If you have not read Part I - (So You Can't Find a Job or a Way to Earn a Living), please read it first, as Part II will make more sense.
The next step in "Remaking Yourself" is going to have several options depending on what your decision is about your real: skills, knowledge, and ability. At this point you will need to decide on a plan with several options: do something on your own, or accept the fact that you will have to work for some one else, or if you are in dire need of any income right now, but later you determine that you will devote yourself to option one or two.
After many years of dealing with employment disciplines and hiring authorities I discovered that the #1 reason people change jobs is because of job satisfaction. So do it right and resolve to search out the right company and job function based on where you fit. Do not try to put a square peg in a round whole. That's why most people don't like what they are doing, or they don't like their boss, or they don't feel they are paid sufficiently. Notice the other four follow "job satisfaction." This is the reason it is so vital that you candidly evaluate your skills, knowledge, and ability.
Now it is time to figure out what industry is best for you. This is best done by going to the library and becoming acquainted with the Thomas Register, or Download Book. (free). This book has over 670,000 sources of supply. It has names of the officers and key executives along with their products and approximate size. If you are looking for employment, or wanting to sell your services or products this is your bible. You can search nationally or regionally. There are other specialized information registries, but don't invest in them until you have exhausted the Thomas Register.
You will notice that I didn't send you to the want d or classifieds, or yellow pages. The Thomas Register will save you time and money; and, after you have made 20-30 telephone calls, many 800 numbers, you will get the hang of it. First rule! Speak to a VP or Senior Manager of your desired discipline. You have 30 seconds to get his or her attention. Make every effort to speak with a non-personnel person first. This is tricky, but essential, because personnel departments rarely hire, they shuffle papers around, and advise the hiring authority about the best resumes that came in from the Recruiting Agencies (which they have to pay a fee on). That is putting a road-block in your path. After you first contact shows interest in you, then you can interact with personnel if the hiring authority says to speak with them to follow their usual protocol.
The Resume! That ubiquitous document that gathers so much dust in filing cabinets. Prepare one, and one page only; clear, truthful and describe: position, title, what you achieved for the company, and a very short job description for each employer. Do not mail out hundreds of resumes; it is a waste of money. If your contacts want one, certainly send them one, but the follow-up phone call to see if they received it, is more important than the paper itself. Only left-handed monkey wrench specialists get hired from a resume. It is the first 90 seconds of your first face-to-interview that makes or breaks the sale. Appearance, dress, cleanliness, manners, and a positive attitude wins the day. If you don't follow these instructions you will waste a lot of money and time.
The Self-Employment Route – The drill is a little different. Part one has reset your thinking. Sharpen what your service, or product, is going to be. Before you start to spend one thin dime, you will need to do your own marketing calls, you use the Thomas Register, and make an assessment of your product or service that you want to consider marketing. Instead of selling yourself, you are now selling and test-marketing what it is you decided to specialize in providing. Once you have found your concept to have sales merit. You are on your way. Start small and hold down all of the costs.
I have kept these words short and to the point. This plan is pure common sense. Follow it and you will be successful. Deviate from it and you will not have the success you deserve. Good luck.