CNNMoney says Give yourself a career makeover…

Dress for success

One of CNNMoney's suggestions on how you could best use/save $1000 is by investing it into your professional wardrobe.

The best-looking people earn an extra $250,000 over their careers, reports economist Daniel Hamermesh. A snappy outfit can take you a long way; $1,000 worth of ideas, from Kathryn Finney of the Budget Fashionista:

For a man:

  • Designer suit ($400 at Nordstrom Rack)
  • Custom dress shirt ($90 at russellandhodge.com)
  • Oxfords from Allen Edmunds ($279 at Zappos.com)
  • Leather messenger bag ($258 at Kennethcole.com)

For a woman:

  • Classic sheath dress ($150 at WhiteHouseBlackMarket)Gabardine wool suit ($370 at JCrew.com)
  • Leather handbag ($322 at Bluefly.com)
  • A great haircut and color ($150)

Beef up your skills

  • Project management, public speaking, and web technology skills are sought after in almost any career, says Stephen Viscusi, author of “Bulletproof Your Job.”
  • A continuing education class at your local college or university is likely to cost $1,000 or less. Northwestern University, for example, offers a Foundations of Project Management course ($995) that teaches you the tools you need to efficiently — and cost-effectively — take a large project from beginning to end.
  • Got a few bucks left over? Join an industry group and talk up your new skills at the next gathering.

Redo “Brand You”

Buy two sessions with an executive career coach ($800). “The biggest impediment for people in their career is how they tell their story,” says Penelope Trunk, author and founder of BrazenCareerist.com. A good coach will not only rewrite your résumé but also teach you how to talk about it. Get referrals from colleagues and friends, or visit coachfederation.org/find-a-coach. 

Next, broadcast your new identity to the world: Register yourname.com and buy a year’s worth of web hosting through GoDaddy.com ($80). Hire a junior designer (try elance.com) to help you set up a simple, easily updatable site with your résumé, bio, skills, and contact info ($100 to $150).

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About GREGinSD

A Generation X|Y'er that resides in beautiful San Diego, Ca.
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