'Smile more, complain less': How a job transition can make the difference

Before Karen Amatangelo-Block was the director of global recruiting at Abt Associates, she made a career switch that changed her life for the better. Photo by: Personal collection

When her work became more about reducing costs and less about recruiting top talent, Karen Amatangelo-Block knew it was time for a change. After nearly 15 years of hard work perfecting her craft in talent acquisition for law firms, Amatangelo-Block switched paths and began at Abt Associates.

It wasn’t a decision she made easily or abruptly, but the key for her, she said, was a passion to feel more like she was positively contributing in her workplace and being able to take her “toolkit” of skills with her.   

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