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Richardson, currently manager of the recruitment Web site of the Wall Street Journal and author of other career guides (Jobsmarts for Twentysomethings), was looking for work himself in 2000 after his company failed. The practical advice given here is based on his expertise in career guidance as well as on his personal experience finding employment. In addition to providing detailed suggestions for sharpening skills-such as rsum writing, interviewing, working with recruiters and networking-he addresses the psychological and emotional problems that often accompany the loss of a job. The author recommends keeping communication with family members open and discussing the positive steps that will be taken to remedy the situation. As soon as you lose your job or suspect it may happen in the near future, Richardson stresses the importance of establishing whatever financial safety net is available, for example, a severance package (that can be negotiated), savings, unemployment insurance or possibilities for temporary income. Although getting support from others who have lost their own jobs can be useful, it is heartening, as well, to spend time with friends who enjoy your company outside of work. Upbeat and clearly written, Richardson's comeback program will be welcomed by many during this continuing period of economic downturn.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Richardson, who wrote a sharp job-hunting guide for college grads called JobSmarts for TwentySomethings (1995), went on to form a career-counseling business and consulted extensively in the field for eight years. But after an entrepreneurial venture failed, he suffered his own career setback and was forced to become a job seeker himself. Despite his expertise, he found himself experiencing the same fears and frustrations as anyone who is out of work. He ultimately did make a comeback and now works for the Wall Street Journal. This guide is unique in that it focuses on how to deal with both the emotional and practical elements of piecing your life together after a major career setback or disappointment. Richardson gives direct advice about recognizing the warning signs of a possible layoff, preparing for an imminent one, breaking the news to family and friends, finding a support system, and turning things around. With unemployment on the rise, this book should easily find its audience. David Siegfried
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