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Recover, reconnect and reposition yourself after job loss.
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Thank You for Firing Me!
Unfortunately, unemployment is on the rise—leaving many people anxious about how to recreate themselves and renew their careers after being fired. This fresh, funny, and smart guide will be their life saver, providing them with the information they need to thrive even in this tight economic environment. It will help jobseekers and prospective entrepreneurs figure out what they really want to do next, understand the changing job market, and find work in growth areas such as green technology. There's also advice on retraining, freelancing and independent contracting, and Internet marketing options, as well as a chapter devoted specifically to women. Personal interviews with workers who changed their lives after getting laid off—and who are now doing what they love—offer additional inspiration.
What to do After You Wipe Out
“If you’re not fired up with enthusiasm you’ll be fired with enthusiasm” Vince Lombardi
So, you’ve been fired. Take a deep breath. Now let it out slowly. You packed your coffee mug and cleared your desk, feeling rejected, embarrassed and freaked out over what happened. Okay, go ahead and stomp your feet if you have to, and shout “Hey! It’s not fair!” But be careful, or someone might call the cops. Being unemployed and in jail is not a good thing.
Even if you actually feel relieved—or thrilled because you’ll never have to bust your butt for that place again, you may feel like a loser without a job.
Being fired, or laid-off, downsized, let-go or bought out sucks. You may panic that you won’t have a place to go every day and your life won’t have purpose. Your family and friends may worry and paying four dollars for a latte suddenly seems insane.
You might be concerned about paying the mortgage or for that overpriced SUV you bought when everything looked rosy. But trust us; in a few months you’ll probably scratch your head and wonder why you even cared about that job. Really, what was so good about it anyway?
Maybe you slogged to the workplace for 8 to 10 hours a day carrying your lunch in a bag, working with people you wouldn’t normally speak to, and you hated your boss. Come on, you can admit it. He/she was a jerk. Most are: That’s why they’re the boss. If you were the boss who
just got canned, you were probably a jerk too. But here’s your chance to start fresh. A do-over if you will.
This funny and energetic guidebook for the recently (or repeatedly) fired from entrepreneur and comedian Martini and journalist Reed begins with a sympathetic but no-nonsense plan for picking yourself up after you've lost a job, and moves swiftly into the brainstorming and planning necessary to start the next—and more satisfying—career. Readers are challenged to answer the all-important question What are you passionate about? and strategize from there with an eye to becoming a self-employed independent contractor. Martini and Reed investigate such potential growth markets as green industries and the Gen Y market as well as the new outcropping of nontraditional jobs for women. Advice on finding community and places to get help and a plethora of resources elevate this cheerful, encouraging book into an invaluable resource. (Mar.)
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Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job. Kitty Martini and Candice Reed
Since the U.S. has lost 8.4 million jobs in the Great Recession, this hopeful guide to life after the ax would seem to have a ready market. The authors offer valuable tips for keeping yourself together (exercise, sleep, a sound diet, socializing and staying active) and plotting your future after a job loss.
While Martini and Reed can sound Pollyannaish, given the bleak job market ("If you were unhappy or in a job that wasn't right, your boss did you a favor"), this spirited book should help the immobilized find some footing.
THE BOTTOM LINE: You are not alone!
Library Journal Book Smack
Kitty Martini and Candice Reed's Thank You for Firing Me!
By Elenita Chmilowski -- Library Journal, 5/6/2010
Self-help tends to elicit love or hate. In our fifth Book Cheer, Elenita Chmilowski offers the former with her praise of Kitty Martini and Candice Reed's Thank You for Firing Me!, a sound addition for the job-hunting shelf.
Name: Elenita Chmilowski
Title: Director of Library Sales, Perseus Books Group; visit the Perseus Library Services website or sign up to receive a monthly library newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
he Winner: Kitty Martini and Candice Reed's Thank You for Firing Me! (Sterling) is a practical, useful, and timely book that grew out of the authors' own experiences of being out of work and wanting not just to survive, but thrive and succeed. Martini, a writer, stand-up comic, and entrepreneur, and Reed, a journalist who runs a PR firm, take a realistic look at job hunting, from the fears to the triumphs. In a personal, humorous way, they discuss the different worries that come up when we're out of work. Readers will appreciate the sensible coverage of prospects and how to reconnect while getting the most out of this time. There are also resources for each phase of the search, including interviews with those who have been in the same situation and how they got back on their feet.
To boot, the book collects great web and print resources. For instance, Chapter 8: Big Waves Ahead; Hot Green Industries Coming Your Way! has a strong and informative collection of resources. Thirty-four pages of resources that coincide to each chapter are included in the back of the book as well. Just as the authors moved on to success, so will readers who use this book.
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