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Career Comeback: Eight steps to getting back on your feet when you're fired, laid off, or your business ventures has failed--and finding more job satisfaction than ever before Paperback – January 6, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767915577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767915571
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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 r‚sum‚ 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.

From Booklist

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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Cathy Goodwin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
As a career consultant, I'm on the lookout for books to recommend to my clients. Career Comeback passes the test.

One preliminary note: The cover refers to failed business ventures, but this topic does not appear to be covered. Publishers, not authors, usually write cover copy, so we can't fault Richardson. I believe you'd have to make major adaptations to these 8 steps if your business goes south.

The most valuable information comes in the first half of the book: dealing with being fired. I agree with just about everything Richardson says. He's one of the few authors to recommend sitting down with a financial planner right after you talk to your family. His advice on dealing with an employer after being fired is very sound. And many will find the exercises useful: Review what went wrong -- in and out of your control.

So mostly I like Steps 1-4 of Richardson's 8-step program.

Step 5 ("Find out what matters to you") is a good start, but I think Richardson underestimates the degree to which we identify with our professions. "You're still the same person" strikes me as one of those irritating, useless bromides. Many of us will be branded as an "ex" for a long time and will have difficulty losing that identity, no matter how hard we try. And the experience of losing a career we love can change us in deep ways.

"One role is temporarily diminished while another moves into its place..." won't help those who identify strongly with a profession. And your other roles will be affected by job loss. Friends view you differently. You may not be able to afford the activities you enjoyed with your friends and family. Some arts organizations actually encourage high-level volunteers to resign when they no longer hold jobs.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Perhaps you were downsized out of your last job. Maybe your previous employer went belly up. Or it could be that you were in business for yourself and your company failed due to unanticipated market changes. Whatever the reason, you find yourself in the unenviable position of seeking a new way to earn a living. You may have been living paycheck to paycheck and need to find a new gig immediately. Or you may be fortunate enough to have saved a few bucks for a rainy day so you have a little time and space to work with here.

Whatever your situation, Bradley Richardson has written a book that absolutely deserves your consideration. "Career Comeback: Eight Steps to Getting Back On Your Feet When You're Fired, Laid Off, Or Your Business Venture Has Failed--and Finding More Job Satisfaction Than Ever Before" was really the end result of the author going through just such a crisis himself. I have read a few of these books over the years and let me assure you this is clearly the best of the bunch. This book is a cornucopia of ideas and useful advice. He points out many of the useful resources all around you (family, friends, church, agencies etc.) and encourages you to make use of them. I was particularly pleased with the dozens of websites that Richardson recommends that are sure to aid the diligent job seeker in his/her search for that elusive "ideal" situation. Whether you are looking for work in the manufacturing or retail sector or are a seasoned executive who was a victim of "downsizing" this book will prove invaluable in your job search. I will be integrating much of what I have learned here into my own job search. Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2004
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I was laid off before the holidays and it has been so difficult since then. I've found plenty of information about "finding a job" but I heard about Career Comeback on the news and I have to tell you, it is the first thing I've found that really seemed to understand what I'm going through....and what my family is going through as well. Finally something that I can really use. I recommend to everyone...especially if you have been laid off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RDC on March 24, 2007
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This is good guide for handling a career set back and positioning yourself to move forward with confidence. A mix of no-nonsense advice and practicle exercises, I found that Richardson's method added value to my situation. I STRONGLY recommend doing the exercises, especially in the chapter on moving forward. Some of it can seem a little odd (like writing a scathing letter to folks in your past job, then burning it as a form of release from the past) but they actually do help. Finding yourself in the job hunt, especially with little or no notice, is an unpleasant thing, and Richardson helps you look at the many facets of this situation and then develop your plan for moving forward to your next position.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff M. Brown on August 23, 2008
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I read this book at the end of my most recent career-transition period; I wish I had read it at the beginning. The book contains several exercises designed to get you thinking creatively and proactively about your most recent position so that you can move on to your next one. The author also spends a lot time drilling home the need to be persistent, and set achieveable job search goals in weekly increments.

Most insightful for me however, were passages detailing the extent to which friends and family members are affected by the psychological fall out common to all job transitions. If you're facing a period of career transition, you owe it them (and yourself) to read this book.
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