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Fired to Hired: Bouncing Back from Job Loss to Get to Work Right Now Paperback – August 4, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Original edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425230554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tory Johnson is simply the best. Her ideas are exciting. Her heart is big and embracing. There is no better coach, champion, and friend on the path to your dreams."
--Diane Sawyer

"I love it when I get a chance to work with Tory on Good Morning America. She is passionate about helping our viewers. Tory's ideas for getting hired and creative and lead to positive results."
-Robin Roberts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tory Johnson is the founder and CEO of Women For Hire, a nationally respected organization that produces career fairs and conducts job-seeking seminars for women throughout the country. She is a frequent media guest and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NBC, and FOX news. Robyn Freedman Spizman, has authored more than sixty books and is a frequent guest on CNN and Headline News, and has appeared for two decades as a consumer advocate on NBC in Atlanta. Lindsey Pollak, a Yale graduate, is involved with many national women’s organizations and has served as Director of Business Development at

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This book will serve those seeking a job, changing careers, or re-entering the workforce.
Ray Cagle
When you're feeling like you can't keep going in your job search or you're still suffering from being fired or laid off from work, you really need to read this book.
Donna Galatas
This is definitely one of the most comprehensive books I've read on the topic, and yet it remains very concise.
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128 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Robin on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Tory Johnson starts out this book with an example that is supposed to show us that she feels our pain. She tells us about the devastating experience of getting fired from NBC at age...22. No, I am not kidding. We hear the story of all her first job, how she liked it and how she got fired. Apparently she actually believes this example is meaningful. She was devastated but, she had $23,000 in the bank.(Presumably the result of a cash payout for being laid off.) She writes "With a cool $23,000 in the bank, going to the ATM, didn't seem so scary. That is until rent payments, retail therapy, and a few more cash withdrawls whittled away at those five figures."

As an executive recruiter I could not believe the egotistical indulgence of this story. I sit day after day hearing professional people, people with established careers, families and a lot to offer--tell me that they have been fired.

Being fired when you are expert at your profession, and ten years older than the junior player firing you is what is happening every day in this country. Its demoralizing. It makes you wonder who you are--and that is something that's a lot more painful at 50 than at 22. (At 22 you don't even know who you are.) So, in one fell swoop Johnson provedsshe doesn't have a clue--and tells a story guaranteed to demoralize most people who read this book.

Everyone has had a few stumbles at 22. Trust me Tory--ITS NOTHING. People who are twenty-two can actually survive on unemployment. People in their 50s with kids in college don't do "retail therapy." The only thing this silly story told me was that Tory Johnson made a lot of money when she was very young--and doesn't have any idea what being fired means when you are no longer a kid. Can you re-engineer your career?
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Morganalee on March 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was at the library and this book was on display. Its title attracted me. "Maybe finally some solid advice for the less-than-sterling applicant," I thought. Not really. Although there is some acknowledgment of the particular toughness of the job market at the time of the book's publication (late 2009) and inclusion of the changes the Internet has made in looking for a job, there's very little here that couldn't be found in any standard job-hunting manual of the past 20 years or so. I'm not job-hunting, so it was mere curiosity that drew me to the book on the library shelf. Had I been out of work and spent the minimum $4.00 for it (one cent plus 3.99 "shipping and handling"), I'd feel ripped off. There's a lot of the obvious here, and little that's fresh, despite Johnson's inclusion of her favorite song titles for revving up one's job-hunting juices. Network, pump up the resume with action verbs, be ready to pass out those business cards at the bus stop and gas station. Yes, we know. The book is plumped up with plenty of name-dropping and what the author supposes are inspiring stories from the likes of people (network-anchor types, Maria Shriver, and so forth) that are likely to make the unemployed feel seriously inadequate. And she writes, as all such job coaches write, as if her reader were like herself: Type A, driven, people-oriented, highly-energized, so full of tangible accomplishments at her last job that she must whittle them down to a manageable list--and out of work? How? Do people like this get fired, even in a "down" economy, or stay out of work long enough to get used to sleeping late? I'm on the lookout for a book called "I Landed a Great Job After Doing Hard Time." Now, that one should have something fresh to say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Wolf on November 27, 2012
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Unlike some other career books (Quitter, No More Mondays, & 48 days) this book is far more practical and does not so much focus on finding a "dream job" as it is on begin practical and sometimes having to re-market oneself for the job market. If one lives in a area where their dream job is going overseas, then they MUST re-market themselves or they will end up working at low paying jobs. I have spent far too much time on trying to find my dream job that I have damaged my career when I need to find ones marketable and what I can do. 48 Days, Quitter, and No More Mondays focus way too much on the "pie in the sky" and are not as practical as this one. I recommend this book very highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sherlock Holmes on December 5, 2013
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I couldn't decide while reading this book if it was really to help job seekers find a job, or if it was just a way for the author to talk about herself and name drop everyone she's rubbed shoulders with in TV and politics. There are a few good pieces of advice peppered throughout the book, but nothing seems to go into much depth. For example, the section on cover letters contains some pithy advice and a template cover letter that contains advice about what to put in each paragraph. Nowhere does the author actually show what she would consider and example of a good cover letter. Too much is left up to the reader to figure out. If she used more space in this book to give real job searching advice with examples rather than going on and on about her company and her contacts it would be much more useful. I have found several other job search books out there that offer a tremendous amount more advice with examples and models of how to do what is being suggested.
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