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  • Perfect Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Shank Painter Publishing; First edition (October 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888959452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888959451
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly has created an original handbook for workers of the 21st century that is beautifully written and very inspiring. She teaches you how to be the master of your own life and proactively and positively maneuver in the new workplace and win. By telling you the truth about how you can be your authentic self in the new marketplace and giving you detailed guidance of what to do and how to do it, this book will become a career classic. I will certainly be recommending it to clients and colleagues as a must read. --Gail McMeekin, President of Creative Success, Author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women and The Power of Positive Choices

The clarity and wisdom in this book are amazing. Beverly Ryle reframes the task of finding work in a practical way that fits current times and helps the reader to be optimistic, proactive, and even excited about it. Chapter Four, "Throw Out Your Resume and Stop Networking," is worth the price of the book in itself. Ground of Your Own Choosing will be highly valuable to career counselors, as well as individuals who want to be more entrepreneurial about their careers. --Edwin C. Nevis, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Gestalt International Study Center, Author of Organizational Consulting: A Gestalt Approach and Intentional Revolutions: A Seven-Point Strategy for Transforming Organizations

Whatever your reason for being involved in job-search, you should read Ground of Your Own Choosing before you take another step.

This thought-provoking book offers hope to those caught in the job-search maze, struggling valiantly and often futilely to get hired. It lays out a clear path to follow to identify your personal skills and work preferences and align yourself with people and organizations that need and want you! It turns the job search process upside down and inside out and will revolutionize your thinking about how you define and find work in the 21st century.

This book should cause everyone who provides job search advice to reconsider what they are currently telling their clients. It points out what we already know that traditional approaches no longer work for many job seekers and lays out a fresh approach that does work.

Whether you are a career changer, a stay-at-home mom considering a return to the business world, a new graduate, or a recently outplaced seasoned professional, Ground of Your Own Choosing will help you view the job search in a whole new way. --Barbara Hyle, Senior Associate Director, Alumni and Graduate Career Development, Bentley College

About the Author

As a career counselor and business consultant, Beverly Ryle has been helping corporate professionals, business owners, and people-in-transition achieve their full potential for over twenty-five years. After an extensive career as a resume expert, career counselor and corporate outplacement consultant in Fairfield County, CT, where she worked with clients at every organizational level, she moved to Cape Cod where she maintains coaching relationships with individuals all over the U.S. and provides customized, individual career retreats for people who are ready to take charge of their professional future. Her ability to guide clients through a professional development process is built upon expertise in transition, communications, and negotiations, as well as the best practices of leadership, marketing, and consultative sales. This integration of counseling and business disciplines has proven to be very effective in the work she does with individuals and groups. In addition to individual counseling she provides transition, leadership, and sales training to business organizations, and regularly delivers professional development seminars on both business and career topics. Her credentials include: graduate education in business and career development; professional certification with William Bridges and Richard Bolles; training at the Cape Cod Institute with thought leaders such as Joan Goldsmith, Charles and Edith Seashore, Margaret Wheatley, and David Cooperrider; Leadership in the 21st Century and the Cape Cod Training Program at the Gestalt International Study Center.

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Ryle's "Ground of your own Choosing" provides inspiration and guidance for those contemplating a professional change to connect with meaningful and engaging work.
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I worked with Beverly when my consulting practice needed a more clear vision and more effective marketing strategies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Brooks on December 1, 2008
"It's a new day," Beverly tell us in her book about finding work. Resumes, networking, and daily internet searches will not get us the work or career we hope to have. The reality of work search and work itself has undergone seismic shifts. Today's workers will have an average of ten different employers by age 38. Much work needing to be done can now be done anywhere by those electronically connected. No longer does the long-sanctioned, outdated job search produce results.

Into this void between old and new steps GROUND OF YOUR OWN CHOOSING. Ryle explains that we must learn to negotiate the new realities of becoming and staying employed. We need to be entrepreneurial in how we view our work, to think 'projects' rather than long-term employment, to see the people we work for as clients not as employers. It may seem overwhelming to take on such responsibility rather than to look for yet one more organization that will keep us safely employed for years. But that is what is necessary, and it is what Ryle helps us do.

Ryle, like all good teachers, straddles the line between kindness and task master. Her plan is clear, her support is palpable, and her years of experience as a career counselor are evident. She tells us what we must do to be on the GROUND OF OUR OWN CHOOSING rather than to be ground up by a system that no longer works. This book packs a lot of punch. This book is a gem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David J. Caolo on November 11, 2008
I found Bev when I was at a real crossroads in my career. Having lost the job I held for 14 years, I didn't know what to do.

Not only did Bev point me in the right direction, she gave me the tools and philosophies to effectively find work in this, the post-industrial revolution.

Today, I'm so thrilled that Bev has written all of that down in this book. Bev has a clear vision of what's happening in the contemporary workforce as well as what's going to happen. This book will have you absolutely prepared and enthused.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan S. Cook on April 3, 2009
As a career coach, I see tons of books on this subject, but have yet to see one combine inspiration with practicality so elegantly and concisely. She keenly addresses the on-the-street issues of today's job seekers with stories anyone can relate to. Beverly's business insight and spot-on approach will encourage any reader to not only feel inspired but want to use her suggestions and results-based tools.
I can't remember the last time I've hi-lighted a career book as much as this one. For anyone who says "What do I do instead" of resume writing and networking, read this book. The world of work has forever changed and this is a "must have" for anyone who wants to finally take control of their career.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Buonopane on March 27, 2009
I worked with Beverly when my consulting practice needed a more clear vision and more effective marketing strategies. With a changing economy and the desire to increase productivity Beverly gave me the tools and strategies that enabled me to land one of my most lucrative and successful clients!
Securing new clients or finding a new employer - they are similar in nature. I am thrilled she has written all of her knowledge and expertise in a book. Now everyone has access to her ideas and expertise! So whether you are an entrepreneur inside an organization or in your own business you should follow her advice. Read the book! Act upon her suggestions. You will be prepared and ready to become the entrepreneur needed in the current marketplace today.
Donna M. Buonopane, Ph.D. - Principal/Consultant DMB Consulting & Associates (Boston/Cape Cod)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Lipman on December 17, 2008
I will recommend this book to my clients and candidates whenever I can. Bev Ryle writes from such an authentic place of experience and truth that this will be sure to be a helpful resource to anyone looking to make a change. The tools that are spelled out so beautifully in this book gives the reader an opportunity to approach change from their own authentic place. So refreshing to read something like this which presents a fresh approach to finding and creating a new worklife.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Parker on December 1, 2008
I was looking for resources for a client who is involved in a career development process, and this book dropped into my lap at exactly the right time. As I read and re-read the book, I found it personally and professional helpful. Here is a book I can recommend to many people; those at the beginning of their work life, and those mid-way through their working careers, who are now in a position where they must re-purpose themselves to make a living.

For someone like myself, who has reinvented myself multiple times since I first entered the work force 36 years ago, this book reinforces my experience. You do have to know where you have been, where you want to go, and how to organize your life to provide the necessary resources and support to get to where you want to be. What is new for me is have it named so succinctly and practically, and to have proof that the rules have indeed changed in the work world. Thank Heavens, and Beverly Ryle, that I don't have to push myself to "network" in the same way ever again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bernardin on November 17, 2008
As a career coach, I was particulary interested in reading the latest book to hit the market. It's an easy read. And, now, I've begun to recommend it to clients and other coaches.
To my surprise, however, I found myself pausing to answer some of the questions and complete the exercises to benefit my own practice and refresh my spirit. This book, aptly titled because it's strategic and empowering, will be very helpful for those who know the career search process is entrepreneurial and relationship-based.
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