From Publishers Weekly
This realistic look at dealing with getting downsized is written by an author who has "been through this crap so many times that I can rightly and truly call myself an expert." Laskoff talks readers through the process of getting angry at those who laid them off, then through the necessity of owning up to the reasons why they themselves might be accountable. With tips on rallying support from friends and family, finding meaningful activities to pursue while job hunting and keeping up good relationships with those near and dear, this book covers just about all the issues unemployed people face. The second half of the book tackles the business of finding a new, better job, and Laskoff offers solid advice for resume writing, marketing one's skills, interviewing, networking and negotiating offers. And he reminds readers not to take the first job that comes along (e.g. "What's your gut telling you? If your tummy has you seeking the nearest bar not to celebrate but to dull the prospect of impending pain, maybe you should let this one pass"). With the down-to-earth advice in this book, searching for a new job might not hurt so much after all.
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Unlike most authors of job-hunting guides, Laskoff isn't a professional career consultant or empowerment guru; he is simply a guy who's gone through more than his share of firings, layoffs, and downsizings, managing to make a successful comeback each time. This guide has more humor and personal flair--and less authoritative instruction--than is typical, and is much the better for it. His descriptive nicknames for former bosses and associates (Fearless Leader, Ivy League, Peyote, and Walrus) are right on target. And the narratives alone are worthwhile reading as Laskoff discusses getting "dumped," venting his rage at the miserable creep who did it, finding support and then alienating his supporters, and finally admitting his own culpability. Though he repeats his mistakes, he eventually learns how to recast personality traits (like his big mouth) as assets instead of liabilities. Eventually, he gets down to brass tacks, sharing information about where good jobs are really found along with real-world advice on resumes and the mine-strewn interview process. David SiegfriedCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved