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From the Back Cover

Been laid off? Fired? Pushed out?See it coming?This book will help you get back on your feet, develop a plan of action, and find your next great job!


Real answers from real experts:

  • What to do first…and what never to do
  • How to cope with the havoc, trauma, and anger
  • How to protect your professional reputation
  • How to keep your options open
  • Know your rights
  • What to do while you're out of work
  • How to safeguard your finances
  • What to tell your family
  • How to keep it from happening again
  • How to come back stronger and better than ever!

You've just lost your job. (Or you're expecting to.) You know you're not alone: Millions of great people are losing their jobs these days. But this is you we're talking about. Losing your job can turn your life upside down. It can mess with your mind, your heart, your health, your family life...not to mention your financial security. Losing your job is just plain painful. This practical book will help you get through the trauma--and come out stronger, smarter, better. Top workplace expert Martha Finney brings together all the answers you need to empower yourself and regain mastery over your own life. Drawing on powerful insights and personal stories from an enormous network of experts, she answers questions like:

  • How do I protect my finances?
  • How do I get past the anger, alienation, and isolation?
  • Why haven't I heard from my coworkers?
  • What are my rights?
  • Can I get a better severance package?
  • Can I sue? Should I?
  • How do I stay on my career path and keep my options open?
  • How can I objectively evaluate a new job offer?

From start to finish, this book will help you identify your best next steps: the steps that'll help you get past the trauma and move forward--emotionally, financially, in your career, and in every part of your life.


The 29 first, best, and worst things to do after a layoff or firing

    What to do right now--and what you should never do

How to protect yourself, one step at a time

    Practical solutions for safeguarding your finances, your health, and your family

Build your status as an “A player

    Enhancing your visibility, skills, and even your prestige while you're out of work

Learn to love networking

    It's not as bad as you think--really!

Keep it from happening again

Rethinking the whole way you look at employment

About the Author

Martha I. Finney is President and CEO of Engagement Journeys, LLC, and an internationally-respected expert in employee engagement and leadership communications. A business journalist for 20 years before becoming a full-time consultant, she specializes in helping organizations achieve greater employee loyalty, retention, and passion.


Finney is author or coauthor of more than 13 books, including The Truth About Getting the Best From People (FT Press) and HR From the Heart with Yahoo’s Chief People Officer, Libby Sartain. Her original research on the American workplace has been featured on CNN, NPR’s Morning Edition, and in major newspapers nationwide.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: FT Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137021143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137021147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,869,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The daughter of a covert CIA operative, Martha grew up traveling the world and learning life's lessons from a man who was totally committed to his work. From those beginnings, Martha's own life's calling was set in stone -- to explore all the many ways people discover the work they love, land the jobs that they want, and, in turn, help make their companies successful.

Having spent the first part of her career as a journalist, she's now a consultant, speaker and author specializing in employee engagement and career management. She's especally excited about her new book, Rebound: A Proven Plan For Starting Over After Job Loss, and the forthcoming book, Unlock the Hidden Job Market, which she cowrote with the fabulous Duncan Mathison.)

She divides her time between Silicon Valley and Santa Fe, where she shares her honeysuckle-vine covered adobe writer's cottage with three cats, deadlines and a cherry red KitchenAid stand mixer. (Man cannot live on great jobs alone.)

Martha's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post,, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers around the United States.

Her books have been translated into Mandarin, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Which just goes to show that everyone wants to love their work.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TechMSS on June 17, 2009
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This book offers a lot of good advice about what to do when laid off. However, I am only giving it 3 stars for two main reasons: 1) The first third of the book is devoted to what you should do if you think you're in danger of being laid off. That's all well and good, but the title of the book is "Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over AFTER JOB LOSS." Most people picking up this book will already BE laid off. Indeed, although the advice in the first third of the book is useful, it's also very frustrating to read these chapters after one has ALREADY been laid off! (e.g. Part II, Chapter 5: "Financial: What to Do Before You Get Laid Off.") It's very likely that someone reading this book will have already been laid off, and probably didn't follow much of the advice for the pre-layoff, so the whole thing starts off on a rather irritating note.

The second reason I'm giving 3 stars is because the information in the rest of the book, while useful, contains no real epiphanies. The section on finances suggests that you control your spending. The section on landing your next job implores you to use social networking tools, be aggressive, ec. This is all common sense to most people looking for a job. Unfortunately, with the economy in the shambles it is, just following these common sense approaches barely gives you a leg up over the masses.

There are some gems in this book. I enjoyed the section about how to talk about your job loss in interviews -- that kind of thing will definitely come in handy. And the in-depth interviews with people who have lost their jobs and started over are enlightening. But these enjoyable, informative sections are just too few and far between for me to really recommend the entire book.
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Now here's a timely book for our current economic mess... Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss by Martha I. Finney. I got this book by request from Amazon Vine, as I know far too many people who have had to go through the "we're sorry, but you've been laid off" turmoil. I also still remember my (fortunately) one time of unemployment at the start of the [...] bust. I would have done *much* better had I seen this book before those fateful words...

Part 1 - The Inner Game of Getting Laid Off: What to Expect When You're No Longer Expected; New Career Realities and New Career Rules; You're Still in Control
Part 2 - Preparing for a Layoff: Are You on the Layoff List?; Financial - What to Do Before You Get Laid Off; Set the Tone for How You Leave; Plan Your Exit
Part 3 - Know Your Rights: What You Can Expect from a Severance Package; Stop! Just Say No; Ask for Special Treatment; A Word About Noncompete Agreements; Not That It Matters to You, but It Hurts for Them, Too
Part 4 - When You've Been Laid Off: Financial - Control Your Spending; What Do I Do with All This Rage?; The Kids Can Handle the Truth; Good Things to Remember
Part 5 - Landing Your Next Job: The Importance of Having a Plan; Learn to Love Networking; Using Social Networking for Your Job Search; Build Your "A" Player Status Even Though You Are Not Employed; Talking About Your Job Loss in Interviews; How to Evaluate the Job You've Been Offered; Should You Take a Job with a Company That's Laying People Off?; Go! Just Say Yes; Start Your New Job with Confidence; Never Be in This Situation Again
Part 6 - Appendixes: Step Away from the Fridge!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jan Van Zant on March 15, 2009
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Chances are you know of someone, a family member, friend or neighbor who has recently been laid off. In my case, it was me. I just finished reading Rebound and recommend it to anyone who is going through a layoff or thinks it could happen to them, and especially if you think that it can't happen to you!

Not only is this book full of practical and inspirational advice, (addressing your feelings, fears, frustrations, finances and finding your next job), but each chapter ends with three action items: the best thing you can do, the worst thing you could do, and the first thing you should do. I recommend reading the appendixes and resources and suggested reading at the end of the book as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Johnston VINE VOICE on May 16, 2009
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As someone who still has a job (knock on wood) but with a company in the midst of layoffs I was fortunate to come across this book. I have never read a book about losing one's job before but I cannot imagine a book that covers so much ground so efficiently and, strangely I suppose, enjoyably. The author clearly understands that most of the people reading this book will have recently lost their jobs and writes in a very relaxed, comforting style, as if she were having a cup of coffee with you "the morning after" and trying to make you feel better with sensible suggestions and a calming dose of humor. However, in no way does this imply a relaxed attitude towards the information presented. It is not a feel-good book filled with cliches. This book is full of sound financial, legal and psychological advice. Some of the ideas presented are tried and true and most readers will probably have encountered them before but there are certainly enough "Hmm, I never would have thought of that" moments to justify it's purchase in addition to any other book you may have on the subject. This book is a great resource for those who have or may be about to lose their jobs but I would also highly recommend that it be read by people going on job interviews, young adults about to enter the job market and even parents about to start a family as it offers sound advice on how to deal with the familial issues involved in what may be a problem of epidemic proportions in the coming years.
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