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“a practical approach to job satisfaction.... Boston-based business writer Martha E. Mangelsdorf systematically addresses a host of issues, shares inspiring stories, and offers a set of best practices for career changers.”
—Boston Globe’s Sunday book section “Shelf Life”
 
Mangelsdorf “provides a number of very helpful references and resources as well as a bit of inspiration... She’s a good writer, too,...her anecdotes are vivid and relatable.”
—Richard Pachter, Miami Herald
 
Named one of “5 Books That Will Help Your Career.” Said: “The real-person interviews are inspiring and show you that even though it’s hard work, finding the right career can improve your happiness.”
—CareerBuilder.com

“If you’re considering a career change, this book should be your go-to resource for insight, strategy, and practical advice. But even better, it serves up the inspiration we all need to do something great, thanks to real stories from people who’ve discovered their best life.”
–Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

“The genius of this book is its integration of solid, tried-and-true principles of career change with practical, engaging real-life stories of people who used them. An essential resource for career-changers and those who love them.”
–Margaret Benefiel, PhD, author of Soul at Work and The Soul of a Leader

“If you’re thinking about changing careers, Martha Mangelsdorf’s book is a must-read. Even if you’re not thinking about changing careers, it’s a should-read. Her fascinating stories about successful career-changers will make you ask yourself vital questions that are all too easy to ignore.”
–Bo Burlingham, editor at large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

About the Author

Martha E. Mangelsdorf is an experienced business and careers writer. She is a former senior editor and senior writer for Inc. magazine, and her work has appeared in a diverse range of publications—from Family Circle magazine to the Wall Street Journal. While a freelance journalist, Mangelsdorf for four years wrote a monthly feature on career change, called “Transitions,” for the Boston Globe.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 1st edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088244
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martha E. Mangelsdorf is an experienced business and careers writer. She is a former senior editor and senior writer for Inc. magazine, and her work has appeared in a diverse range of publications-- from Family Circle magazine to The Wall Street Journal.

While a freelance journalist, Mangelsdorf for four years wrote a monthly feature on career change, called "Transitions," for the Boston Globe. She then wrote "Strategies for Successful Career Change."

"Strategies for Successful Career Change" has been named one of "5 Books That Will Help Your Career" by CareerBuilder.com and one of the "Best New Books for Job Hunting" by More.com. The book is published by Ten Speed Press, which is an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House. You can find out more about the book -- as well as find links to resources for people in career transition that are mentioned in each chapter of the book -- at www.strategiesforcareerchange.com.

After serving for several years as a freelance editor for MIT Sloan Management Review, Mangelsdorf is now a senior editor at that publication. There she edits and writes for both the quarterly publication and its website.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anthony W. Beshara on July 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have been recruiting and finding people new jobs since 1973. Most "career change" books lead people to believe that changing careers is easy and all they have to do is "dream it." This book is the real deal.
It explains, very clearly, how difficult it is to change careers and how to go about doing it.
I have been asked thousands of times about changing careers. I tell folks how hard it is to do. This book explains how to do it. It doesn't promise. It delivers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Some people decide to switch careers to pursue more gratifying work. Others have career change thrust upon them by company closings, downsizing or technological advancements. Whatever the reason, changing careers can be stressful and bewildering. Business writer Martha E. Mangelsdorf's common sense manual, while a bit simplistic, does a good job of breaking the process into manageable steps. The first is identifying what you want. That is never easy, but once you manage it, the rest of your transition will fall into place so you can focus on practicalities. Can you find opportunities in a related field or even within your current company? What are your strengths, weaknesses and "transferable skills"? Can you switch careers without additional training and education? Could you overlap careers or work two jobs to maintain your financial security? Mangelsdorf answers all these questions and more, using successful career change stories to punctuate her points. If you are at a career crossroads, getAbstract recommends this guide to help you navigate through the tumult.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah A. Yaffe on August 11, 2009
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Filled with helpful exercises and practical tips, Martha Mangelsdorf's book will help anyone at a career crossroads clarify the way forward. And her overall strategy -- set long- and short-term goals, then take small, concrete steps to realize them -- has wide application in many areas of life.
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