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Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want Hardcover – January 7, 2010

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About the Author

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning entertainment reporter and film critic who gives daily reports on 16 Entercom radio stations and runs Filmazing.com. She has appeared on news and talk shows including NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, Dr. Phil, Inside Edition, CNBC, CNN, Rachael Ray, Fox News, and others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mademoiselle, Forbes, and on the AP Wire service. She is a popular lecturer at The Learning Annex. She is the author of the tongue-in-cheek book How to Snare A Millionaire (St. Martin's Press) and is co-author with Patti Stanger of Become Your Own Matchmaker (Atria, January '09).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (January 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446549657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446549653
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I had the priviledge to receive a copy of Lisa's book to help me in my job search. What helped me tremendously was the section she calls "botoxing your resume." I had paid a well-known job search company a significant amount of money to write my resume -- I received no call backs for interviews using that resume. But, with Lisa's advice I redesigned my resume and I started getting calls. In fact, I was told by a recruiter that I had an EXCELLENT resume. The other pieces of advice that helped were the suggestions about ATTITUDE, such as interviewing like a "rock star" and "looking the part." Being out of work is overwhelming and at times demoralizing, but Lisa's encouraging advice made a tremendous difference. I could not afford to let my emotions negatively influence a potential employer -- or my motivation to find the RIGHT job. She reminded me that if I didn't behave like a dynamic professional...why would anyone believe me? Career Comeback also helped to reinforce that I was also doing some things right -- and helped to show me many ways I could do them better. I kept Lisa's book closeby and reread sections again and again as I went through my job search -- I call her my personal job coach. I would greatly recommend this book to anyone in today's challenging job market -- and even to those who are not in the job market but want to remain viable. The job market has changed dramatically in the last few years, and Lisa provides a lot of advice so professionals can remain competitive.
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Format: Hardcover
If you're really out of the loop with current trends, technology and culture, and don't know too many Gen-Y or Gen-X workers, this book likely has information that will help you with your job search.

However, if you're accustomed to working with new technology and people from these generations (or even if you're an older Gex-X person yourself), you're probably not "out of the loop" enough to learn a lot from this book. For example, if you didn't know that Gen-Y wants to communicate by text even if they're across the room from you, you haven't been watching what's been going on in the world around you for the past 5 or more years. That tidbit isn't exactly news to many of us.

Also, the fashion advice in this book is decided biased toward America. Those seeking work in Canada, the UK, New Zealand or Australia would do well to ignore it and follow the norms that apply in their countries. For example, in America, hose = dowdy, but elsewhere, no hose = unfinished and not well put together. I did greatly appreciate the author bucking the Clint Kelly "the best hemline for every woman is right at the bend of the knee" advice trend on skirts, and recommending that each woman should choose the skirt length that is most flattering to them, not what is the current trend. And do workers over 40 really need to know that a casual dress code does not mean that jeans that show one's butt cleavage and muffin top are OK? I think that's more likely to be advice useful to the Gen-Y set.

One piece of advice is to invite a 20-something to peruse your closet and toss anything not current-style.
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Format: Hardcover
Unemployment abounds for all job seekers, but those over 40 face additional age related barriers. In Career Comeback, author Lisa Johnson Mandell, a 49 year old entertainment journalist, shares how she successfully "botoxed her resume" to a new job. As Johnson Mandell confesses, "my own career comeback plan involved finding my niche, branding myself, freshening up my image from head to toe, rabid social networking, and age proofing my resume so that my over-forty status would not be readily apparent."

Career Comeback walks the reader through the necessary steps to become an "ageless" job seeker. Johnson Mandell is a talented writer who makes a serious subject fun such as including a "How Hip Are You" quiz (hint if you don't know what Huffpo and DS are you probably need a pop culture refresher course) and "12 Items You Need to Throw Away Now" (who knew that nude panty hose was passé?) . And for the short of cash job seekers, she details a "One-Day Career Comeback for $50 or Less."

Career Comeback is an informative and surprisingly fun read!

Publisher: Springboard Press (January 7, 2010), 256 pages.
Advance Review Copy Provided Courtesy of the Publisher.
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Format: Hardcover
There came a time not too long ago t I wondered if I was too old to continue with my education. It is taking me longer than I had planned and as the years whiz by I feel as if I once again missed the boat. I know, a lot people have reinvented themselves in their "mature" years, but I still hold on to some doubt that I will be among them. Or at least this is what I thought before I read Career Comeback by Lisa Johnson Mandell.

Normally I stay away from anything that smells of "self help" but the subject matter appealed to me. I thought it would not hurt to hear what Mandell had to say about repackaging yourself to get the job you have always wanted (back cover blurb). I was not disappointed, no rather I was energized by Mandell's advice.
Mandell writes in a very engaging manner. She is straightforward and likable. You will not find a collection of spin, double speak or sound bites. This book is full of wisdom for those of us over 40 and feel too old to change professions. Mandell reminds us that we have more to offer than those who are just starting out in the job market. We more stable, less likely to become pregnant, marry, divorce, move or decide this job is not for us. Mandell teachers her readers how to use their life experience as an asset in job interviews and most importantly teaches us that we have a lot to offer. This last point really resonated with me. I had forgotten my own worth! After reading this book (twice) I feel better about my plans and look forward to changing careers. I highly recommend this book to anyone of any age who is hesitant to change careers. Mandell may inspire you to go for that golden ring.
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