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Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want Hardcover – January 7, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
50/50 .... Some ideas are good, some are not... I wouldn't spent a dime on it but wife wanted it ...Published 12 months ago by vandros
Ms. Mandell's book contains a ton of advice for women who are recreating themselves in today's work place. Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by Diane
I'm 54 and have decided to go back to work. This book gave me a ton of awesome advise. Botoxing my resume --wow! I couldn't wait to make the changes. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Phyllis
With all due respects, this book is not worth reading. Here is why:
1- The information is far too basic. Read more
Lisa Johnson Mandell, an entertainment journalist, has been there: an underemployed, 40-something woman looking for work in a tough industry, Hollywood's media market. Read morePublished on December 10, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
Entertainment journalist Lisa Johnson Mandell received a rude
awakening when her husband told her, "Honey, you look old." . . . Read more
I've just finished enjoying this book and while it's written primarily for women, it's full of great techniques for men as well. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Ainsley Hanes
You only have one life, don't waste it doing things you hate. "Career Comeback: Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want" is a guide to completely overhauling oneself in order to... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Midwest Book Review