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Eliminated! Now What?: Finding Your Way from Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Jean Baur shows you how to cope with the shock, hurt, and depression of a job loss. She seems to put her arm around you and say, We can get through this together. Then she shows you a step-by-step way to go about getting that next job. Beautifully, sensitively written. --Kevin Daley, founder of Communispond and author of Talk Your Way to the Top
Jean Baur will teach you how to take control, reclaim your self-confidence, and get back to work on your terms. She presents invaluable information drawn from her 16+ years of experience as a career counselor and coach in a highly user-friendly and inspirational manner. --Chris Jones, Director, Talent Development, Corporate Human Resources, The McGraw-Hill Companies; former client
Like conversing personally with a skillful and experienced outplacement consultant. The tone is warm, encouraging, and honest. This is not just another how to write a resume book; it is about the rest of the job search process--the most important part. It presents job search problems and solutions and clearly addresses worries, concerns, and myths that I hear from every job seeker. --Claudia Gentner, former CIO, Lee Hecht Harrison
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This book is the first work to tackle the hurdles on job loss and how to survive it, using the experience of a seasoned career counselor and specific stories from the wide range of clients she's partnered with in this erratic and often difficult process. The books ultimate purpose is to help those who are in transition become resilient and recession-proof.
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Each easy-to-read chapter covers a specific topic of job loss feelings and experiences and includes examples of what to do, what not to do, and how to manage them from Jean's years of experience in helping people find new opportunities. There are several appendices with templates and examples of tools to help you be successful in your search for new opportunities. I referred back to it numerous times while on my 'job loss journey'.
As expected, the author provides great recommendations. She deals with your emotional well-being and leaves you with extensive practical how-to tips based upon her long outplacement experience. I especially like how Baur tackled some topics that are often overlooked, e.g., how to land a job if you feel you are overqualified or if English is not your native language. In fact, the latter topic I have seen nowhere been addressed before. Being an immigrant myself, I really thank her for this chapter. Baur also shakes up some dangerous myths like relying exclusively on the Internet to find a job. These and other great themes are in Part II "Myths, Lies, and Other Obstacles" - it is mainly this section that makes "Eliminated - Now What?" a great purchase.
Given how structured LHH's client material is, I found a certain lack of structure in Baur's book surprising. The book flow follows some kind of timeline, but you never really know where you are. Luckily, a very useful and extensive index is provided. Appendix G ("Implementation Timeline") tries to build a bridge to how to deal financially with your situation, but contains some questionable advice like "when severance runs out, cut expenses" - no, too late, you probably should cut expenses immediately when you learn about your impending job loss. Overall, the 41 chapters and the partial repetition of advice make the read a bit cumbersome. "Less would be more" and a cleaner structure be beneficial in order to ensure the reader not lose sight of the many valuable core messages and main recommendations.
Two specific things were invaluable. Once I got over the initial shock, I met with the Head of School and Associate Head of School with specific requests including having the school pay for me to get some career counseling, release time to pursue that and networking, and a written recommendation. Without hesitation they agreed to all of that. The second thing, was that I have a dream of starting my own academic coaching/executive functioning tutoring practice. Although, I don't think I can pursue that right now with children still in college and needing the security and reliability of a regular paycheck, I have been able to make connections and have conversations about this dream as my "next" position after the one I secure now. All of these ideas and advice I found in your book.