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Ground of Your Own Choosing: Winning Strategies for Finding & Creating Work Perfect Paperback – October 10, 2008
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The clarity and wisdom in this book are amazing. Beverly Ryle reframes the task of finding work in a practical way that fits current times and helps the reader to be optimistic, proactive, and even excited about it. Chapter Four, "Throw Out Your Resume and Stop Networking," is worth the price of the book in itself. Ground of Your Own Choosing will be highly valuable to career counselors, as well as individuals who want to be more entrepreneurial about their careers. --Edwin C. Nevis, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Gestalt International Study Center, Author of Organizational Consulting: A Gestalt Approach and Intentional Revolutions: A Seven-Point Strategy for Transforming Organizations
Whatever your reason for being involved in job-search, you should read Ground of Your Own Choosing before you take another step.
This thought-provoking book offers hope to those caught in the job-search maze, struggling valiantly and often futilely to get hired. It lays out a clear path to follow to identify your personal skills and work preferences and align yourself with people and organizations that need and want you! It turns the job search process upside down and inside out and will revolutionize your thinking about how you define and find work in the 21st century.
This book should cause everyone who provides job search advice to reconsider what they are currently telling their clients. It points out what we already know that traditional approaches no longer work for many job seekers and lays out a fresh approach that does work.
Whether you are a career changer, a stay-at-home mom considering a return to the business world, a new graduate, or a recently outplaced seasoned professional, Ground of Your Own Choosing will help you view the job search in a whole new way. --Barbara Hyle, Senior Associate Director, Alumni and Graduate Career Development, Bentley College
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Into this void between old and new steps GROUND OF YOUR OWN CHOOSING. Ryle explains that we must learn to negotiate the new realities of becoming and staying employed. We need to be entrepreneurial in how we view our work, to think 'projects' rather than long-term employment, to see the people we work for as clients not as employers. It may seem overwhelming to take on such responsibility rather than to look for yet one more organization that will keep us safely employed for years. But that is what is necessary, and it is what Ryle helps us do.
Ryle, like all good teachers, straddles the line between kindness and task master. Her plan is clear, her support is palpable, and her years of experience as a career counselor are evident. She tells us what we must do to be on the GROUND OF OUR OWN CHOOSING rather than to be ground up by a system that no longer works. This book packs a lot of punch. This book is a gem.
Not only did Bev point me in the right direction, she gave me the tools and philosophies to effectively find work in this, the post-industrial revolution.
Today, I'm so thrilled that Bev has written all of that down in this book. Bev has a clear vision of what's happening in the contemporary workforce as well as what's going to happen. This book will have you absolutely prepared and enthused.
For someone like myself, who has reinvented myself multiple times since I first entered the work force 36 years ago, this book reinforces my experience. You do have to know where you have been, where you want to go, and how to organize your life to provide the necessary resources and support to get to where you want to be. What is new for me is have it named so succinctly and practically, and to have proof that the rules have indeed changed in the work world. Thank Heavens, and Beverly Ryle, that I don't have to push myself to "network" in the same way ever again!
Lisbeth Wiley Chapman, Principal, Ink&Air PR Consulting, Wellfleet, MA.
Securing new clients or finding a new employer - they are similar in nature. I am thrilled she has written all of her knowledge and expertise in a book. Now everyone has access to her ideas and expertise! So whether you are an entrepreneur inside an organization or in your own business you should follow her advice. Read the book! Act upon her suggestions. You will be prepared and ready to become the entrepreneur needed in the current marketplace today.
Donna M. Buonopane, Ph.D. - Principal/Consultant DMB Consulting & Associates (Boston/Cape Cod)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I met the author several years ago and I recommend this book to anyone who is transitioning between jobs or a layoff.Published 5 months ago by Loraine Trotter
"Ground of Your Own Choosing" was very helpful and gave me the encouragement I needed to "cut the cord" and strike out on my own.Published 9 months ago by Jere
I was given this book by a colleague and it has completely changed how I think about work. If you are someone who goes from one company to the next, giving it all you've got, but... Read morePublished 9 months ago by raeadropofgoldensun
Excellent book. Direct and to the point. Highly recommended.Published on July 13, 2014 by William S. Wimberley
Ground of your own Choosing. Love it! Wise, supportive, intelligent and innovative, Beverly Ryle is a must-read for students/grads, parents, job seekers and everyone else! Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Carrie Rubenfeld, NCourage College & Career Coaching
First of all, Beverly has an enormous sense of giving. I am based in Mexico city and a friend of mine and recent client of Beverly recommended me with her. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Pablo Coachingen140
Beverly's book is uplifting, insightful and very practical. The concepts and actions she presents are clear yet challenging. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by Mary E. Allard
I feel like I've hit the lottery in being given this book and having the opportunity to meet the author! Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Jennifer Williams
I contacted Beverly Ryle after seeing her website mentioned in, Richard Bolles, 2011 What Color is Your Parachute Book. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by Dianna