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Lavender Road To Success: The Career Guide for the Gay Community Paperback – September 1, 2004
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At last, a career guide written just for us! InsightOut Books, naming Lavender Road to Success its best self-help book of 2003.[Snyders] book is comprehensive, well-written and, as the subtitle suggests, a Career Guide for the Gay Community. Toronto Star A necessary volume for Gay/Straight Alliance libraries, this well-written text belongs beside Richard Nelson Bolless classic job-seekers reference What Color Is Your Parachute? (Ten Speed, 1971), on all public, high school, and college library shelves. VoyaTheres a lot thats valuable in this book, not the least of which is the quotes from the many interviews Snyder conducted with various GLBT people who agreed to fill out questionnaires and share their experiences of being gay in the working world. Queue PressThis excellent book lives up to its title and provides page after page of solid content especially attuned to gays in the workplace. Career Opportunities NewsCombining extensive research, effective exercises, and real-world case studies, this book is a sensitive and practical guide to building a successful and enduring career. ArtsSnyder offers strategies to enhance ones own self-esteem and bankable talents, while giving a realistic view of the problems one can expect to face as a gay person entering the workplace. Lavender MagazineThis is a great resource for those struggling with coming out in the workplace. Contact Point/Flash!Featured in:Amazon.comTop 10 Editors Pick: Gay & Lesbian StudiesNew York TimesApril 4, 2004Chicago TribuneMay 25, 2004 and December 4, 2003Miami HeraldApril 12, 2004Publishers Weekly (boxed feature)August 25, 2003CareerJournal.comThe Wall Street Journal Executive Career SiteMay 25, 2004Orange County RegisterMarch 29, 2004Charleston Post and CourierApril 4, 2004Orlando SentinelDecember 3, 2003Cincinnati EnquirerOctober 9, 2003DiversityDecember 2003/January 2004Instinct MagazineMarch 2004LAVENDER ROAD TO SUCCESS brings to life how being true to one'¬?s self is not only good for the soul, but essential for happiness and success in the workplace. Walter Schubert, president and CEO, Gay Financial NetworkLAVENDER ROAD TO SUCCESS proves that it'¬?s possible to create your own professional freedom, make your career dreams come true, and contribute to the end of workplace discrimination. Elizabeth Birch, executive director, Human Rights CampaignAn excellent book dealing with the special issues LGBT people face in the workplace. Practical advice offers solutions to common dilemmas and rich examples from real life make easy reading in this very useful guide to career success. Dr. Betty Berzon, psychotherapist and authorFinally, a WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? for the LGBT community!Selisse Berry, executive director, Out & Equal Workplace AdvocatesNew and Notable . . . Kirk Snyders LAVENDER ROAD TO SUCCESS is a career guide written specifically for gays and lesbians.Out magazine
From the Publisher
The only career guide written by a career development expert that shows the gay community how to build successful and enduring careers.
Based on Snyders groundbreaking study of 300 gay alumni at USC, which is both larger in magnitude and more diverse in scope than other studies to date.
Snyders research has been featured in The Advocate (circulation 105,000; read by 275,000 people each month).
Includes a research guide with links to online career resources, information about organizations and advocacy groups supporting workplace equality, and a statistical breakdown of the USC study.
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Gay or straight with gay loved ones, you will gain much from reading this book! I would also encourage college career counselors and company leaders and managers to read this book to better understand what it's like for their GLBT colleagues, employees, managers, etc.
Kirk Snyder's done a lot of research. Is there anyone he hasn't talked to? The anecdotes and life experiences of others are sometimes tedious, like being forced to watch hours of other people's home movies of their vacations, but Snyder brings these stories to life, and we feel that we are not alone in our struggles for validation and also, of course, for more money and success in the marketplace. Do you remember the old movie "Gypsy," with Rosalind Russell playing Mama Rose, and how she kept herself and her girls going by moving from town to town always seeking our former lodge brothers of her late husband? She'd give the "secret handshake" and she'd be in like Flynn. Snyder's program involves this kind of "secret brotherhood" but in addition he presages a sort of gay meritocracy where each rises on his (or her) own merits and on what we have that's unique to us which we can bring to the table. Even if you have your own successful career you might still be interested in this book (you could always develop noblesse oblige and give it as a Christmas gift to your less-succesful exes over whom you're triumphing at the moment). As Snyder reminds us, we meet the same people going up as we did going down.
A lot of career books just talk around issues, but this one cuts to the chase, in part due to the stories Snyder tells about other gay people all over the country. I didn't go to USC, but I felt like I knew all of these people so well and learned so much from them. I have never seen a compilation this complete and so well told. It's actually a page-turner which surprised me.
The exercises in the book seemed like they were written just for me, which after reading this book, I know that others have experienced so much of what I have went through in my own life. Reading the book gave me a plan of my own to move ahead and I also feel like I'm part of a greater whole.