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Make Job Loss Work for You

Book Description

Readers learn to tackle their emotional reactions to job loss—and come to an acceptance that enables them to move forward with their careers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Read This First
    1. One More Thing
  8. CHAPTER 1: WHAT CAN I EXPECT NOW?
    1. Typical Reactions to Job Loss
      1. Shock and Disbelief
      2. Anger and Resentment
      3. Denial and Bargaining
      4. Self-Doubt and Put-Downs
      5. Withdrawal and Depression
      6. Acceptance and Affirmation
    2. Your Family’s Reaction
    3. Manage Your Reactions to Job Loss
  9. CHAPTER 2: WHAT DO I DO NOW?
    1. Some Dos and Don’ts
      1. Dos
      2. And a Few Don’ts
      3. Now, Some More Practical Dos
    2. Myths and Realities
    3. Mindset
  10. CHAPTER 3: WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER?
    1. Step 1: List Tasks, Functions, and Responsibilities
      1. Example #1
      2. Example #2
    2. Step 2: Ask “So What?”
      1. Example #1
      2. Example #2
    3. Step 3: Quantify Results and Prepare One-Liners
      1. One-Liner Examples from #1
      2. One-Liner Examples from #2
    4. Step 4: Identify Your Major Themes
    5. Step 5: Describe Yourself
  11. CHAPTER 4: WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
    1. Taking Stock of Yourself
      1. Special Knowledge and Content Skills
      2. Values, Feelings, and What’s Important to You
      3. Natural Strengths
      4. Putting It All Together
    2. Your Ideal Work Environment
    3. Top Job Options
    4. Exploring Your Career Options
      1. Informational Interviewing
      2. Ask Other People the Three Questions
  12. CHAPTER 5: WHAT ABOUT A RESUME?
    1. Resume Basics
    2. Resume Layout and Format
      1. How Long Should My Resume Be?
      2. What Format Should I Use?
      3. What Kind of Paper Should I Use?
    3. Resume Content
      1. Heading or Banner
      2. Career Summary
      3. Key Strengths
      4. Work History and Action Statements
        1. For Chronological Resumes
        2. For Functional and Combination Resumes
      5. Education
      6. Professional and Community Activities
      7. Endorsements
    4. Sending Your Resume
    5. Building an Electronic Resume
      1. Keywords
      2. Electronic Format
    6. References
    7. Some Final Resume Dos and Don’ts
  13. CHAPTER 6: HOW DO I INTERVIEW SUCCESSFULLY?
    1. Typical Interview Procedures
      1. Executive-Level Positions
      2. Management Positions
      3. Professional Positions
      4. Hourly Workers
    2. How the Hiring Process Works
    3. Making the Best Impression
      1. How You Look
        1. Basic Rules for Men
        2. Basic Rules for Women
      2. How You Act
      3. What You Say
    4. Some Basic (but Problematic) Interview Questions
      1. Tell Me About Yourself
      2. What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
      3. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
      4. Why Are You Available Now?
      5. What Are You Making in Your Current Job? or What Are Your Salary Goals?
      6. Tell Me How You Handled...
      7. Why Should I Hire You?
      8. Some Additional Questions
        1. Tell Me What You Like Best About Your Present (Most Recent) Position
        2. What Are Your Major Accomplishments in Your Present Job?
        3. If I Call Your Previous Supervisor and Ask Him/Her About Your Strengths, What Will I Be Told?
        4. Where Do You Hope to Be in Five Years? Ten Years?
        5. Which of the Jobs on Your Resume Did You Like Best, and Why?
        6. How Would You Describe Your Management Style?
        7. How Long Would It Take for You to Become Productive in This Job?
        8. What New Projects Have You Been Involved in Lately? Or What New Things Have You Learned?
        9. Of Your Accomplishments This Past Year, of Which Are You Most Proud?
        10. Why Do You Want to Work for This Company?
        11. Job-Specific Questions
      9. Still More Questions
    5. Behavioral Interview Questions
      1. Sample Behavioral Questions
      2. How to Answer Behavioral Questions
    6. Questions You Can Ask the Interviewer
    7. When the Interview Is Over
    8. Ace the Interview!
  14. CHAPTER 7: HOW DO I FIND AND RESPOND TO JOB OPENINGS?
    1. Get Organized!
    2. Where the Jobs Are
      1. Want Ads/Job Networks
        1. Responding to Blind Ads with Cover Letters
        2. Responding to “No Phone Calls” Ads
        3. Responding Directly to a Decision Maker
      2. Executive Search Firms, Recruiters, and Placement Offices
      3. Targeted Direct Cold Calls
      4. Networking
        1. What to Say
        2. Your Agenda
        3. After the Meeting
        4. Overcoming Objections to Networking
    3. Using the Internet
    4. How Will You Turn Job Hunting into JobGetting?
  15. CHAPTER 8: WHAT IS THE DEEMS JOBGETTING SKILLS™ SYSTEM?
    1. Things to Know Before You Start
    2. The Five JobGetting Steps
      1. Step 1: Research the Position
        1. Find the Information
        2. Make Contact
      2. Step 2: Research the Organization
      3. Step 3: Evaluate Your Strengths and Interests
      4. Step 4: Design Your Positioning Strategy
      5. Step 5: Implement!
    3. Formulating Your Plan for Action
    4. Final Thoughts
  16. CHAPTER 9: HOW DO I NEGOTIATE THE FINAL PACKAGE?
    1. When to Negotiate
    2. Why Should I Negotiate?
    3. How Do I Negotiate?
      1. How Much Should You Ask For?
      2. Make a Counteroffer
      3. Continue Negotiating
      4. Accept the Offer
  17. CHAPTER 10: HOW DO I GET STARTED IN MY NEW JOB?
    1. Getting Started
    2. Preparing for Your Future
    3. Keeping Track of Your Results
  18. EPILOGUE BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!
    1. Real Stories
      1. Richard
      2. Morrie
      3. Kelsey Grammer
      4. Terri
      5. Harold
      6. Sheryl
    2. No Sniveling!
  19. APPENDIX A: SHOULD I BECOME SELF-EMPLOYED?
    1. Self-Employment Issues
    2. Resources
  20. APPENDIX B: ACTION WORDS
  21. INDEX
  22. NOTES