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Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss by Martha I. Finney

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Chapter 24 Go! Just Say Yes

I suppose we all have memories of negotiation moments of truth that make us want to slap our foreheads, and go, “Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!” No? Well. Here’s mine anyway. I was applying for my first job as a business journalist. The salary was no mystery. It was posted everywhere. And the application process involved a test to gauge my writing and editing abilities. I was the youngest of the applicants, and—I believe but couldn’t swear to this in court—the only woman. What I delivered clearly set me apart from the other candidates, and I was offered the job. The only thing was this, explained my prospective managing editor, with fatherly concern in his eyes, the editorial board in their great wisdom determined that I ...

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