Coming Back: How to Win the Job You Want When You've Lost the Job You Need (Hardcover)
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A street smart, inspiring, practical and utterly honest book for renewing or resuming your career.
Millions of mid- and late-career professionals are wondering why our careers are dying. We've been fired, downsized, job-eliminated, or we've left work voluntarily to raise children, care for loved ones, or go to school. Our unemployment rate is more than three times the national average. It takes twice as long to get hired, usually for far less money than we were making. Is it age discrimination? Maybe. But it’s not that simple.
So many of us have lagged on skills and technology, shrugged off social media, or ignored the rate of change and let younger people become the face of our profession’s future. Our "track record" really doesn't matter. We want to come back, but we aren't ready.
Coming Back offers clear advice, including:
-Make yourself visible and relevant by sharing articles and information on your field with colleagues and on social media.
-Use LinkedIn to build your network in your industry and identify decision makers.
-Tell interviewers about what you will do—don't rely on what you have done.
-Stop grousing about "those millennials" and start working with them.
-Volunteer strategically to build leadership skills and networks.
Coming Back shows how you can save a career if still employed or get one back if cast out. Fawn Germer, one of the nation’s most popular leadership experts and global motivational speakers, has personally interviewed more than 300 CEOs, senior executives, professors, lawyers, organizational experts, industry leaders and professionals. The result is a tactical, tough-love call to action: to learn, re-tool, connect, grow, and get ready to work again.
About the Author
FAWN GERMER is one of America's most sought-after keynote speakers on leadership. A four-time Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative journalist, she is the bestselling author of several books, including the Oprah pick Hard Won Wisdom. She has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. Her recent clients include Kraft, NASA, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co., and State Farm, among otheres. She is based in Clearwater, Florida.
"The book combines practical advice with more esoteric discussions of relevance, inspiration, and engagement...an engaging, well-written guide."
"Thank you Fawn Germer for providing us 50-something women with the best advice we will ever get on how to stay relevant in our careers and lives. You are the friend that tells you what you don’t want to hear, but need to! Coming Back will provide its readers with a crash course in how to continually reimagine and transform who you are as a leader in this ever changing world. As the world pivots around us these days, so too must we. Fawn, in her brilliant way, provides us with the stories and sage advice of the most respected top execs, academics and career experts. This is a must read!"
– Sarah Alter, CEO and President, Network of Executive Women
"Staying relevant is critical to enduring professional success, as Fawn reinforces throughout her newest book Coming Back. Fawn effectively validates the unfortunate reality of age discrimination impacting millions of women and men struggling to find their fit in today’s market. Using the lens of personal accountability, Fawn provides sage advice to combat this situation by putting a face on the enemy so it can be recognized and through relevance tools tackled and even counteracted."
– Laurie Cooke, President & CEO, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association