10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce: Career Advice for Anyone Who Needs a Good (or Better) JobNow

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10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce: Career Advice for Anyone Who Needs a Good (or Better) Job Now is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who needs to reenter the workforce because of economic necessity, a plant closing, corporate downsizing, divorce, injury, or other life-changing circumstance—including the simple desire for a new challenge. Expert career counselor Mary E. Ghilani identifies each type of career changer and discusses the unique challenges each group faces, the options available to them, and ...

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Overview

10 Strategies for Reentering the Workforce: Career Advice for Anyone Who Needs a Good (or Better) Job Now is an easy-to-read guide for anyone who needs to reenter the workforce because of economic necessity, a plant closing, corporate downsizing, divorce, injury, or other life-changing circumstance—including the simple desire for a new challenge. Expert career counselor Mary E. Ghilani identifies each type of career changer and discusses the unique challenges each group faces, the options available to them, and strategies for finding a new job or successfully returning to school to upgrade skills. The book also offers numerous ways to overcome obstacles and defeat the common yes, buts that prevent people from achieving a satisfactory work life.

This book will directly help unemployed and mid-career workers who need to find a better job quickly to keep their heads above water. But it will also be of great service to those who can take some time to completely reassess where they are and where they are going. In her practice as director of a career center, Ghilani often hears common laments like, I wish I had a job that… or I always wanted to be a… These statements are usually followed up with, But now it's too late, or, I don't have the skills, or, It will take too long or cost too much. Her response: Do work that you enjoy for the remaining working years of your life, even if it means going back to school or starting at the bottom of the ladder. That, she explains, is a much better alternative to toiling unhappily while awaiting retirement. Besides great advice, the book also contains hands-on tools for figuring out what constitutes a great job, sample resumes and cover letters, and a list of Web sites catering to those eager to reenter the workforce or find a better job.

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What People Are Saying

LeeAnn Eschbach Counselor Educator

"Mary Ghilani has done an excellent job preparing a practical, usable reference book for job seekers, job changers, and job improvers. She provided practical suggestions that are current, reasonable, and workable for adults in today's employment market. This book is outstanding in the manner and style of building on the practice of career counseling in a practical, down-to-earth fashion. I so appreciate her continuing theme that we will be more successful and do a strong job when we do work that we enjoy."

Melanie Reinersma Editor

"Ghilani believes in a simple formula for successfully finding a job-and she details the words and actions the job seeker can use immediately. Offering practical advice from the first sentence to the last, Ghilani shows she knows today's job market. Job seekers will appreciate the you-can-do-this attitude of the author, the organization of the book, and the thoroughness of the checklists, directions, and appendices."

Melanie ReinersmaEditor
"Ghilani believes in a simple formula for successfully finding a job-and she details the words and actions the job seeker can use immediately. Offering practical advice from the first sentence to the last, Ghilani shows she knows today's job market. Job seekers will appreciate the you-can-do-this attitude of the author, the organization of the book, and the thoroughness of the checklists, directions, and appendices."
LeeAnn EschbachCounselor Educator
"Mary Ghilani has done an excellent job preparing a practical, usable reference book for job seekers, job changers, and job improvers. She provided practical suggestions that are current, reasonable, and workable for adults in today's employment market. This book is outstanding in the manner and style of building on the practice of career counseling in a practical, down-to-earth fashion. I so appreciate her continuing theme that we will be more successful and do a strong job when we do work that we enjoy."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313356964
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY E. GHILANI is a nationally certified counselor with 15 years of academic and career counseling experience with college students, and adults. She is the Director of Career Services at Luzerne County Community College in Pennsylvania and the author of Web-Based Career Counseling, Her areas of expertise are career counseling, career assessment, and web-based resources. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In addition to counseling younger students on career issues, she counsels older students as well as alumni and others in the broader community.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Understand Today's Workplace 1

Ch. 2 Assess Your Present Situation 13

Ch. 3 Deal with Common Emotions 23

Ch. 4 Take Stack of What You Already Have 39

Ch. 5 Make a Career Decision 53

Ch. 6 Identify Your Options 73

Ch. 7 Overcome Obstacles 85

Ch. 8 Plan Your Career Strategically 95

Ch. 9 Remember: It's Never Too Late to Go Back to School 109

Ch. 10 Reenter the Workforce 125

Ch. 11 Afterword: Where Do I Go from Here? 145

App. A Sample Resumes and Cover Letters 155

App. B Internet Resources 165

Notes 169

Index 173

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