Are There Any Good Jobs Left?: Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker

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This book is for and about the millions of people who are between jobs (code for out of work), have been between jobs, or know of someone who has been. It is about how to navigate the transition from employment-for-life, career development support, and a company-sponsored pension to downsized, outsourced, and replaced. Bill Holland explains the macro-trends that have converged to create an environment of job instability and anxiety, and then moves beyond this context to present specific tactics and techniques ...

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Are There Any Good Jobs Left?: Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker

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Overview

This book is for and about the millions of people who are between jobs (code for out of work), have been between jobs, or know of someone who has been. It is about how to navigate the transition from employment-for-life, career development support, and a company-sponsored pension to downsized, outsourced, and replaced. Bill Holland explains the macro-trends that have converged to create an environment of job instability and anxiety, and then moves beyond this context to present specific tactics and techniques that readers can use to stay one step ahead in their careers. More than a manual for job searches and career-building strategies, Are There Any Good Jobs Left? helps readers interpret trends, assess such temptations as leaving the corporate rat race for the entrepreneurial life and considers the ethics of constant networking. Featuring an annotated listing of books and Web sites, the book is not so much an indictment of corporate disloyalty as an explanation of the phenomenon, and a guidebook for anyone faced with job transition, change, or growth in today's turbulent environment.

This book is for and about the millions of people who are between jobs (code for out of work), have been between jobs, or know of someone who has been. It is about the transition from employment-for-life, career development support, and a company-sponsored pension to downsized, outsourced, and replaced. It is about managing your career proactively and creatively in an environment where no job is presumed to be permanent. Bill Holland explains the macro-trends that have converged since the heyday of the white-collar worker after World War II to create an environment of job instability and anxiety, and then moves beyond this context to present specific tactics and techniques that readers can use to stay one step ahead in their careers, whether they are senior executives or just starting out.

Much more than a manual for job searches and career-building strategies, Are There Any Good Jobs Left? shows readers how to interpret trends (e.g., will this wave of outsourcing affect me?), assess such temptations as leaving the corporate rat race for the entrepreneurial life, and consider the ethics of constant networking. In addition, he explores the dynamics of the increasingly diverse workforce, and the prospects for men, women, and minorities as they all vie for the most attractive positions. Featuring an annotated listing of books and Web sites, Are There Any Good Jobs Left? is not so much an indictment of corporate disloyalty as an explanation of the phenomenon and a guidebook for anyone faced with job transition, change, or growth in today's turbulent environment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Holland's book is a contextually enriching asset for many who find themselves in need of valuable career information."

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Midwest Book Review

"Holland offers suggestions and many resources about career transition. Holland's book is a contextually enriching asset for many who find themselves in need of valuable career information."

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TCM Reviews/Reviewer's Bookwatch

"Addressing the displacement of white collar workers, Are There Any Good Jobs Left offers direction and guidance for tapping into jobs and managing the ebb and flow of availability. Holland focuses on applications, providing straightforward suggestions on how individuals can survive and prosper. From resumes to networking to personal financial issues, the book is a valuable resource for any individual who wants to shape and give direction to their career and to those just looking for work."

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ExecuNet newsletter

"Holland describes general trends impacting the American workforce and provides advice on career management. The material is presented in two parts, the first of which discusses company behavior in the global market place, the work experiences of his immediate social circle during recent economic transitions, the rise of outplacement in the American economy, and the impact of race and gender on the job search arena. The second half of the text presents advice on resumees, networking, interviewing, negotiations, and entrepreneurial opportunities and concludes with broad advice about overall career management."

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Reference & Research Book News

"If you are an older displaced worker, especially a white-collar wage slave, Holland feels your pain. His book is a tough but extremely compassionate discussion of the current state of affairs, what it means and how best to deal with things if you are making an unwanted transition during what you had hoped would be the latter stages of your career. There are lots of specifics offered for individuals and the value of such advice depends on one's situation, of course, but the heart of this book is broader in scope. William Holland looks at our country and its place in the global economy. It's difficult to avoid pessimism, perhaps, but he offers glimmers of hope to those able to seize the opportunities provided by entrepreneurship and retooled expectations after exiting the corporate cocoon. Not everyone will have the wisdom and fortitude to act upon his advice, but there's much food for thought here, regardless."

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The Miami Herald/San Jose Mercury News

"The best business books of 2006. A tough but extremely compassionate discussion about older displaced workers and how best to make unexpected and unwanted transitions during the latter stages of one's career."

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The Miami Herald

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275990442
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

R. WILLIAM (BILL) HOLLAND is the principal owner of R. William Holland Consulting, LLC, a human resources consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, career management, and executive team alignment. An award-winning educator, scholar, and business executive, he has served on the faculties of the University of California and Michigan State University and in executive positions for Accenture (Andersen Consulting), PepsiCo, Charles Schwab, the University of Pennsylvania, and Right Management Consulting. He has served on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, Greater Philadelphia Area YMCA, and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a founding board member of United Professionals, a not-for-profit advocacy group for under-employed and unemployed white-collar workers, and also serves as a member of the BeamPines executive coaching advisory board.

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Table of Contents

1 Globalization and our individual career options 3
2 About you, me, and Roy 11
3 How did we get here from there? 25
4 Are there any good jobs left? 43
5 Race and gender in the job search process 59
6 Resumes : passion, paradox, and ethics 83
7 Networking, interviewing, and negotiating 97
8 The entrepreneurial spirit : a case study 115
9 Suggestions for survival and prosperity 131
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  • Posted May 24, 2009

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    There is hope after all

    A good book to remind us that the world is changing fast and the workplace will never be what it was a few years or maybe months ago. Interesting, informative, good reading for everyone who has a "permanent" job and also for those who are looking for one.

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