Little Victories: Conquering Unemployment [NOOK Book]

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Unemployment industry veteran Tom Brophy has helped thousands of professionals negotiate the emotional and financial trauma of unemployment. In Little Victories - Conquering Unemployment, Brophy helps you understand today's convoluted employment market, and helps create "victories" that build confidence and get you back to work faster.

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Little Victories: Conquering Unemployment

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Overview

Unemployment industry veteran Tom Brophy has helped thousands of professionals negotiate the emotional and financial trauma of unemployment. In Little Victories - Conquering Unemployment, Brophy helps you understand today's convoluted employment market, and helps create "victories" that build confidence and get you back to work faster.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. David B. Brown
Tom Brophy's marvelous little book is a warm, personal book with a positive, affirming, attitude. Tom tells how the little victories can add up to momentum and susccess for people who have experienced the devastating blow of unemployment. Professionals who have never suffered the loss of a position are now confronted with a devastating blow to their egos and don't have a clue about to handle their loss. Tom shows great sensitivity because he shares his personal experience...
Ian Raw
At last a someone has written a "readable" length book,full of common sense that we can all understand. None of us has been left untouched over the last few years by the superbug - UNEMPLOYMENT. We all know someone or have felt personally the misery and stigma attached to it. Where to turn and what to do are all graphically described by Tom Brophy. Why didn't someone else think to write this over the years? It is hardly a new problem but Tom has outlined this refreshing approach
Glenn M. Pritchard
I am a musician who enriches lives with songs. I decided to take a moment to say Thank You for writing your book "Little Victories." I tuned into WDVR and heard you talking about overcoming job loss and, using practical methods in achieving a source of steady income. What first struck me was your honest understanding of people who have gone through job loss. After hearing your radio interview and reading your book, I can still win. These methods really hit home to me.
Millie G
Anyone reading "Little Victories" will feel like a friend is sitting next to them giving them good advice and not boring them with a lecture on how to find a job. It is clear and direct without being patronizing. A must read for anyone who is trying to secure employment during a difficult job market.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000891988
  • Publisher: Tom Brophy
  • Publication date: 5/12/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 402 KB

Meet the Author

I spent 18 years with the New Jersey Department of Labor in the unemployment division. I certainly never thought I’d wind up there, but career paths don’t always turn out the way we expect.


In 18 years, I spoke one-on-one with thousands of unemployed people. In most cases, we met for an eligibility interview where I verified their claims and made sure they were doing everything necessary to remain eligible for their benefits. I was eager to succeed, and, like most rookies, I followed the procedure to the letter. I had my interview form and simply went down the list looking for job prospects, phone calls, contacts made, etc.


As time passed, I discovered I had a lot in common with the group I’ll call “first timers.” You see, I was unemployed before joining the state workforce, having owned my own business, a shoe store, for more than 20 years. When it closed, I was lost and devastated – and I had no idea how to get through each day, much less find a job. With no energy or self esteem, I felt unwanted and scared to death. How ironic it was to land a job through networking with friends. I spent each day hearing the same pain I’d felt myself only months before.


As I grew more comfortable in my role as an interviewer, I’d occasionally ask, “How are you feeling?” or “How do you spend your time?” Once candidates sensed that I was genuinely interested in them, they often broke down and cried. I had hit a nerve, and it was revealing. They were somewhere they’d never been before, yet they were expected to fall into place and accept their plight.


Because I truly cared, I developed a program called TLC (Transition Layoff Counseling) and would suggest to certain candidates that they attend my weekly TLC seminars. Each week, I spent 90 minutes with 25 to 30 people giving them feedback and instructions based on the one-on-one interviews. Afterward, I tracked their progress. To my amazement, by demonstrating the danger of rejection and the value of victories, 92% were back to work in 5 months.


I went on to become the supervisor of claims examiners and the manager of the local office over the next 15 years, but I never forgot the gut-wrenching feeling of becoming unemployed. I’ve helped thousands of people by implementing the principles in Little Victories, and I hope that this book will help you establish your own victories, a new job and a happier life.

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