Thank You for Firing Me!: How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job

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Unfortunately, unemployment is on the rise—leaving many people anxious about how to recreate themselves and renew their careers after being fired. This fresh, funny, and smart guide will be their life saver, providing them with the information they need to thrive even in this tight economic environment. It will help jobseekers and prospective entrepreneurs figure out what they really want to do next, understand the changing job market, and find work in growth areas such as green technology. There’s also advice on...
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Overview

Unfortunately, unemployment is on the rise—leaving many people anxious about how to recreate themselves and renew their careers after being fired. This fresh, funny, and smart guide will be their life saver, providing them with the information they need to thrive even in this tight economic environment. It will help jobseekers and prospective entrepreneurs figure out what they really want to do next, understand the changing job market, and find work in growth areas such as green technology. There’s also advice on retraining, freelancing and independent contracting, and Internet marketing options, as well as a chapter devoted specifically to women.

Personal interviews with workers who changed their lives after getting laid off—and who are now doing what they love—offer additional inspiration.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This funny and energetic guidebook for the recently (or repeatedly) fired from entrepreneur and comedian Martini and journalist Reed begins with a sympathetic but no-nonsense plan for picking yourself up after you’ve lost a job, and moves swiftly into the brainstorming and planning necessary to start the next—and more satisfying—career. Readers are challenged to answer the all-important question “What are you passionate about?” and strategize from there with an eye to becoming a self-employed independent contractor. Martini and Reed investigate such potential growth markets as green industries and the Gen Y market as well as the new outcropping of nontraditional jobs for women. Advice on finding community and places to get help and a plethora of resources elevate this cheerful, encouraging book into an invaluable resource. (Mar.)
Library Journal
For readers who have lost their jobs, are thinking about venturing forth as freelancers or consultants, or are searching for a new career, this is an invigorating and very helpful book. Martini is actually a stand-up comedian—"and an expert on being fired"—while Reed is a veteran freelance journalist. Their book is clear, enthusiastic, and, most importantly, loaded with direct, uncluttered advice with tons of specifics. A resource guide in the back lists almost 30 pages' worth of web sites and some print materials, corresponding to the chapter topics, which range from how to develop a support network and how to tune into Gen Y job networking to specifics on global, artistic, and green industries, among others. A great choice for most job hunters.—Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402769566
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 823,478
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Part 1 Soul Searching: What to Do After You Wipe Out 1

Chapter 1 Reconnect Before you Rebound 5

Chapter 2 Getting the Most Out of Drifting 16

Chapter 3 How to Ride the Tides of the Changing Job Market 28

Chapter 4 How to Be Powerful: Reeducation for Reinvention 36

Chapter 5 Staying Afloat: Finance Your New Life 46

Chapter 6 Your Support Network: Don't Bail Out! 57

Chapter 7 Your Winning Game Plan: How to Achieve a Life You Love 64

Part 2 Job Searching: Dive into Cool Careers 71

Chapter 8 Big Waves Ahead: Hot Green Industries Coming Your Way! 73

Chapter 9 Working for Gen Y? Why Not! 88

Chapter 10 Banking on Boomers 108

Chapter 11 The Diverse Face of the Job Market 126

Chapter 12 An Endless Summer: Independents and Freelancers 144

Chapter 13 Treading Water in Creative Industries: The Art of Selling Art 158

Chapter 14 Filling the Money Pipeline: Internet Marketing Options 166

Chapter 15 Ride the Worldwide Wave: Go Global 177

Conclusion 185

Resource Guide: Catching the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job 189

Notes 218

Index of Companies and Web Sites 224

General Index 229

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Simply amazing

    This is an incredible book. Very inciteful in these uncertain times. The authors have grasped exactly what readers need to help them cope with losing a job and move forward.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    Martini and Reed Get the Ideas Flowing

    I recently lost my job and am thinking about making a career change. In fact, I'd like to open a business, I just am not sure what. This is a must read for anyone who wants ideas about what to do with themselves after they've been let go.

    In fact, perhaps you still have a job but you dread going to work everyday. This is a great book to spark the neurons and get you considering a different path complete with weblinks and resources on how to get started.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    Out of work? Read this book

    Very timely guide to helping someone out of work -- fired, layed off, etc. -- back into the workforce. Written empathetically, with a sense of humor. Advice comes across as extemely sensible. Information on key job trends also very helpful although authors will need to publish future editions with these chapters updated every 18 months (so next version: no later than beginning of 2012). A great companion piece to "What Color Is Your Parachute?" If your funds are limited, this is worth a sacrifice to purchase (and/or worth pushing your local library to buy it).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2010

    Informative, witty and resourceful for the unemployed or if you are looking for something new and exciting

    Great information and ideas for those of us who have gone through the down-sizing (get real - fired!) phase. Some of us would have spent hours trying to locate a website or even think of what to look for. My compliments to Ms. Martini and Ms. Reed for all the time spent researching and the fine tuning that made this book easy to read, yet provided great direction. Enjoyed the Baby Boomer chapter, great stories and brought back many memories. Still have more reading to do but had to comment on your style and approach. Lots of luck in your future writings!
    CALIFORNIA CHICA

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    Funny & Informative -- What a combination!!

    A friend of mine recently recommended "Thank You for Firing Me", and I am a retired person! I can see why, with the wonderful wit of the two writers, not to mention the banquet of suggestions and advice on how to survive after losing a job. The numerous ideas on how to get back into the working world again almost made me want to attempt a new business venture with the many creative ideas listed in the book. The Resource Guide is awesome -- so much research was done!! I had to laugh too many times as so many of the "incidents" hit home with me, and I can relate to the writers' humorous dialogue in a very unhumorous current work place. Many excellent suggestions have come out of this book and I know that it will help numerous people pick themselves up out of their doldrums and get back into a very productive, successful and exhilerating job discovery. I think this is a must book for everyone one! Thanks, guys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Impeccable Timing - Thank You For Firing Me is Just In Time!

    Timely and extremely useful, Thank You for Firing Me addresses the all too common experience of losing one's job. More than just an uplifting change-your-attitude self help book, Thank You for Firing me is a full of anecdotal examples that inspire you to seek a successful future, and a comprehensive resource section with lots of places to find even more valuable information. Easy to read and at turns funny and touching, Thank You for Firing Me is for everyone who has ever lost a job, anyone who thinks they might, and even those who are ready for a career change.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2010

    Thank You for Hiring Me!

    I heard about this book while on holiday in New York and thought I would check it out. I am a law student and was recently let go from my paralegal job last October and have been depressed and despondent since then. I don't mind getting a job at a clothing store to make ends meet- which I did, but my passion is law.
    After reading the book and finding the authors very smart and funny, I got to thinking about some of the things they said to do.
    Last month I started a virtual paralegal service and I have four clients. Am I getting rich? No. Am I doing what I love and paying the bills? YES!
    Buy this book for ideas, compassion, a laugh or three and a new outlook on life.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Helping reinvent the way you embark on a career

    I read this book and i can't believe how it changed my perspective. I have been looking for a job since August 2008. when i picked up this book, i started to think outside the box of employment. I now run my own freelance business and i have a steady flow of income....and it keeps building. I'm not a millionaire but i can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and i am able to start the process of getting back on my feet. I feel empowered to build my own business and reap the benefits! thanks for this wonderful book! Your helping people see a different road to travel.

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