What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: America's Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You'll LOVE

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Stuck in a job that's going nowhere? Hate going to work? Pounding the pavement looking for an opportunity? Bored? Whether you are caught in a career crisis, a victim of corporate downsizing, or suffering from old-fashioned burnout, you need America's #1 career coach, Robin Ryan.
Robin has the answers. She will show you that your perfect career is waiting for you no matter what your age or income. Most important, Robin Ryan provides great advice for the millions who feel trapped ...

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What to Do with The Rest of Your Life: America's Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You'll LOVE

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Overview

Stuck in a job that's going nowhere? Hate going to work? Pounding the pavement looking for an opportunity? Bored? Whether you are caught in a career crisis, a victim of corporate downsizing, or suffering from old-fashioned burnout, you need America's #1 career coach, Robin Ryan.
Robin has the answers. She will show you that your perfect career is waiting for you no matter what your age or income. Most important, Robin Ryan provides great advice for the millions who feel trapped in their jobs and need a change but also need to maintain their income.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743224505
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 8/27/2002
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 697,803
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Define Your Passion

I've always believed that any person with a little ability, a little guts, some persisitence, and some determination could achieve whatever he or she could dream.

Are you ready to move on? Make a change?
You'll spend about eleven thousand days working over your lifetime, and I believe they should be rewarding and happy ones. This book's goal is to help you decide how you're going to spend your days—at what job, at what level, where you do it, and how it will affect your life and your family for all the weeks to come. It's not just a career book, though because—contrary to public opinion—you cannot compartmentalize your life. You have only one life. Your career, your family, your hobbies, and your socializing are all parts of your life—the only life you have to live. So, as we work together, I'll refer to your life and how you'll blend your career goals with both your family and your financial needs.

The first thing to determine is exactly what you want. I've worked with many clients who have faced the decisions you face now and moved on to a better and more fulfilling situation.

Sucessful people love their work, excel at it, and find meaning and happiness performing it. You are about to investigate many potential options: something new, bigger, better, different, or part-time, or even something you create and own. You can ponder and explore a new field or industry, land a promotion, and perhaps even consider a new location. You might be burnt out or simply want a position that allows more flexibility and time to be with your children. Starting completely over at the bottom in a new career just isn't financially feasible for a lot of people whose lifestyle includes a house, two cars, kids and so forth. But changing careers doesn't have to mean a big drop in pay, as you'll see in later chapters. We'll look at your income objectives and make that a part of your career goals. Maybe all you need to do is clearly sell the skills and talents you already possess. You may need training or more specialty courses or even degree to make your move. We'll investigate it all and set a plan of action in motion. If a move up is in your future, then hold tight, for included in this book is a new CEO/top executive survey on exactly how to get promoted and even reach the top if that's your goal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface: Getting the Most from This Book xv
Part 1 Figuring It Out 1
Chapter 1 Define Your Passion 3
Why Change? 4
The Hottest, Fastest Growing Career Fields 9
Our Identities and Our Careers 10
Chapter 2 Identify Your Best Skills, Values, and Interests 12
Skills Identification 14
Values Assessment 19
Blending Your Career with a Family 20
Interests 26
Creating Your Professional Profile and New Direction 27
Chapter 3 Determine Your Ideal Job and Workplace 29
Is Business Ownership for You? 31
Your Future 32
Define Your Ideal Job 33
Look Before You Leap 34
Putting It All Together 34
Career Killers to Avoid 38
Part 2 Moving On 47
Chapter 4 Hire Me--Strategic Ways to Land a Great Job 49
Know Where to Look 51
Job-Hunting Strategies 52
Tapping into the Hidden Job Market 57
Is a Company's Culture the Right Fit for You? 74
Relocation--How to Find a Job When You Tag Along 76
Summary 78
Chapter 5 Launching a Business 80
Key Mistakes to Avoid in Running a Business 86
Start-up Options 90
How to Start a Business While You Still Work Full-time 96
Turn a Hobby into a Career 97
Where Does the Start-up Money Come From? 98
Running the Business 100
Now It's Your Turn 101
Chapter 6 Getting Paid Well for What You Do 104
Salary Negotiations 105
Why Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men 106
Determine Your Competitive Salary Worth 108
Conclusion 119
Part 3 Staying Put 121
Chapter 7 CEOs and Top Executives Reveal How to Get Promoted 123
Survey Results 124
Technical Competence and More 126
Network ... Network ... Network 133
CEOs Reveal What It Takes to Get to the Top 139
Increase Your Competitive Advantage with These Tools 140
Moving into Management 145
When the Best Way to Get Ahead Is to Move On 152
Making the Most of Your Current Job 154
Summary 156
Chapter 8 Get That Raise! 159
Worst Ways of Asking for a Raise 160
Where the Biggest Raises Come From 161
The Secrets of Getting That Raise 162
When the Answer Is No 170
Chapter 9 Moving Your Business to the Next Level 172
Getting Business to Come to You 173
More Effective Marketing Strategies 174
On Becoming an Authority 180
Make Money Off Your Website 182
Publicity--How to Get Your Name in the News 185
Free Up Time to Make More $$$ 194
Strategies for Setting Business Fees and Prices for Products or Services 196
Learn Business Skills from Business Experts 205
Summary 206
Part 4 Conclusion: Go for It! 209
Chapter 10 The Rewards of Meaningful Work 211
More Career Help Available 217
Recommended Resources 219
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First Chapter

Define Your Passion

I've always believed that any person with a little ability, a little guts, some persisitence, and some determination could achieve whatever he or she could dream.

Are you ready to move on? Make a change? You'll spend about eleven thousand days working over your lifetime, and I believe they should be rewarding and happy ones. This book's goal is to help you decide how you're going to spend your days--at what job, at what level, where you do it, and how it will affect your life and your family for all the weeks to come. It's not just a career book, though because--contrary to public opinion--you cannot compartmentalize your life. You have only one life. Your career, your family, your hobbies, and your socializing are all parts of your life--the only life you have to live. So, as we work together, I'll refer to your life and how you'll blend your career goals with both your family and your financial needs.

The first thing to determine is exactly what you want. I've worked with many clients who have faced the decisions you face now and moved on to a better and more fulfilling situation.

Sucessful people love their work, excel at it, and find meaning and happiness performing it. You are about to investigate many potential options: something new, bigger, better, different, or part-time, or even something you create and own. You can ponder and explore a new field or industry, land a promotion, and perhaps even consider a new location. You might be burnt out or simply want a position that allows more flexibility and time to be with your children. Starting completely over at the bottom in a new career just isn't financially feasible for a lot of people whose lifestyle includes a house, two cars, kids and so forth. But changing careers doesn't have to mean a big drop in pay, as you'll see in later chapters. We'll look at your income objectives and make that a part of your career goals. Maybe all you need to do is clearly sell the skills and talents you already possess. You may need training or more specialty courses or even degree to make your move. We'll investigate it all and set a plan of action in motion. If a move up is in your future, then hold tight, for included in this book is a new CEO/top executive survey on exactly how to get promoted and even reach the top if that's your goal.

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