Enabling individuals to weather the trauma of unemployment, this guide offers real-world advice from a victim and survivor of downsizing and restructuring. Unemployed professionals learn practical steps for managing the grief that follows job loss and methods for guiding and protecting their families through the challenges of unemployment. Solid, effective strategies for recovery and reemployment are featured along with motivational examples of fellow professionals who have successfully reentered the job market. Covered are issues such as gracefully parting ways with a former employer, coping with feelings of powerlessness and fear, maintaining and rebuilding networks, finding the hidden job market through informational interviewing, and effectively marketing oneself to perspective employees.
Author Biography: J. Damian Birkel has discussed career and reemployment issues with Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR's All Things Considered. Twice the victim of downsizing, he is the founder of nationally recognized Professionals in Transition Support Group, Inc., and the author of Career Bounce-Back! Reemployment Toolbox Workbook. He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Stacey J. Miller is a writer and editor as well as the president of S. J. Miller Communications, which specializes in career, parenting, technology, and business publications. She lives in Randolph, Massachusetts.