Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss
Product Author Bios
Martha I. Finney is President and CEO of Engagement Journeys, LLC, and an internationally-respected expert in employee engagement and leadership communications. A business journalist for 20 years before becoming a full-time consultant, she specializes in helping organizations achieve greater employee loyalty, retention, and passion.
Finney is author or coauthor of more than 13 books, including The Truth About Getting the Best From People (FT Press) and HR From the Heart with Yahoo’s Chief People Officer, Libby Sartain. Her original research on the American workplace has been featured on CNN, NPR’s Morning Edition, and in major newspapers nationwide.
So, you've been laid off. Or you see it coming. You're not alone. And it's not your fault: you're just one of millions of smart, high-quality people who are being shown the door. But none of that makes it feel any better! What can you do? What should you do? How do you cope with the havoc that losing your job can cause? This sympathetic, practical book brings together all the answers you need to empower yourself, and come back stronger than ever. Author Martha Finney is one of the nation's leading workplace experts: her research has been featured on CNN, NPR's Morning Edition, and in major newspapers across the country. Drawing on powerful insights and personal stories from an enormous network of experts, she brings together all the knowledge and resources you'll need to regain mastery over your life. Finney answers questions like: How can I keep getting laid off from wrecking my life? How can I protect my professional reputation and career path? How do I get past the anger? Why haven't I heard from my coworkers? How do I keep all my options open? How do I tell my family, without damaging their faith in their own futures? What are my rights? Can I sue? Should I? How do I keep this from happening again? From start to finish, this book will help you identify your best next steps: the steps that'll help you get past the trauma and move forward, emotionally, financially, in your career, and in every part of your life.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Some informative sections but most is just common sense,
This review is from: Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine™ Program (What's this?)This book offers a lot of good advice about what to do when laid off. However, I am only giving it 3 stars for two main reasons: 1) The first third of the book is devoted to what you should do if you think you're in danger of being laid off. That's all well and good, but the title of the book is "Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over AFTER JOB LOSS." Most people picking up this book will already BE laid off. Indeed, although the advice in the first third of the book is useful, it's also very frustrating to read these chapters after one has ALREADY been laid off! (e.g. Part II, Chapter 5: "Financial: What to Do Before You Get Laid Off.") It's very likely that someone reading this book will have already been laid off, and probably didn't follow much of the advice for the pre-layoff, so the whole thing starts off on a rather irritating note.
The second reason I'm giving 3 stars is because the information in the rest of the book, while useful, contains no real epiphanies... Read more
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Now is the Time to Prepare, Because Yes, It Really Can Happen to You!,
This review is from: Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss (Paperback)Chances are you know of someone, a family member, friend or neighbor who has recently been laid off. In my case, it was me. I just finished reading Rebound and recommend it to anyone who is going through a layoff or thinks it could happen to them, and especially if you think that it can't happen to you!
Not only is this book full of practical and inspirational advice, (addressing your feelings, fears, frustrations, finances and finding your next job), but each chapter ends with three action items: the best thing you can do, the worst thing you could do, and the first thing you should do. I recommend reading the appendixes and resources and suggested reading at the end of the book as well.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Read before you are laid off (or in early stages),
This review is from: Rebound: A Proven Plan for Starting Over After Job Loss (Paperback)Rebound is one of the best career books I've read in a long time. The author focuses on a single topic: getting laid off when you're in mid-career.
While some reviewers claim Rebound offers nothing new, I would say Rebound puts the information together in a compelling style that's easy to follow. Following the current trend in book publishing, she presents short, tightly organized chapters that answer very specific questions. What should you do when you anticipate being laid off? How do you handle the emotion? How do you deal with former colleagues?
Finney's advice is sound. Her chapter on networking is especially good. Most of my own career clients think "network" is a 7-letter word like some others I can't use in a review. They think of glad-handing and fake cheer. Finney's examples relate to my own clients: finding a new job from the source you least expected to deliver.
As another reviewer noted, Finney assumes that readers will want to get back... Read more
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Table of Contents
About the Author xv
Part I The Inner Game of Getting Laid Off 3
1 What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expected 4
2 New Career Realities and New Career Rules 10
3 You’re Still in Control 16
Part II Preparing for a Layoff 21
4 Are You on the Layoff List? 22
Voice of Experience: Rob 23
5 Financial: What to Do Before You Get Laid Off 28
6 Set the Tone for How You Leave 32
7 Plan Your Exit 38
Voice of Experience: Caroline 42
Part III Know Your Rights 47
8 What You Can Expect from a Severance Package 48
9 Stop! Just Say No 50
10 Ask for Special Treatment 56
11 A Word About Noncompete Agreements 60
12 Not That It Matters to You, but It Hurts for Them, Too 64
Part IV When You’ve Been Laid Off 69
13 Financial: Control Your Spending 70
14 What Do I Do with All This Rage? 76
Voice of Experience: Anna 82
15 The Kids Can Handle the Truth 86
16 Good Things to Remember 92
Voice of Experience: Charles 93
Voice of Experience: Simon 96
Part V Landing Your Next Job 101
17 The Importance of Having a Plan 102
18 Learn to Love Networking 108
19 Using Social Networking for Your Job Search 114
20 Build Your “A” Player Status Even Though You Are Not Employed 120
21 Talking About Your Job Loss in Interviews 126
22 How to Evaluate the Job You’ve Been Offered 132
23 Should You Take a Job with a Company That’s Laying People Off? 138
24 Go! Just Say Yes 142
Voice of Experience: Deborah 145
25 Start Your New Job with Confidence 148
Voice of Experience: Sarah 152
26 Never Be in This Situation Again 156
Part VI Appendixes 161
A Step Away from the Fridge! Reach for This Instead 162
B Greg and Martha’s List of Automatic No’s 170
Resources and Suggested Reading 174
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