Must read books about Layoffs and Downsizing:

If you are in the insurance industry and seeing consolidation or outside of the industry & experiencing your own threats of layoffs, it is important to gain knowledge about what to expect, how to make the most of the situation, bounce back, etc.  Also, if you are in HR and your firm is considering layoffs it is important to understand how your employees are feeling or may view the situation.  These are the must read books about layoffs and downsizing.

The insurance industry is increasing an increasing rate of Mergers and Acquisitions, and as a result “Synergies” which means Layoffs and Downsizing.  See our article about Mergers and Acquisitions in (Re)Insurance.

It’s important to be prepared, educate, stay positive and bounce back.

For Employees:

THE BOUNCE BACK: Personal Stories of Bouncing Back Faster and Higher from a Layoff, Re-org or Career Setback

“The Bounce Back”  reveals how leading Career Coach Sherri Thomas and 13 other professionals and executives successfully navigated through career threatening challenges including being laid off, demoted, struggled with a bad manager or bounced from low-paying unsatisfying jobs.

Although the book reveals the dark side of what millions of Americans are facing today which is being either unemployed, laid off or undervalued in the job market, the overall message is clearly uplifting which is, “Yes, there is life after a layoff!” and gives readers the roadmap and insider secrets to get re-hired, promoted and rebound into a more gratifying and higher paying career.

Each chapter is filled with smart, powerful strategies from the Bounce Back achievers on how they rebounded from a variety of challenges including how they told their “career story” to hiring managers, how they made gut-wrenching decisions to leave their safe but unfulfilling jobs, how they contacted their network to get job leads, referrals and recommendations, how they customized their resume, and the courageous steps they took to land in a more meaningful, purposeful and even higher-salaried career.  This is a must-read for any professional or executive who experienced a setback and wants a more meaningful and fulfilling career.

Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, award-winning author and international speaker.  She is also the Founder/President of Career Coaching 360 which helps professionals and executives reinvent themselves into a more meaningful and enriching career.
          

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The Job Search Navigator: An Expert’s Guide to Getting Hired, Surviving Layoffs, and Building Your Career

The Job Search Navigator is a comprehensive guide to finding a new job in today’s evolving career marketplace. Author Matt Durfee writes from the perspective of someone who has both recruited for some of America’s biggest companies and navigated his way through nine of his own job losses.

The book combines practical real-world perspectives with the technical knowledge job seekers need in order to excel at every aspect of their searches. Drawing on the knowledge Durfee accumulated through his own experiences, searches, and big-brand corporate hiring responsibilities, The Job Search Navigator abandons the “clinical approach” of many other career-advice books. Instead, Durfee gives easy-to-follow strategies and, perhaps more importantly, recounts in illuminating detail the kinds of mistakes that led him to develop these strategies.

Despite recent reports of soaring corporate profits and gross domestic product growth, the effects of the Great Recession are still very real to the nearly 20 million Americans who are either jobless or underemployed. In these uncertain times, The Job Search Navigator is a reliable guide to every step of the 21st-century job hunt, whether readers are laid off, wanting to change careers after surviving cutbacks, or seeking a better full-time gig in a stagnant marketplace.

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Getting Back to Work: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff

You can’t always control losing your job, but you can control your reaction and the decisions you make afterward

In Getting Back to Work, Linda Rolie, an expert in strategic career development with a background as a psychiatric therapist, gives you time-tested tools for finding a new job in today’s tough economy, while also working through the psychological challenges you might face after being laid off.

In Getting Back to Work, you’ll find:

  • Guidance managing emotions and stress while searching for a new job
  • Exercises to identify transferable skills, knowledge, abilities, and qualifications
  • Templates for writing impressive resumes, cover letters, and thank-you notes,
  • Tips on networking, resume building, interviewing, and how to answer the “why did you get laid off?” and “aren’t you overqualified?” questions
  • Research methods for finding a job, helpful Internet sites and other resources
Buy Here: Getting Back to Work: Everything You Need to Bounce Back and Get a Job After a Layoff

The Layoff Survival Guide: How You Can Negotiate Your Severance Agreement and Get the Added Benefits You Need to Bridge the Gap to Your Next Job

Laid off, let go, downsized, dismissed…its all means the same… No job in the morning. It can happen to you.

You show up to work on time, rested, looking your best and ready to go. In a few hours you find your self no longer a member of the team…unemployed. Don’t get caught without knowing how to negotiate for a better severance package on your way out. Inside you will learn:

  • How to Effectively Negotiate Your Severance Package
  • How Negotiating your Severance Agreement Can Make a Huge Difference
  • The Important Questions to Ask Before Departing
Buy Here: The Layoff Survival Guide: How You Can Negotiate Your Severance Agreement and Get the Added Benefits You Need to Bridge the Gap to Your Next Job

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