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SO, YOU'VE BEEN FIRED!
Being middle aged and unemployed may well be the most unpleasant experience
of a person's lifetime. Although some who have been fired may find other
jobs quickly, many will not. For these latter people the trauma, anxiety,
financial uncertainty, and feeling of utter rejection make an impression
that will last for the remainder of their lives.
The objective, of course, is to find another position as quickly as
possible. And that's where this PRIMER comes in.
From the author's own personal experiences in going through such a search,
he noticed that the difference between an individual's getting an offer and
his not getting one were often very minor and very subtle things indeed.
When you think about it, that's not surprising in today's employment market
- where there are dozens (or perhaps hundreds) of qualified individuals
competing for every single opportunity. Under such circumstances,
employers can afford to be - and are - quite choosy.
To be the individual who stands out as the best amongst such competition
takes a great deal of planning, and a lot of hard work. But that's what
this book will help you to do.
The author takes you through the entire job search process - starting from
your personal financial assessment, through your final salary negotiations.
All along the way he points out those subtle things that may distinguish
you from the rest of the crowd. You'll find that many of the things he
emphasizes will be different from what you've been told by "outplacement"
counsellors. That's because the author personally went through the
process, rather than merely watching someone else do it.
By now you've probably been wished "good luck" by literally scores of
employers who did not hire you. Perhaps it's time for you to try some new
approaches that will make that good luck happen!
Printing This Book:
If you wish to print the text of this book in a continuous fashion, load
your printer with paper, make certain you are in the directory in which you
have loaded these files, type JOBBOOK, then hit the "Enter" key. The batch
file "Jobbook.Bat" will print the book from cover to cover, with
appropriate breaks for the chapter headings. Although somewhat more
difficult to read, the text has been formatted to print single spaced in
order to save on paper. Even so, the entire book printed this way will use
approximately 100 sheets of 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, so be certain to have
this much on hand at the outset. Be sure to set your printer's top and
bottom margins at zero, and start the printing near the tops of your
pages - so the page numbers (at the bottom) will not kick over to a
following page. Also be certain your printer's left and right margins are
set narrow enough so your printer will not "wrap" the right side of the
text to a following line. Since the text has been formatted for 12 pitch
lettering, you should set your printer accordingly.
Viewing This Book:
If you wish merely to browse through the various chapters by calling them
up onto your screen, you may do so by using the DOS command: TYPE
TEXT.DOC|MORE (then hit "Enter"). The text is arranged as follows:
Book's Cover Page
Book's Dust Jacket Writeup
Ch. 1 - The Initial Shock
Ch. 2 - Getting Your Priorities Sorted Out
Ch. 3 - Writing The Resumes
Ch. 4 - Networking
Ch. 5 - Headhunters
Ch. 6 - Advertisements
Ch. 7 - Direct Solicitation Letters
Ch. 8 - Non Standard Approaches
Ch. 9 - Interviewing
Ch. 10 - Yes or No?
Ch. 11 - Fool Me Once, Shame On You;
Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me.
Appendix - Executive Search Firms
Rights to this manuscript are retained by L. D. Sprankle, Jr., Timonium,
Maryland. The author reserves all rights, including the copyright of the
text, in anticipation of commercial publication and/or distribution at a
later date. This text is intended for personal use only by private
individuals; absolutely no commercial use whatsoever may be made of any
portion of this text.
Individual Bulletin Board users may consider this package as "freeware".
It may be freely copied and distributed, as long as no charge is made, and
as long as no additions, deletions, or other changes are made to the
package in any way.
If you are presently unemployed, we hope you will benefit from some of the
ideas contained in this text. If you are middle aged, and have been fired
due to no fault of your own, you have two very big additional strikes
against you. You will need all the help you can get, and perhaps this book
will give you a boost. Good Luck!