Losing a job is one of the most devastating events one can experience. For trauma, it ranks up there with divorce, loss of a loved one, or permanent personal injury, and it happens more often that one would think. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 50,000 workers are fired or laid off each day. That is over 18,000,000 workers each year.
Moving Forward in Mid-Career is a guide for workers who have been fired or laid off and are in process of rebuilding not only their careers, but also their personal identities independent of a job title. The main objectives of Moving Forward are:
To address challenges that are unique to the mid-career job seekers, such as perceptions of overqualification and the need to keep with advances in technology
To provide support and encouragement for workers who are in process of rebuilding their careers as individual contributors, as employees of small businesses or large corporations, or as founders/owners of a new business.
To provide job hunting rules for workers reentering the workplace.
To provide guidelines for staying up to date on competitive skills demanded by today’s workplace.
To provide practical information for rebuilding wealth.
By addressing the many aspects of job loss and job search, Moving Forward provides solutions for dealing with the challenges encountered at each stage of the rebuilding process, from the initial shock and humiliation to the difficult but rewarding task of rebuilding persona and seeking new employment opportunities.
John Henry Weiss is the owner and president of Weiss & Associates, an executive recruiting firm that conducts searches for companies in the education and communication industries. He is the author of two other books dealing with the workplace: Operation Job Search: A Guide for Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Careers and Welcome to the Real World: A Complete Guide to Job Hunting for the Recent College Grad. Weiss lives in Stockton, New Jersey.
"Losing your employment in mid-life or anytime is traumatic. But don’t panic. . . . follow the advice in this excellent guide." —Ed Meell, founder and chairman, MMS Education
"John Weiss provides concrete steps for workers to get their lives back in order after being fired or laid off. Why? Because it is the job that shapes who we are." —Michael C. King, business management instructor, CUNY
"A must-read for anyone re-entering the workforce after being let go. It offers not only practical job-hunting guidance, but also sound life lessons to help you thrive in the second half of your career." —Tina Hamilton, educational technology consultant