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What to do with the rest of your life : America's top career coach shows you how to find or create the job you'll love
Ryan, Robin, 1955-
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New York : Fireside, [2002]

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xvi, 222 pages ; 22 cm
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HF5381 .R7997 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Job

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Stuck in a job that's going nowhere? Hate going to work? Pounding the pavement looking for an opportunity? Bored? Whether you are caught in a career crisis, a victim of corporate downsizing, or suffering from old-fashioned burnout, you need America's #1 career coach, Robin Ryan.
Robin has the answers. She will show you that your perfect career is waiting for you no matter what your age or income. Most important, Robin Ryan provides great advice for the millions who feel trapped in their jobs and need a change but also need to maintain their income.

Author Notes

Robin Ryan lives in Seattle, Washington.



Define Your Passion I've always believed that any person with a little ability, a little guts, some persisitence, and some determination could achieve whatever he or she could dream. Are you ready to move on? Make a change? You'll spend about eleven thousand days working over your lifetime, and I believe they should be rewarding and happy ones. This book's goal is to help you decide how you're going to spend your days--at what job, at what level, where you do it, and how it will affect your life and your family for all the weeks to come. It's not just a career book, though because--contrary to public opinion--you cannot compartmentalize your life. You have only one life. Your career, your family, your hobbies, and your socializing are all parts of your life--the only life you have to live. So, as we work together, I'll refer to your life and how you'll blend your career goals with both your family and your financial needs. The first thing to determine is exactly what you want. I've worked with many clients who have faced the decisions you face now and moved on to a better and more fulfilling situation. Sucessful people love their work, excel at it, and find meaning and happiness performing it. You are about to investigate many potential options: something new, bigger, better, different, or part-time, or even something you create and own. You can ponder and explore a new field or industry, land a promotion, and perhaps even consider a new location. You might be burnt out or simply want a position that allows more flexibility and time to be with your children. Starting completely over at the bottom in a new career just isn't financially feasible for a lot of people whose lifestyle includes a house, two cars, kids and so forth. But changing careers doesn't have to mean a big drop in pay, as you'll see in later chapters. We'll look at your income objectives and make that a part of your career goals. Maybe all you need to do is clearly sell the skills and talents you already possess. You may need training or more specialty courses or even degree to make your move. We'll investigate it all and set a plan of action in motion. If a move up is in your future, then hold tight, for included in this book is a new CEO/top executive survey on exactly how to get promoted and even reach the top if that's your goal. Excerpted from What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: America's Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You'll LOVE by Robin Ryan All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: Getting the Most from This Bookp. xv
Part 1 Figuring It Outp. 1
Chapter 1 Define Your Passionp. 3
Why Change?p. 4
The Hottest, Fastest Growing Career Fieldsp. 9
Our Identities and Our Careersp. 10
Chapter 2 Identify Your Best Skills, Values, and Interestsp. 12
Skills Identificationp. 14
Values Assessmentp. 19
Blending Your Career with a Familyp. 20
Interestsp. 26
Creating Your Professional Profile and New Directionp. 27
Chapter 3 Determine Your Ideal Job and Workplacep. 29
Is Business Ownership for You?p. 31
Your Futurep. 32
Define Your Ideal Jobp. 33
Look Before You Leapp. 34
Putting It All Togetherp. 34
Career Killers to Avoidp. 38
Part 2 Moving Onp. 47
Chapter 4 Hire Me--Strategic Ways to Land a Great Jobp. 49
Know Where to Lookp. 51
Job-Hunting Strategiesp. 52
Tapping into the Hidden Job Marketp. 57
Is a Company's Culture the Right Fit for You?p. 74
Relocation--How to Find a Job When You Tag Alongp. 76
Summaryp. 78
Chapter 5 Launching a Businessp. 80
Key Mistakes to Avoid in Running a Businessp. 86
Start-up Optionsp. 90
How to Start a Business While You Still Work Full-timep. 96
Turn a Hobby into a Careerp. 97
Where Does the Start-up Money Come From?p. 98
Running the Businessp. 100
Now It's Your Turnp. 101
Chapter 6 Getting Paid Well for What You Dop. 104
Salary Negotiationsp. 105
Why Women Are Still Paid Less Than Menp. 106
Determine Your Competitive Salary Worthp. 108
Conclusionp. 119
Part 3 Staying Putp. 121
Chapter 7 CEOs and Top Executives Reveal How to Get Promotedp. 123
Survey Resultsp. 124
Technical Competence and Morep. 126
Network ... Network ... Networkp. 133
CEOs Reveal What It Takes to Get to the Topp. 139
Increase Your Competitive Advantage with These Toolsp. 140
Moving into Managementp. 145
When the Best Way to Get Ahead Is to Move Onp. 152
Making the Most of Your Current Jobp. 154
Summaryp. 156
Chapter 8 Get That Raise!p. 159
Worst Ways of Asking for a Raisep. 160
Where the Biggest Raises Come Fromp. 161
The Secrets of Getting That Raisep. 162
When the Answer Is Nop. 170
Chapter 9 Moving Your Business to the Next Levelp. 172
Getting Business to Come to Youp. 173
More Effective Marketing Strategiesp. 174
On Becoming an Authorityp. 180
Make Money Off Your Websitep. 182
Publicity--How to Get Your Name in the Newsp. 185
Free Up Time to Make More $$$p. 194
Strategies for Setting Business Fees and Prices for Products or Servicesp. 196
Learn Business Skills from Business Expertsp. 205
Summaryp. 206
Part 4 Conclusion: Go for It!p. 209
Chapter 10 The Rewards of Meaningful Workp. 211
More Career Help Availablep. 217
Recommended Resourcesp. 219