3 out of 4 stars
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Losing a job can be incredibly disheartening and frightening. The world is changing rapidly, and many jobs are becoming obsolete due to automation or other technological advancements. In addition, the global pandemic of 2020 brought massive job loss all over the world. When you face sudden unemployment, it can be difficult to keep heart and know where to go from there. In her book, Thriving During Periods of Unemployment: A Comprehensive Guide for Job Seekers, Artaisha C. Jenkins, PhD explains the steps you can take to remain positive and make yourself the strongest candidate you can be for your next job or career.
Thriving During Periods of Unemployment is relatively short but packed with helpful information for job seekers. It begins by giving ideas about how you can keep a positive outlook while dealing with unemployment, as well as the best ways to utilize your newfound free time to your best advantage. If your job history is in an industry that is no longer thriving, or if you just don’t enjoy your line of work anymore, the book goes through steps for considering and selecting an entirely new career path. It covers how to best position yourself to enter that path with a strong resume. The book gives pointers on ways to make yourself more marketable, including creating a “personal brand” for yourself. It also guides you on creating strong resumes and cover letters, as well as creating short and long-term career plans and sticking to them.
I like that this book kept the information concise and organized. There is no repetitive content, and the reader is not bombarded with the author’s opinion on certain industries or other job-related matters. The book simply delivers the promised information and moves along. When appropriate, step-by-step lists and instructions are included, making it simple to incorporate the author’s advice into your life or routine. I also like that the author took the time to highlight keeping yourself happy while going through your job search. Sometimes it’s easy to get so carried away with your efforts to find new employment that you forget to enjoy your increased leisure time. Have you been wanting to tackle a home project or pick up a new hobby? This is the time to do it! The author also reminds us to take advantage of our extra time with friends and family.
Although I liked a lot of the information in this book, I did think it could use a couple of tweaks. The section on creating a personal brand spoke extensively about having an online presence without actually laying the groundwork for how someone might develop such a presence. For those who didn’t grow up with social media, who are in a low-tech industry that is being phased out due to automation, or who simply haven’t had to job hunt in a long time, the idea of posting and commenting, creating color schemes, and responding to reviews might be a foreign one. I would have liked to see the author mention some of the common platforms where a job seeker should have an online presence and explain how each functions before moving on to the more tech-savvy instructions in this section.
My only other suggestion for improving the book would be another round of professional editing. I found a handful of typos, as well as a number of awkwardly-worded statements that a professional editor could easily smooth out. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars, and I think if it were cleaned up and a bit more attention paid to providing the basics for social media novices, it would get a perfect score. I recommend this book to anyone who is currently job hunting or considering a potential career change.
Thriving During Periods of Unemployment
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