Author: Rob Harper
Author: Rob Harper
If you are like most people, you’ve been laid off, cut from work, let go, or fired. Or, maybe you were one of the fortunate ones who saw it coming and took the proactive step to quit first. No matter how it happens, losing is job can be tough.
Rob Harper worked his way up to vice president at Citibank as he devoted 15 years of his life to the company. In 2008 when the economic downturn hit, he wanted to know if layoffs were coming to his department. “No layoffs,” his superiors told him. Next thing he knew, he was called in and immediately terminated. Being blindsided like that can be brutal, but Harper chose to make something good of the situation by writing That Job Just Isn’t Into You! Starting Over When It’s Over. He cleverly compares a job to a personal relationship. Just as a romance ends when one party isn’t emotionally into the relationship, so it is with a job. People get over break-ups, and they get over job loss as well.
For anyone who needs a shoulder to cry on, this book is a virtual friend. However, Harper lets you cry for only a day. After that, it’s time to get up, dust off, and move on. There’s no succumbing to depression.
“Job loss: See it as the beginning of something new. A new you who will have doors opened to experience new opportunities. Embrace this time and explore interests you never pursued! Believe it or not, that free time you have now—without a job—might not ever come again until you retire (if you are so lucky),” Harper writes.
My favorite part of the book are the many personal stories from other good folks who suffered a loss of employment. For example:
· Douglas was laid off from IBN with all the finesse of a telemarketing call.
· Laura, a manager at ComputerShare, went on to get a job that paid 20% more.
· Yvonne, a nurse, found that being passed over for her dream job turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
· BeBe, an account manager, went through a crisis of confidence after being laid off, but a smart strategy set her on an even better career path.
· When Chris got his “permanent layoff,” he was forced to cancel his family vacation to Disney World. It wasn’t easy, but his faith in God got him through a two-year period of unemployment.
· Todd has been working since age 14. He’s gone through multiple cuts, lay-offs, and was even fired for extending customer service that was “too good.” Through it all, he learned not to lose his identity in a job.
· Kenny’s father told him he’d never realize his dream of being a pilot. His story is a true inspiration.
By the time you’ve finished reading these and more stories of everyday folks, it’s near impossible to feel down in the dumps about a job that just wasn’t into you.
In spite of the fact that this short, self-published book could benefit from a professional editor and a copyeditor, it is so encouraging and timely, I recommend it for anyone who has lost a job or fears they might do so in the near future.