What to Do When You Are Fired or Laid Off A Complete Guide to the Benefits and Legal Rights You Need to Know to Get Back on Your Feet
ISBN #: 9781601382870
$15.95In the last five years, more than a million jobs have been lost in the United States, many of them due to the closure of plants, factories, or downsizing in shrinking companies. Millions more people have lost their jobs due to being fired, restructuring, or mergers in major corporations. Many thousands more are expected to lose their jobs in the year to come and that leads many to wonder what rights and benefits they have to help them recuperate and get back on their feet. This comprehensive guide to the laws and benefits provided to those individuals who have lost their jobs, for whatever reason, will help you discover exactly what you can do to ensure you have the resources you need to salvage your life and your career after losing a job.
A complete listing of the requirements your employer is bound to and the legal implications of your particular situation will be provided in multiple chapters broken down to reflect the various situations in which you lost your job. If you were laid off due to a factory closing, you will be given advice on how much of your retirement benefits you are entitled to, how much notice your employer is legally required to provide you (as per the WARN act), and what you can do in the final 60 days to shore up future employment. If your company downsizes, you will be given detailed descriptions of the laws that apply to your workplace according to where you work and how long you have worked there.
You will learn what opportunities the federal government provides to those who have lost their jobs, including unemployment benefits and welfare coverage. You will also learn about how you can take advantage of additional workforce training to further your technical skills. You will learn how to handle your taxes while unemployed. You will learn how to know if your firing was legal and if you have a legal basis to reproach your company for laying you off. If you were unfairly terminated, you will be shown how you can approach an attorney and what you need to provide to win your case.
Finally, you will be shown which resources and tools are available to help you get back on your feet, finding a new job that utilizes your skills and training. You will learn how you can modernize your skill set with additional training, seek out hiring services, and supplement your income between jobs with temporary or parttime opportunities. Hours of expert opinions have been gathered into this book from hiring managers, employment lawyers, and other experts in the field to help you know exactly what rights you have and what you can do to recover. If you have been laid off, fired, or unfairly terminated, this book will provide you with everything you need to minimize the stress and suffering of your situation and get back on your feet in no time.
How to Change Your Career and Do the Work You Really Love: A Step by Step Plan for Making It Happen
ISBN #: 9781601382887
$12.95According to a USA Today poll of more than 1,000 working Americans, less than 10 percent of all employees feel that they are prestigious in the jobs they perform. As many as 60 percent of all employees will freely admit they wish they had another job. Few people are happy with their lots in life and yet many of them do not know how to fix the problem. They do not know how to start searching for the perfect job or how to put themselves in the position they always dreamed of. There are many steps involved in quitting and finding a new job. You must know what you want from your career, be able to track it down, and have the resources to do so. This book will provide you with the information you need to do all three things. You will be shown the right mindset to start and succeed in discovering what it is that would make you truly happy in life.
You will learn how to block out everything in your life and pinpoint what it is you have always wanted to do. A guide of popular careers and their related fields is provided to help you discern where you went wrong in your career, as well as pointed advice on how to methodically start thinking about the right career. Instead of quitting and being left in the cold, you will be shown how to start saving money and preparing the right resources to get a new job.
Instead of toiling over your job, you will learn what to look for in a career and how to outline how much money you really need to make to survive. You will be provided the top jobhunting resources in the country, along with a complete list for how to weed out bad jobs, with code words and telltale signs revealed that will help you ignore bad job listings. A special chapter is included to help you create the winning resume package, including a topnotch resume, cover letter, and all the fresh information you need if it has been years since the last time you looked for a job.
Finally, you will learn how you can start working toward turning your life's passions into a viable career. You will learn how to decide if what you love is viable as a business and how to start working for yourself. You will learn the most common mistakes people make when they try to strike out on their own and how you can avoid becoming just another sad story. With a plethora of interviews and conversations with real world professionals who have managed to chuck their job and start living and working the lives they have always wanted, you will learn the ins and outs of finding a career that will make you truly happy, while maintaining your current quality of life. If you feel trapped by your job or the press of your bills, this book will help you break free and finally start working towards a rewarding career in a field you love.
How to Get the Raise You Want in 90 Days or Less A Step-by-Step Plan for Making It Happen
ISBN #: 9781601382863
But, it is a more complex process than merely asking for a raise. You must be prepared to approach your boss and company from a multitude of different angles. In this comprehensive guide to overcoming your hesitance and getting the raise you deserve, you will learn exactly how you can step up to the plate and become the employee that no one can ignore, not only earning that raise, but proving to everyone around you that your presence is vital to the success of the company.
In this book, you will learn how to approach the process of getting a raise one step at a time, focusing on what you need to do as an employee to successfully convince your employer that you are worth the money. You will learn how to analyze where you are in your life and career, how you got there, and where you want to end up. A complete outline is provided to detail exactly how salaries are set by employers and how you can work within those parameters, evaluating your own skill set, and deciding if you are truly entitled to a raise or if you need to work a little harder for it.
You will learn how to go about earning your raise by creating a list of what your employer is looking for and methodically checking off each item as you improve your overall work performance to meet their expectations. Learn when and where you can ask for a raise and how to negotiate with a tough boss to convince them that your request is both fair for you and beneficial for them. A special section on the top mistakes you should avoid in negotiating your raise is included to ensure you do not make the same mistakes that have tripped up many before you and an explanation of how employers give and analyze employee evaluations allows you to see inside their head as they try to decide whether your request is worthwhile to them. For any employee grinding their way through work every day, knowing they are worth more money, this step by step guide to asking for a raise is for you.
How to Get the Promotion You Want in 90 Days or Less A Step by Step Plan for Making It Happen
ISBN #: 9781601382856
Many people agonize over whether they should and how they can go about landing the promotion that will allow them to feel better about their job and their position in the world. In this groundbreaking book, you will discover not only how to move from desire to action, but how to pass from each step to the next without making any major mistakes. The process of earning and then requesting a promotion can be a complex one, meaning you need the best possible resources at your disposal before you make any decisions or have any conversations.
In this book, you will learn how to start analyzing your own performance at work. Are you as productive as your peers? Do you have a reputation that you must live up to or overcome to be in the right position to request that promotion? What do you need to do to earn the promotion that you know you deserve? These are all vital questions that every employee must be able to ask and find the answers to in order to successfully get that promotion and this book will provide solutions to each and every one of them.
Through hours of interviews with hiring managers and professionals, we have been able to compile a complete guide to everything your employer looks for when deciding whether you deserve a promotion. Learn which traits your boss values highest, what days of the week and times of day are best to ask for a promotion, and when not to approach your boss. Learn how to have the conversation and prepare yourself in terms of job performance before you ask for the raise. Learn what you can do after you receive a promotion to continue your rise to the top, and in a special chapter on the top ten reasons promotions are denied, learn why it is that so many people are rejected. If you are seeking a promotion or the next major step in your career, it is vital that you know what to expect, what your employers look for, and what to avoid doing in order to land that new position. This book guides you through every step of the process and ensures you are ready on day one to pick up your new position and run with it.
The Complete Guide to Joining the Peace Corps What You Need to Know Explained Simply
ISBN #: 9781601382849
Many people want to join and help in the Peace Corps, and more than 160,000 people have, since it was established by President Kennedy in 1961. But, many more wonder what it involves and what they need to know before they can volunteer and sign up for the world famous Peace Corps. This informative book will guide you through the process of not only deciding whether you want to join the Peace Corps, but of showing you everything you will experience and need along the way.
You will learn all of the basic lingo and necessary information needed to start the application process. You will be shown the specific qualifications to join and what you can do to boost your chances of submitting a winning application. Advice for older volunteers as well as those who are married or worried about entering another country as a minority or different sexual orientation is included in a special chapter about preparing for the Peace Corps mentality.
Once you have applied and are ready for your Peace Corps commitment to start, you will learn what you should bring for two years abroad and what kind of training the Peace Corps will provide to you. A full list of the countries you might travel to and the languages you will need to learn are included, alongside the vital medical and safety information that you will need to remain safe during your travels. Learn how to stay in touch with home through the proper channels and how much travel and free time you will be permitted. Social interaction is a vital part of any volunteer commitment and you will learn how and when you can get to know you fellow volunteers and the rules for interaction with the local nationals. Finally, the process of returning to normal life will be hard, but this book will walk you through everything you need to know, including the procedure for coming home early and a full section on how to adjust to your life once more. You will also find information on incorporating your new outlook on life gained from the humbling experience of your travels into the life that you left back at home. For those interested in joining the Peace Corps who feel overwhelmed by everything it represents, this book will take your hand and walk you through every step of the way.
The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters: Step-by-Step Instructions With Companion CD-ROM
ISBN #: 9781601382382
In this new book, you will learn how to address your letter, how to grab the reader's attention immediately, how to format your letter, how to choose the font, how to be professional but persuasive, how to choose the type of paper, and how to target your letter. You will also learn about writing the different kinds of letters, including those in response to a classified advertisement, those in response to a blind advertisement, those sent to employment agencies, cold letters, and broadcast letters; writing style guidelines; what to include in your letter; writing for an online audience; cover letter styles; and common mistakes recruiters abhor.
Additionally, you will find examples of effective and ineffective letters, proven tips for making your letter stand out, sample phrases to use, and letters for new graduates, for professionals, and for those changing careers. Also included are samples specific to job industries, including administration and clerical; accounting; banking and finance, government; health care and social services; hospitality and food service; human resources; law enforcement and legal; manufacturing; sales, marketing, and customer service; skilled trades; technology; and science and engineering.
The companion CD-ROM is packed with samples and worksheets to help you brainstorm and create a successful cover letter. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters you will ensure that your letter will impress the recruiter and that you will be contacted for an interview. In the end you will create a tool that will be of enormous importance to you in your job search.
Returning From the War on Terrorism: What Every Veteran Needs to Know to Receive Your Maximum Benefits
ISBN #: 9781601381507
This is a discouraging statistic because the federal and state governments, as well as private foundations, have scholarships and military discounts available only to veterans. There are billions of dollars in aid available, waiting to be claimed, but the problem is finding and properly applying for these programs. This groundbreaking new book will provide help to those heroic Americans who have answered our government's call to duty. You will find all contact information and Web sites included, making it easy to apply for the benefits you are entitled to, while meeting the requirements of the Department of Veterans Affairs and other organizations and private institutions.
Here is a small sampling of what you will learn about: the GI Bill, scholarships, grants, companies that offer military discounts, GI Bill eligibility, details of VA loans, National Guard GI Bill, benefits after service, veterans' employment, education, and training programs, VA-guaranteed home loan, GI Bill Apprenticeship and OJT Program, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP), disability compensation, employment and training, frequently asked questions, asking for local discounts, GI Bill education programs, homeless veterans programs, state veteran benefits directory, survivor benefits, VA appeals process, VA benefits explained, VA hospitals and facilities, veteran disability compensation, veterans' health care, veterans' life insurance, veterans' pension programs, vocational rehabilitation, burial and memorial benefits. If you are in the military now, a veteran, or a military family member, you will find this resource invaluable.
How to Write and Design a Professional Resume to Get the Job: Insider Secrets You Need to Know - With Companion CD-ROM
ISBN #: 9781601381347
You will learn the basic components that must be in your resume, resume formats, key action words, common resume myths, what fonts to use, how to stress accomplishments, what information you should never put on a resume, how to write your resume from the employer's perspective, how to write the resume to fit the job, what words to use and what words never to use, techniques to get the interview, the secrets of a great cover letter, how to best describe your experience, how to detail employment gaps, and how to develop a professional resume. You also will learn about paper selection, electronic resume, white space, margins, graphics, and computer software to help layout your resume. If you use all this information, you will give yourself that edge over the competition that you deserve.
The Most Important Questions to Ask on Your Next Job Interview: Insider Secrets You Need to Know
ISBN #: 9781601381330
When the formal interview is over and the interviewer asks if you have any questions, now is the time to distance yourself from the competition. You should be asking questions to determine whether you would be happy in the position or with the company, but you need to ask the right questions. The questions you ask will help show what you can contribute to the organization. They also can help you figure out if you want this job. In this groundbreaking new book you will find over two hundred of the RIGHT kinds of questions to ask. You will be able to stand out from the others competing for the job and gain valuable insight into what working for a company would be like.
How to Run for Political Office and Win Everything You Need to Know to Get Elected
ISBN #: 9781601384089
This book is written to guide every potential new politician down the path of filing for, gathering support, and running for local office, whether you are a lawman, judge, politician, or concerned parent. You will start by reading a complete list of everything you need to know about the process of running for office, from the rules that govern your conduct, to the timeline you can expect to start living. You will learn how to organize you resources and start hiring campaign staff. You will learn how to start creating a database of donors and individuals who can be called or contacted when drumming up support. You will be walked through the process of dredging up your own past and disclosing everything you can about yourself to offset the potential for negative campaigning by your opponent.
Successful local politicians and campaign staff have been interviewed for this book and have provided detailed information about what you can expect when you start the process of running for office, from the door to door walking to the campaign literature and signs that must be created. You will learn the ins and outs of campaign fundraising and how to acquire the best possible endorsements to your campaign. You will learn what events you should be appearing at and how to start gaining access to television commercial air time. Finally, you will be walked through the phone bank and survey process on the road to the primaries and through the primaries to what you can expect on Election Day. From start to finish, you will learn everything you need to know to effectively run and win your campaign for local office with this book.
How to Write the Perfect Federal Job Resume & Resume Cover Letter: With Companion CD-ROM
ISBN #: 9781601383204
This book was written for every new job seeker who is striving to land a federal job but does not yet have the necessary tools or knowledge needed to put together the perfect resume and cover letter. You will learn in this book the difference between the major forms, including the 612 and 171 and how they are used for different job types including everything from aviator and warrant officer to teacher, police officer, and office manager. Former members of the military are given specific details on how they can fill out these highly important forms as well. You will learn how you can start writing a resume that will effectively catch the attention of a federal hiring manager, whether it be in a military position or an office administration role.
Dozens of top hiring experts have been interviewed and their responses compiled here to show how anyone can effectively fill out the necessary forms and write a resume for a federal government job, whether it be the GS 1431 for Building Managers or the GS 0344-12 for Computer Scientists or even US Postal Service applications and resumes. If you are considering or are being considered for a job in the federal government, you owe it to yourself to read this book today and learn more about how you can effectively write and submit your resume and cover letter today.
501+ Great Interview Questions for Employers and the best Answers for Prospective Employees
ISBN #: 9780910627504
Once you learn the right questions to ask, you'll get the best employees. For the prospective employee-learn how to sell yourself and get the job you want!
The Complete Guide to Working for Yourself: Everything the Self-Employed Need to Know about Taxes, Recordkeeping, and Other Lawsâ€”With Companion CD-ROM
ISBN #: 9781601380487
How will you organize and register your business? What are the regulatory considerations? How will you protect your intellectual property? Is your business plan adequate? Where can you find financing? What are your obligations as an employer? Do you understand your tax responsibilities? This brand new book includes the most current tax rates and changes in IRS regulations such as, "Is it a business or a hobby?"
You will learn all about business operations: selecting a business structure, licensing and permits, employer identification number (EIN), business taxes, recordkeeping, self-employment taxes, paying estimated taxes (and calculating how much to pay), dealing with independent contractors and 1099-miscellaneous forms, client agreements, insurance, workers' compensation insurance, rights and intellectual property law, accounting periods, selecting an accounting method, checklist for starting a business plan, choosing a name, business plans, forms of business structures, financing, location, marketing and advertising,
In addition, new entrepreneurs will appreciate this valuable resource and reference in their daily activities and as a source of ready-to-use forms, Web sites, operating and cost cutting ideas, and mathematical formulas to apply to their operations.
The Companion CD-ROM contains all the forms in the book as well as a sample business plan you can adapt for your own use.
The Complete Guide to Veterans' Benefits: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
ISBN #: 9781601387028
As of 2010, there were approximately 21.8 million veterans in the United States., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. When not on duty, 20 percent of these veterans do not have health coverage. This book will help you discover all you could be receiving for your dedicated service to this country. Author Bruce C. Brown provides all the details you need to know in order to receive your maximum benefits.
Still serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Brown understands what it takes to be in the military and knows the difficulties of navigating all of the government programs and policies. That's why he has gathered everything you need to know here, in one great resource. Topics included are: health care, disability compensation, The Post-9/11 GI Bill, scholarships, grants, military discounts, VA loans, vocational rehabilitation and employment, hospitals and facilities, and much more.
Take the next step for yourself and your family's future by finding out what veterans' benefits you qualify for, and apply for them today using this book as your guide. Thank you for your service.
How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation: 10 Easy Steps for Reference Letters that Your Employees, Colleagues, Students & Friends Will Appreciate - with Companion CD-ROM
ISBN #: 9781601386120
How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation is your one-stop source for painting the perfect picture in just one short letter. You will learn everything you need to know about writing the perfect letter of recommendation that will get your friend, colleague, or student accepted or hired. The most effective letters of recommendation are accurate, succinct, descriptive, and powerful, and include realistic evaluations of performance and capability. With ideas about how to start your letter and topics to include, this complete guide will teach you how to do just that, as you construct the perfect letter from start to finish.
Outlined in ten easy steps, this complete guide gives you the tools you need to write reference letters that your employees, colleagues, students, and friends will appreciate. This book is filled with tips and tricks for personalizing the letter and making your friend, student, employee, or coworker shine. With a word bank of powerful phrases and descriptive words, you'll have everything you need to make your letter stand out at your fingertips. Sample letters of recommendation are also included, along with explanations of why each one is effective and tips for replicating these letters in just minutes.
You will learn about the different types of recommendation letters, from employment to academic to volunteer, and how to direct your letter to the appropriate audience. You'll even learn what to do if someone you haven't worked with closely asks you to be a reference, or how to deal with being asked for hundreds of recommendations at once. This exhaustively researched book will even teach you how to politely avoid writing letters for those people you aren't quite comfortable recommending. The Companion CD-ROM is filled with templates, examples, word banks, and worksheets, so that you can easily learn to verify experience, confirm competence, build credibility, and bolster confidence with just a simple letter.
A recommendation is more than just a letter; it's often make-or-break in a candidate's application for school, volunteering, or employment. With the step-by-step instructions and writing guidelines in this book, you will learn how to write introductions; opening statements; the body, including a well-written, vivid assessment of character and work ethic; and a strong conclusion. This new book will also teach you how to appropriately sign your letter, and will provide you with tips of re-reading and editing it to make sure you gave an effective recommendation. We spent hundreds of hours interviewing high school teachers, college professors, employers, and more who have nailed the art of composing effective communications. With How to Write Successful Letters of Recommendation, your employees, colleagues, students, and friends will see you as their go-to source to helping them succeed in their next big venture.
The Inventor's Complete Handbook How to Develop, Patent, and Commercialize Your Ideas
ISBN #: 9781620230183