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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

About The Book

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.


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.

About The Author

Robin Ryan is the author of four best-selling books: 60 Seconds & You're Hired!; Winning Resumes; Winning Cover Letters; and 24 Hours to Your Next Job, Raise, or Promotion. Ryan has appeared on over 500 TV and Radio programs including NBC Nightly News. A constant contributor to national magazines and trade publications, she's been featured in Money, Newsweek, Fortune, Business Week, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, Mademoiselle, and Women's World to name a few. She's appeared on the pages of most major newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Herald, and The Chicago Tribune. She is a career columnist for The Seattle Times and has columns appearing on numerous websites including and

Ryan holds a Master's Degree in Counseling and Education from Suffolk University, a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Boston College, and is the former Director of Counseling Services at the University of Washington. Robin Ryan's mission is to help as many people as possible find meaningful work and reach their full potential.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Touchstone (October 15, 2002)
  • Length: 240 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743234108

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