Summary of Career Comeback

Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want

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Career Comeback book summary
This practical but amusing job-hunting guide offers age-specific suggestions to older women.


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6 Innovation

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Lisa Johnson Mandell, an entertainment journalist, has been there: an underemployed, 40-something woman looking for work in a tough industry, Hollywood’s media market. Armed with that experience and a journalist’s sensibility for snappy writing, she offers a surprisingly useful, if not fully original, book on resurrecting or reinventing your career. By defining “an older woman” in the workplace as beyond 40, Mandell may be focusing on too young an audience for her aging-in-the-workforce advice, but her book is engaging and easy to read. Its handy lists cover everything from updating your wardrobe to learning about today’s youth culture to interviewing like a pro. Suggestions for rolling back the years on your résumé rank at the top of the usefulness list. Mandell offers sensible pointers for establishing your brand and promoting yourself online. Her suggestions to sample youth culture, with an ultracaffeinated Red Bull drink or a round of the Halo video game, probably won’t send you directly to the CEO’s chair, but they might be fun. (Plus, that shot of caffeine might help you update your résumé in 15 minutes flat. Just proofread it later.) getAbstract thinks older women who want to return to the workforce will get a valuable shot of energy from this book. Especially when combined with a Red Bull.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to prepare mentally for a career comeback
  • What to do to look and feel younger to market yourself to employers
  • How to roll back the clock on your résumé
  • How to impress interviewers as an ageless asset to their company


Taking Stock
Start your journey to a better job by asking why you don’t have the career you want. Be honest. This is the time for soul-searching about where you’ve been and where you want to be, careerwise and personally. Then realize what you do have: abundant experience, a valuable commodity...
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About the Author

Lisa Johnson Mandell, an entertainment reporter and film critic, also wrote Become Your Own Matchmaker and the tongue-in-cheek How to Snare a Millionaire. Since her career comeback, she has been featured on major network and cable news programs and has become a lead career blogger for AOL. She now hosts This Week in Books.

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