'Finding The Work You Want: Know What You Want' New Resource Guides Job Seekers to Self-Discovery

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Growing numbers of people are actively pursuing jobs but experiencing long periods of unemployment. Many are revisiting their personal world of work and asking, "What do I really want to do next?" A new, easy-to-follow workbook, "Finding the Work You Want: A Practical Guide to Help You Discover Your Values, Skills, and Marketability," helps them answer that question.

Growing numbers of people are actively pursuing jobs but are experiencing long periods of unemployment. The U.S. Department of Labor's January 2009 news release reports the average duration of unemployment at 19.7 weeks. Twenty-three percent of unemployed persons report they have been out of work 27 weeks or longer.

As a consequence of the economic downturn, many people are taking this opportunity to take stock of their working lives. Whether they are currently in the job-search market - by choice or by circumstance - or they see an employment change in the near future, many are revisiting their personal world of work and are now asking, "What do I really want to do next?"

"Because this question can feel too big to tackle, many people hesitate and get stuck as they look for new jobs," says Marty Silberstein, author of Finding the Work You Want: A Practical Guide to Help You Discover Your Values, Skills, and Marketability (Night Owl Companion Publishing). "The key to solving what seems a perplexing puzzle is to first understand your values, skills and preferences and then to evaluate potential workplaces using this yardstick. Greater self-knowledge paired with an understanding of the current marketplace will lead to better-informed decisions and to a higher probability of success." Silberstein, founder of Night Owl Companion Publishing in Oakland, Calif., says that "the new world of work calls for managing your career differently. Self-understanding, flexibility, and continual preparation and reinvestment in yourself mean ongoing marketability."

While self-assessment may feel like a daunting task, it need not be painful. Finding the Work You Want: A Practical Guide to Help You Discover Your Values, Skills, and Marketability leads you through easy-to-follow exercises. Topics include 12 guiding principles that help focus the job search, seven key workplace trends, how to acid-test your marketability, and how to identify and prioritize values, preferences and skill sets. With this accessible workbook you will create a values map and translate those values into workplace requirements. A personal "decision maker" worksheet will help you evaluate prospective job opportunities. "Working wisely" tips are sprinkled throughout. How to take your talent to the marketplace and an excellent resources list complete this timely, practical workbook.

About the Author
Marty Silberstein founded Night Owl Companion Publishing to fill what she recognized as an urgent need for the high-quality practical, timely information, insight and resources for people in transition. Her background in communications, marketing services and HR now blend to serve this deep passion. Night Owl Companion Publishing offers practical, timely resources to help with "the stuff that keeps you up at night." We focus on informed decision-making and self-help in the areas of work, career, personal growth, and other important life topics. Selected titles include Your Work Search Companion: A Toolkit for Finding Your Best Place to Work by Marty Silberstein and Re-entering the Workplace: Seven Questions You Must First Ask and Answer by Beth Witrogen, a double Pulitzer Prize nominee for her writing about family caregiving.

Finding the Work You Want: A Practical Guide to Help You Discover Your Values, Skills, and Marketability (ISBN 978-0-9817294-1-1) 47 pages, 8.5 x 11, January 2009, $19.95, is available through the publisher, Night Owl Companion Publishing. Order online at http://www.NightOwlCompanion.com. Contact Night Owl Companion Publishing, 510-530-5802.

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