Handbook Helps Those Laid Off or Career Transition to "Make Lemonade"

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Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, a Minneapolis-based author and speaker, releases a powerful toolkit to help others laid off or in career transition turn obstacles into opportunities.


The White Box Club Handbook: Simple Tools For Career Transition

Transform negative events into positive learning experiences.

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With the growing number of corporations and small businesses adjusting to changes in a rapidly changing marketplace, more employees are being laid off than ever before. Layoffs and career transitions are major life events for anyone, especially for those who have been given the “white box” treatment—asked to leave their job immediately and without notice.

“After being laid off from a full-time job and given a box to pack up my things,” says Michael Thomas Sunnarborg, author of The White Box Club Handbook: Simple Tools For Career Transition, “I decided to take those lemons and make lemonade.”

For Sunnarborg—a part-time author and transition coach—his lemonade became a handbook filled with poignant stories, powerful exercises, and simple tools designed to give hope and inspiration to anyone laid off, unemployed, or in career transition.

Sunnarborg’s handbook presents refreshing perspectives to help transform potentially negative life events into positive learning experiences. The book guides readers through a three-part transition process including how to know themselves better, clarify their direction, and begin aligning themselves to their ideal career:

Part 1: Awareness. Now What? The focus of part one is the response to a layoff or sudden transition and how to survive and recover from the shock. Sunnarborg takes readers through the realities of sudden life changes and their impacts on emotions, relationships, and finances.

Part 2: Alignment. Get To Know Yourself. Part two focuses on strategies for stepping back, gaining clarity, and coming into alignment with the types of work best suited for the job seeker. Sunnarborg assists readers to focus on their strengths, set a new direction, and activate available resources including training programs and support for creating a killer resume.

Part 3: Activation. Make It Happen! In part three, Sunnarborg brings the reader’s focus to the practical and tactical components of the career search including networking, interviewing, and dealing with challenges along the journey. The reader walks away from the handbook energized, refreshed, and inspired to start creating the career of their dreams.

The White Box Club Handbook gives anyone recovering from a layoff or going through a career transition a toolkit of inspiration paired with thought-provoking questions and simple exercises. Print and digital books are available beginning November 6, 2015, at michaelsunnarborg.com/books, Amazon.com, and other online retailers.

Michael Thomas Sunnarborg is a professional speaker, best-selling author, and life transition coach. You can follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter, and learn about his adventures at michaelsunnarborg.com.

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