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  1. Hi Ann,

    I read your blog today for the first time. I have a blog too but no audience. I wrote a book recently about exactly what you, I and so many others are experiencing these days.

    I own an executive search firm in Michigan (the worst hit state by a long shot). In a bad year we would have completed about 14 searches by now. In 2009 we have completed one search. I’ve found that God has a sense of humor. He is making me live out my book. The book is about job loss and recovery but more than that its about how to claim your life back and live a better one.

    I would like to send you a copy. Please email me with your address or PO box and I’ll mail you a copy this week. I have recently found myself looking for something to do. I had to lay off my sister in law who is also a minority owner of my firm. She had been with me for more than 9 years. It was a very hard day for both of us.

    I have taken the tact that I need to remake my business so I restructured my pricing, lowering it significantly but requiring my clients to guarantee my search fee. That way we both win.

    Additionally I am looking for other avenues of income. I am considering all of my options. i have found several avenues of opportunity that I am going to explore this week.

    I hope you will read my book and let me know your thoughts. I have had very good reviews thus far. The book is an interesting look at how we tend to lose our identity and how we are not really what we do. Our jobs are just one small part of who we are.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Best Regards,

    Bill van Steenis
    Holland MI

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