Next Step Partners is proud to announce the second edition of our highly acclaimed Career Handbook for Working Professionals. This comprehensive guide walks experienced professionals, executives, and other leaders through everything they need to navigate a successful career transition in the current market.
Head of HR | Financial Services Company Initially developed to support our own Career Transition coaching engagements, the Career Handbook has become standard-issue at a variety of top MBA programs for their alumni and executive programs, including Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, the Haas School of Business and the Wharton School.
What’s New in the Second Edition
Inspired by our work in our Career Transition practice with thousands of professionals from all sectors across the U.S. and abroad, the new edition of the Career Handbook offers more than 190 pages of exercises and detailed guidance to help professionals chart a better path for themselves.
It includes sample resumes, cover letters, interview questions, negotiation strategies and other content based on almost 15 years of Next Step Partners’ experience delivering Career Transition coaching to professionals, ranging from managers to C-level executives.
This new edition includes updates that address recent changes that impact the job search, including the role of social media and new standards for resumes, cover letters, networking and compensation negotiation.
A Different Kind of Career Handbook
Three things set The Career Handbook apart from other career books:
- It is written with experienced professionals, executives, and other leaders in mind.
- It incorporates tools developed from experience working with thousands of professionals who Next Step Partners has helped to successfully navigate a career transition.
- It is a comprehensive handbook with exercises and detailed guidance that can be used in conjunction with coaching or in a self-directed search. It leads readers through the entire career transition process step-by-step from start to finish.
Our intention is to make career transition a more productive and rewarding experience, whether individuals are looking to change careers or are seeking a new position in their current field.
The Career Handbook details the four main phases of the job search process and covers the following topics:
Career Transition Roadmap
- Seven types of career transitions (e.g. professionals pursuing entrepreneurial paths, career changers, working professionals seeking the next step, second-act careers, career re-entry, etc.) and practical tips for each
- Working with and selecting a coach
- Maintaining motivation and momentum
- Time management, goal setting and accountability
- Creating a personal brand
- Developing a positioning statement
- Defining and clarifying core values
- Creating a professional and personal vision
- Defining and communicating competencies
- Using assessment tools
Career Exploration and Networking
- Building relationships
- Assessing your network
- Creating a networking plan
- Using positioning statements effectively
- Making requests
- Securing introductions
- Informational interview preparation
Job Search Execution
- Cover letter guidelines and examples
- Resume guidelines and examples
- Developing a career transition marketing plan
- Using LinkedIn and other social media in the job search
- Working with executive recruiters
- Exit statements
- Interview preparation and sample questions
- Guidelines for phone and video interviews
- Common interview challenges (e.g. salary questions, rambling, not having specific required experience) and practical solutions
- Interview follow-up and thank you notes
- Maximizing job search productivity and getting unstuck
- Managing references
- Managing timing of offers
- Evaluating offers
- Negotiation, including equity compensation, signing bonuses, relocation packages and severance
Get the Book Now
Available now in both print and interactive digital formats, the newly updated Career Handbook for Working Professionals can be purchased directly on our website. We offer bulk discounts for orders of 100+, 200+ and 500+.GET YOUR CAREER TRANSITION WORKBOOK NOW
Career Transition Experts
Next Step Partners has a longstanding Career Transition practice that provides individual coaching to an organization’s departing employees. We began this work in the Bay Area during the wake of the dot com crash in 2002 when the market was flooded with accomplished, highly educated professionals unsure where to take their careers next and how to negotiate the job search. Since then, we’ve helped thousands of professionals to secure fulfilling career opportunities.
Unlike traditional outplacement that focuses on impersonal group and web-based programs, Next Step Partners’ Career Transition programs are high-touch and customized to each person’s needs. Our expert coaches offer structure, skills, as well as partnership and support to help departing employees define, pursue, and secure their next job.
Career Transition Coaching
The career transition process, like any other life change, can be overwhelming, scary, challenging, and exciting. One moment we feel lost, and the next we are inspired by what seem like boundless opportunities that lie before us. Securing a truly fulfilling position requires profound personal clarity, an easy-to-execute job search structure, a host of skills such as interviewing and networking that are specific to a job search and steady motivation. This process is difficult and stressful for even the most accomplished people to manage on their own.
Working with a Next Step Partners coach helps people to articulate their goals and map out the milestones toward achieving these goals, no matter how high they may be. In mapping out these milestones, we help the individual determine the actions required to achieve results and hold them accountable. Our coaches also assist in clarifying and helping to overcome any obstacles (both real and perceived) to reaching one’s goals.
Organizations that offer Career Transition coaching to their departing employees build valuable goodwill, as recipients move on to new fulfilling opportunities with new career-building skills and a greater sense of optimism about their future.
Former CEO | Global Healthcare Company
Interested in Career Transition programs for your organization? Reach out and let’s discuss how we can help.