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Stephen on “The Career Success Radio Show”

In media, radio on April 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm


Stephen Viscusi is interviewed by cohosts Carrie & Andy Robinson on the Career Success radio show.

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What to Do When You Lose Your Job

In article, media, newspaper on March 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm

picture-2The economic news gets worse by the day. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national unemployment rate surged to 8.1 percent in February, its highest in 25 years, with 651,000 jobs lost last month.

Financial industry workers have been hit hardest by the recession. But in recent weeks, there have been waves of layoffs at companies like I.B.M., where workers once seemed safe from the economic storm.

In this sinking economy, what should you be prepared to do if you lose your job?


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In the News: The New Yorker

In announcement, magazine, media on February 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm


I was recently mentioned in the New Yorker regarding my offering to recently laid off Harper Collins employees.

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Bulletproof Job Man Reaches Out to Harper’s Fallen

In announcement, media, news on February 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm


Collins Business published Stephen Viscusi‘s Bulletproof Your Job last fall, and he says he’s grateful to the imprint—everyone at the company, really—for making it a success. That’s why he’s offering any former HarperCollins employees who were caught up in yesterday’s layoffs a 50 percent discount for his resumé consulting services at

“I suspect some of the temporarily surviving HarperCollins executives still left may have taken pages right out of Bulletproof Your Job to keep their own jobs,” Viscusi emailed us last night, “because the HC scenario played out as I describe in my book. My strategy explains how more junior executives were kept—and moved up the ladder while the bosses get the ax… Some people at HC read the book, others may not have. Either way, they are a case study for their own product.”

The “unprecedented discount” for the former HarperCollins employees (who are “like family to me,” Viscusi observed) covers the creation of a new resumé as well as a personal consultation with Viscusi himself.

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Better TV: Bulletproof Your Job

In advice, interview, media, tv on February 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm

How to Bounce Back After Being Laid Off

In advice, article, media, tv on February 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm


Michael Raynor worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for 21 years. In late October, the 45-year-old father of two from Howell, N.J., was laid off.
Experts, and people who’ve been there, say you must confront one emotion: fear.

“When it first happens, you just freeze and it’s just so hard to think,” he said. “You’re pretty much just spinning in circles at the very beginning. You don’t know which way to turn.”

It took Raynor four days to tell his wife, Roseanne, then a stay at home mom, that his last paycheck was in the mail.

“When I came home and saw my kids and wife they were choked up that I lost my job and you just do whatever it takes,” Raynor said. “I don’t care where I work or what I’m doing — I have three people who count on me.”

ABC News followed the Raynors as Michael went to career counseling, got retrained and applied for 30 jobs. At first, he didn’t get a single call back.

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7 Ways to Recession-Proof Your Career

In advice, article, interview, media, news on January 28, 2009 at 7:10 am


As the economy sinks further into a recession — one that the Federal Reserve has now indicated will be longer and deeper than previously thought — job security for most Americans has quickly evaporated.

According to minutes from the Fed’s December meeting released Tuesday, the unemployment rate is expected to rise significantly into 2010, to a level higher than the 6.5% to 7.3% range the agency projected at its October meeting.

The unemployment rate, which hit 6.7% in November, is already at its highest in 25 years. Gus Faucher, director of macroeconomics at Moody’s, expects it to peak at more than 9% in the first half of 2010 — a jump that would be similar in severity to that during the double-dip recession in the early 1980s (see table). “Businesses are certainly going to be cutting back,” Faucher says.

Unemployment Rates Through the Years

At 6.7%, November’s unemployment rate is still nowhere near its peak of 10.8% in late 1982,
but economists predict it could get there by the first half of 2010.

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WJR Interview with Paul W. Smith

In interview, media, radio on January 26, 2009 at 10:44 pm


Check out my recent radio interview on WJR.  In it I talk with host Paul Smith about the major points within my book.

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What’s Worrying You: CBS 2 Follows Up Stephen Viscusi

In advice, media, news, tv on January 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Finding a job is what’s worrying many of our viewers this new year, who have been responding to our calls to tell us what their concerns are with the economy in 2009.

On Tuesday, CBS 2 introduced Anderson to Stephen Viscusi, the author of “Bulletproof Your Job.”

“Just talking to Stephen, I realized, yes, I was really not sending the right message. I think I was not detailed enough,” she told CBS 2.

Viscusi re-did Anderson’s resume, expanding her objective to include her specialty for healthy cooking, and adding a lot more details about her former clients such as their ages and medical conditions. He asked her to change the long message on her phone, so it’s more professional.

“So when they call you they can feel like they’re getting you, and they’re going to feel comfortable with who you are and what you’re about, and that you’re easy to reach,” he said.

Anderson had primarily used Craig’s List to look for jobs, but Viscusi is putting her resume up on half a dozen career sites, and coached her on interviewing skills, such as always giving a firm handshake, asking for the job, and offering to try the job for a trial period.”If it’s between Sonia and

XYZ candidate, and Sonia says to me, ‘I’m more than willing to try this job for 90 days,’ and she can prove herself in that time, statistically most people who offer that, not only do they land the job they land a permanent job as well,” he said.

Anderson walked out feeling good about her meeting with Viscusi.

“I am very, very good, very optimistic, I just know that something good is going to happen,” she said.

And Viscusi said Anderson’s positive attitude is key.

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The Brad Brooks Show

In announcement, interview, media, radio on January 11, 2009 at 7:03 am


Check out my interview with Brad Brooks.  We answer the question of, “How do you succeed at work and ensure that your job is ‘safe’?”  We also discuss things like “developing a Viagra handshake” and how to find out if your company is for sale. Does your boss tell you that there are no office politics?

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