Business books

03:24 PM CST on Wednesday, November 17, 2004

By STEVE POWERS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News

(Reprinted from Sunday's edition of The Dallas Morning News, November 14, 2004)

The Seven Stages of Successful Unemployment

Steven Zipkoff (First Flight Books, $14.95)

At first glance, successful unemployment seems like the most flagrant of oxymorons. Who wants to be successful at unemployment?

Business consultant Steven Zipkoff puts the unlikely phrase to work so well that by the end of the book, the reader will never again think of the phrase as odd.

Mr. Zipkoff's delightful, irreverent book focuses on the seven stages from "Hell to Hallelujah."

He pinpoints them as "Putting Up a Positive Front," "Accepting the Fact," "Developing a Résumé," "Receiving Your Unemployment Benefits," "Creating a Plan," "Making It Happen" and "Hallelujah."

The author delivers nuggets of wisdom in a fun, even playful way. This goes a long way toward dealing with the unpleasant reality of joblessness.

Steve Powers, a freelance writer in Burleson, reviews business books for The Dallas Morning News.


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