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Job Loss Recovery Expert Nan S. Russell

Nan S. Russell ( left a successful corporate career to pursue a life-dream to work and write from the mountains of northwestern Montana. Today, she is an award-winning author, workplace consultant, national speaker and seminar leader, and host of Work Matters with Nan Russell, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show.

Prior to her move to Montana, Nan spent over twenty years in management holding executive positions in human resources, communication, marketing, and line management.

She was the architect and influence leader of a culture transformation for 10,000 employees. Nan has a B.A. from Stanford University in Psychology and a M.A. from the University of Michigan in Educational Psychology.

Nan learned early that even a Stanford education wouldn’t protect her from job loss. Fired from her first professional position, her career ultimately followed a winding path from minimum wage employee to Vice President of a multi-billion dollar company.

In roles from transforming a corporate culture to heading a new subsidiary, the launch of which was reported in both The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Nan brings real-world perspectives with both a motivational and business context.

Nan’s second book, Hitting Your Stride: Your Work, Your Way, was released in January 2008 by Capital Books, and won a 2009 Axiom Business Book Award. Her first book, Nibble Your Way to Success: 56 Winning Tips for Taking Charge of Your Career, debuted in March, 2007.

She is working on book three: NEXT! Rebooting After Job Loss, which will complement her popular new seminar: Rebooting After Job Loss. Her work insights column, Winning at Working appears in over ninety publications.

Nan is president of MountainWorks Communications LLC, a company she founded in 2006 to support her passion for helping organizations build winning work cultures, and helping people bring the best of who they are to the world, realize their dreams, and live their life’s potential.

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Articles by Nan S. Russell

Job Loss Recovery

  • 4 Things to Know About Your Job Loss
    Look up the unemployment rate on the day you read this. Now reverse that percentage. You've been thinking about how many people are unemployed. Start thinking about how many are employed. And while you do, add these four thoughts to it.
  • 3 Tracks to Accelerate Your Recovery from Job Loss
    Reconnecting with your core, finding your inner strength, and seeing the world anew with enthusiasm may not be on your to-do list after job loss. But they should be.
  • Coming to Terms with Change: Letting Go
    You know the date you became unemployed, got married or divorced, had a child, moved across the country, or lost a loved one. These life occurrences mark significant change. Transition follows change.
  • Reclaiming Career Prosperity
    As you transition from the emotional upheaval of job loss to reclaiming your career prosperity, don't budge from focusing on four needs that will help you reclaim the future you desire.
  • Job Loss Questions for Career Success
    No matter why you've lost your job, it's unlikely your instincts are as fine-tuned as the lobster's. Growth for a lobster is risky. Shell-less and hiding from predators for nearly two months until a new shell is formed, the lobster knows instinctively it must endure this process again and again to survive.


  • Handling Job Loss Worries
    What if the money runs out before I find a good job? What if I have to take a pay cut? What if I have to accept a job I don't like? What if I can't pay my bills and have to file bankruptcy? What if no one hires me? What if I have to change professions? What if … what if … what if?
  • We ALL Need Help Sometimes
    There's something about asking for help that gets many people stuck after job loss. Maybe you don't want to seem foolish. Or stupid. Or dependent. Or needy. Or imperfect. Maybe you think you should know how to maneuver this unfamiliar landscape called "unemployed."
  • How to Get Your Job Search Unstuck
    Almost everyone who works has experienced job loss. If job loss hasn't happened to you yet, count yourself lucky and expect that at some point in time you probably will experience a job loss, too.
  • Re-Start Your Job Search Momentum: Take Positive Action
    Perhaps you're thinking in a few weeks you'll focus once again on job hunting. As long as you have that severance coming in or funds to pull from, what's the rush? It's tempting to take it easy from time to time.
  • 3 Evergreen Keys to Job Loss Recovery
    One thing is clear: twenty-first century success won't be guaranteed by a particular major, a certain profession, a specific job title, or the latest skill. It won't come from discovering the right next job, industry, company, or idea. Those are moving targets.

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Job Loss Recovery Expert Nan S. Russell discovered a Stanford degree didn’t protect her from being fired from her first professional job. From minimum wage to Vice President of a multi-billion dollar company, she learned the hard way. Now she helps others with what does and doesn’t work at work. The author of three career books including, The Titleless Leader, Hitting Your Stride, and Nibble Your Way to Success, Nan is a national speaker and work issues consultant. More at; and her job loss seminar: Rebooting After Job Loss.