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Job Loss Recovery Expert Nan S. Russell

Nan S. Russell

Nan S. Russell ( left the east coast corporate world to pursue her dream to launch a second-act career working and writing from the Rocky Mountains, first from northwestern Montana, where she wrote four books including: Hitting Your Stride, Trust, Inc., and The Titleless Leader. Her fifth book, It’s Not About Time, was written while relocating to the Front Range region of Colorado to be closer to family.

Today, Nan is an award-winning author, workplace consultant, national speaker, Winning at Working columnist, and former host of Work Matters with Nan Russell, a nationally syndicated radio show.

Previously, Nan’s first-act career included more than 20 years in management where she held 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 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.

During the Great Recession, she wrote NEXT! Rebooting After Job Loss, which was used as foundational materials for “Rebooting After Job Loss,” a seminar she designed and taught during that time. As a result of the 2020 Pandemic and the associated job loss, Nan is currently working on, Moving Through Job Loss: 30 Days of Reflections and Tips for Tapping Your Resilience. That download will be available first to subscribers of her Winning at Working eNewletter; sign up on her website.

Currently, 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. She is also working toward a next dream: a third-act career as a mystery writer.

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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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