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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

  • Get Clear: Who Are YOU?
    We often forget this basic truth. A job is what you do, not who you are. It's easy to get these mixed up. Many of us do. I know I have. We tend to define who we are by what we do, often equating our value as a human being with the money we make, the responsibilities we have, or the results we achieve.
  • 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.
  • Hit Pause! Take a Break from Your Job Search Today
    Yes, that's right. Take today off. No job hunting. No interviews. No follow-up. No chores. No tasks. No worrying. No planning. No fretting. Today is a "Pause Day." A pause day is a day to renew ourselves, and draw an emotional line in the sand between what was and what will be. Today is that day for you.
  • 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.
  • Packing Light for Your Future Career
    Travel season has arrived. My travel goal is always to pack light. But typically that evaporates before I ever leave the driveway. Despite thoughtful planning, I pack more than I need, feeling encumbered and oppressed during the trip. It happens with job-loss, too. We bring too much baggage with us.
  • Changing Your View Changes Everything
    You can wait for perspective, or you can develop it. Like an architect taught to design by looking at something within a narrow context first, and then viewing it from wider and wider angles, we can learn to see our own life situations from different and wider vantage points; we can grow "new eyes," as it were.
  • 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 Recharge Your Week to Recharge Your Job Loss Recovery
    Sometimes it's a struggle to stop the worrying about bills, obligations, and what the future may hold. Sometimes the emotional despair of job loss can cause us to withdraw, reduce our efforts, or keep us stuck. When that happens, it's time to recharge your emotional energy with positive action.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • How to Take Your Power Back
    It's easy to mentally replay the day you lost your job. "It's not personal," they said. But it sure felt personal. The years of company loyalty are of no value now. The things you did for "them," of no importance. Erased. Gone. Eliminated. Like you.
  • 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.
  • Missing Key to Your Future: Trust
    From sophisticated Ponzi schemes to broken promises made by company leaders cashing multimillion dollar bonuses while jobs are slashed, it's hard not to join the cynics, skeptics, and doubters when you're unemployed through no fault of your own. Broken trust can break your spirit, impale your emotional well-being, and scar your heart.
  • Don't Play the When-I-Get-a-New-Job Game
    Operating as if life is on-hold, some people play the "when-game" after job loss: when I get a job, when finances get stronger, when things get back to normal, then, my life will start, again. Then, I'll take care of myself; then things will be fine; then I'll be happy, again.
  • Recapturing Your Work Zest
    How do you regain that sense of enjoyment, gusto, eagerness, enthusiasm, passion, pleasure, and delight about your work? That is, after-all, what work-zest evokes. Regaining your work-zest is a key to regaining your future.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Time for a "Mental Diet"?
    In 1881, the New York YWCA's proposed typing lessons for women brought protests citing, "the female constitution would break down under the strain." How many women believed that and didn't sign up?
  • 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?

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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.