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Switchers

How Smart Professionals Change Careers — And Seize Success

Dawn Marie Graham

Just published: Switchers is available for purchase here on the Wharton Digital Press site and at all major book retailer sites in ebook and hardcover formats.

Don’t settle . . . SUCCEED in the right career!

Are you stuck in an unsatisfying job? In the wrong profession? An industry that just isn’t a fit? Get unstuck! Land a new career—one you’re genuinely passionate about.

Switchers helps you realize that dream. Written by celebrated career coach and psychologist Dr. Dawn Graham, the book provides proven strategies that will get you where you want to go. The first step is to recognize that the usual rules and job search tools won’t work for you. Resumes and job boards were designed with traditional applicants in mind. As a career switcher, you have to go beyond the basics, using tactics tailor-made to ensure your candidacy stands out. The book reveals how to:

  • Understand the concerns of hiring managers—and think like they do
  • Craft a resume that catches their attention within six seconds
  • Spotlight transferable skills that companies covet
  • Rebrand yourself—aligning your professional identity with your new aspirations
  • Reach decision-makers by recruiting “ambassadors” from within your network
  • Nail interviews by turning tough questions to your advantage
  • Convince skeptical employers to shelve their assumptions and take a chance on you
  • Negotiate a competitive salary and benefits package—even as a “newbie” to the field

Career changers face unique challenges that demand fresh approaches. Packed with psychological insights, practical exercises, and inspiring success stories, Switchers helps you leap over obstacles and into a whole new field. Want to pull off the most daring—and fulfilling—career move of your life? Read Switchers.

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About the Author

Dawn Marie Graham

Dawn Graham, PhD, LP is the Director of Career Management for The MBA Program for Executives at The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania where she partners in setting strategy and supporting the EMBA students in achieving their career objectives through extensive programing and individual coaching. She also hosts a national, call-in radio show on Sirius XM , Career Talk, and writes regularly for Forbes.  Earlier in her career, Dawn held successful roles at Korn Ferry (formerly Personnel Decisions International), where she moved from providing executive consulting and coaching services to building and implementing the firm’s global talent resource allocation infrastructure, and Arthur Andersen, AT&T Corp and Lee Hecht Harrison, where she gained experience transforming policies and practices, analyzing and nurturing talent, and understanding both companies’ and individual’s career needs. A licensed psychologist, Dawn holds a Ph.D. in Co ... More

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