Even though writing a book entails mostly sitting here at my desk with my faithful and beloved black Labrador/Golden retriever mix rescue dog tangled up in my feet, I am hardly alone in this endeavor.
This book in particular—due to the timing, which coincided with my husband’s scary health issues, surgery, and months of recuperation, all beginning during the week I planned to start writing— calls for special thanks.
First, to everyone who helped me when I asked for input, I am grateful. To all of the employers who shared their valuable insights. And to organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management, CareerBuilder, Google, and LinkedIn for your input. I especially appreciate the time Eric Zuckerman, Rob Basso, Dianne Durkin, Alex Churchill, Michael Zwick, Allan Young, and Bill Strauss took to answer my endless questions. And my thanks to Barb King, Trisha Bath, Nick Paddock, and Michelle Sullivan for your stories.
No project would be complete without the expert eyeballs of Randy McNutt, Cheryl Bauer, and Margaret McGurk.
Thank you to my editor, Ellen Kadin, at AMACOM, and my agent, Linda Konner, for believing in the book.