Damian Birkel--Founder of Professionals in Transition

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Damian Birkel is the Founder of Professionals In Transition ® Support Group, Inc. (PIT®), a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to assist downsized employees. He is also a Certified Career Counselor.

Professionals In Transition has held over 1,000 free, weekly support group meetings for the unemployed and the under-employed. Nationally recognized for its unique program, PIT has been highlighted in numerous printed and electronic publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Oprah's Oxygen Network, National Public Radio, Parade Magazine, Entrepreneur, Ebony, ABC.com, MSNBC.com and Monster.com.

Having lost a job as a result of downsizing and survived three company reorganizations, Birkel established PIT to create "safe space" where meeting attendees could discuss the issues surrounding unemployment. He has written widely about career topics in numerous publications and is the co-author of Career Bounce-Back!, which has recently been reprinted in a second revised edition. Birkel's book is a direct outgrowth of time spent with Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (a world class expert on death and dying) and Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute (Ten Speed Press).

Career Bounce-Back!, together with the new Career Bounce-Back! Workbook and a new companion video, Surfing the Emotional Wave of Unemployment, is available in our Subscriber's section!

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