What Color Is Your Parachute? 2002

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  • Copyright: 2001-11-01
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Now in its 32nd year, this is the bestselling job-hunting book in the world. For the 2002 edition, Bolles has rewritten the book in light of the Internet and other current developments in job-hunting and career-changing methods. New features include a card-sort, a list of people's Fields of Fascination, and a rundown on new Internet sites that are helpful to the job-hunter. (Careers)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2002 Edition xi
What Are You Looking For?
The steps in doing a traditional job-hunt, or a really Life-changing job-hunt, successfully
Job-Hunting At Warp Speed
Importance of the Internet in today's job-hunt: where to look for job-postings or places to put your resume
But What If That Doesn't Work?
Statistics about job-hunting, on or off the Internet. Five best and five worst ways to look for a job
How Employers Hunt For Job-Hunters
The traditional job-hunt is weighted in favor of employers: how to overcome this (alternative strategies)
Twenty-Three Tips For A Successful Job-Hunt
Successful job-hunters show what are the secrets of their success
How To Start Your Own Business
Home Businesses: how to choose, how to start, what to do if they aren't succeding. The secret of A - B = C
The Secret To Finding Your Dream Job
What are you in love with? Mirrors, tests, Internet resources to finding your dream job
When You Lose All Track Of Time
What are your favorite transferable skills that you most love to use? How to identity them, in order of priority
The Geography Of The Heart
Where do your passions in life lie? Intuitions and step-by-step process for identifying them
Getting In To Impossible Places
Large and small, how to identify who has the power to hire you, and how to identify helpful contacts
Interviewing Tips For Smarties
How to land the job and what to do if you're never invited back for a second interview
The Seven Secrets Of Salary Negotiation
How to decide how much you need, how to research salaries -- on or off the Internet, secrets of negotiating
EPILOGUE How To Find Your Mission In Life 307(21)
The job-hunt and matters of faith
APPENDIX A The Flower Exercise 328(43)
A step-by-step process for identifying what you'd most love to do. (Takes one weekend.)
APPENDIX B Finding Help: A Sampler 371(22)
When this book isn't enough, and you want a trained, real-life person to guide you through the job-hunt
APPENDIX C How To Choose A Career Coach Or Counselor 393(12)
All that glitters is not gold; how to tell the good from the bad
Index 405


Chapter One

A Hunting

We Will Go

Okay, this is it.

The moment of truth has arrived

For You. It's time

To go out, and look for a job,

Out there in the job-market ,

Which all your friends speak of

In hushed tones, as a battlefield littered with the bodies

Of the unemployed,

Who tried and failed to find a job

Before you.

It's a very strange market, out there,

One area in sunny prosperity,

Another in deep Depression,

As Asian markets crash and burn.

Five million people unemployed now

In the U.S. alone.

So that even in good times

The battlefield is littered with new bodies.

Those just laid off,

Who had worked at one

Place, for years

And thought their jobs

Would always be secure there,

But then got downsized

Without any warning,

In a merger, takeover, makeover,

Or whatever,

Completely beyond their control.

And now You

Laid off, or merely discontent

With your lot in life

Are about to go out there

On that battlefield

And look for work.

You've heard of course

All the horror stories:

You've heard

Of former college profs with two degrees

Working now at the local deli;

Of union workers who went out on strike

Only to find, this time,

Their jobs were not waiting for them,

For no one told them that if they strike

They might strike out

In this new world .

You've heard the stories

Of people pounding the pavements

For weeks and months,

Even in good times,

Without finding anything.

Of college graduates

With shiny degrees

Who cannot find any work

They're trained in.

Of friends who went back to school

To learn the hot trade of the moment, but

Can find no work in that hot trade,

And now are

Unemployed, angry, and depressed.

With `welfare-to-work'



There are inevitably some sad stories

That newspapers love

To run

Of people thrown off welfare

Who can't find any job.

Misery always sells papers,

We read them,

And we are depressed.

For them.

And for ourselves.

Anyway, now it is our turn

To hunt.

And what is it we do,

When our job-hunting time has come?

We procrastinate,

That's what we do.

We're busy winding things up , we say.

Or, just waiting until we feel a little less

`Burnt-out,' and more `up' for the task

Ahead, we say; though actually,

If the truth were known,

We're hoping for a miracle ,

You know the one I mean:

A rescuer, suddenly appearing

On a white horse,

Coming, coming to save us.

We don't know

His name: is it

Our former employer,

Or the government,

Our union,

Our relatives or friends?

We are unclear; we only know

The world owes us

A job.

It shouldn't be up to us

To have to go hunting for it

So hard, ourselves,

Although of course we know

It is precisely up to


So, we make up a glorious resume

-- By ourselves or with some help.

How it sparkles, how it shines,

How quickly it will get us

A job.

And then we post it

On the Internet

Or mail it out

By the hundreds,

By the bushels,

Waiting for that inevitable

E-mail, or call,

From some bright-eyed employer-type

Who, seeing our glorious history,

Has cried out "This is exactly the person

That we have been looking for!"

But there is one small problem: the e-mail

Or the phone call

Never comes.

And we are left to wait

And wait

And wait

While the world goes out of its way,

It seems,

To tell us how little

It cares

Whether we find work,

Or not.

We seek out family and friends' advice,

And the first thing

That they say to us, is,

"Have you gone on the Internet?"

"Have you tried the job-posting sites?"

"Oh, you have? How many hours?"

"Weeks, you say? And ... nothing?"


They search for some of the older ways

To recommend

To you:

"Have you tried employment agencies?"

"Why, no," we say,

So down we go.

Down, down, down

To the ante-room, and all those hopeful

Haunted faces.

Our first bout, here,

With The Dreaded Application Form .

"Previous jobs held.

List in reverse chronological order."

We answer the questions, then we sit

And wait.

The interviewer, at last, calls us in;

She (or he) of the over-cheerful countenance,

Who we know will give us good advice.

"Let's see, Mr. or Ms.,

What kind of a job are you looking for?"

"Well," say we,

"You can see, there, what I've done.

What do you think?"

She studies, again, our application form;

"It seems to me," she says, "that with your background

-- It is a bit unusual --

You might do very well in sales."

"Oh sales," say we. "Yes, sales," says she, "in fact

I think I could place you almost immediately.

We'll be in touch. Is this your phone?

I'll call you tomorrow night, at home."

We nod, and shake her hand, and that

Is the last time we ever hear

From her.

We're reduced to the want ads,

By our miserable plight,

But we are dumbfounded

Right there, at the sight

Of those little boxes

Describing jobs that are built

As little boxes

For the soul.

We call on the employers,

We tell them, of course, that we're job-hunting now,

"And your ad looked just right for me ..." O wow!

Look at that face change, are we in the soup!

As we wait for the heave-ho, the ol' Alley-oop!

"`Over-qualified'? you say?

Two hundred before me

Have been here already,

And you have only five


Of course I understand."

We pound the pavements,

Knocking on doors,

Visiting companies,

Getting rejected

At place after place,

Getting discouraged,

Day after day,

Getting depressed --

How pathetic, this is,

This Neanderthal thing

So cheerfully named,

The Job Hunt.

Weeks drag by,

Months drag by,

And we are reeling

From rejection shock,

And ever we are thinking:

The job-hunt seems the loneliest task in the world.

Is it this difficult for other job-hunters

Or career-changers?

Well, friend, the answer is YES.

Are other people this discouraged,

And desperate and depressed,

And frustrated, and so low in self-esteem after

A spell of job-hunting?

The answer, again -- unhappily -- is




Well, yes, you do have

great big teeth; but, never mind

that. You were great to at least

grant me this interview.

Little Red Riding Hood

Copyright 2000 Richard Nelson Bolles. All rights reserved.

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