Sunday 7 August 2016

Book ~ "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers" (2016) Richard N. Bolles

From Goodreads ~ In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is needed more than ever. 

Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work - and which don't. 

This revised and updated edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job. 

Since the so-called recession of 2008, things have changed.  What used to work in job hunting doesn't work anymore.  The length of the average job hunt has increased, the length of time the average job lasts has decreased, the way jobs are done is changing, and not surprising that job hunting has move more and more online.

The contents of this book include:
  1. It's a whole new world for job-hunters
  2. Google is your new résumé
  3. There are over ten million vacancies each month
  4. Sixteen tips about interviewing for a job
  5. The six secrets of salary negotiations
  6. What do to do when your job hunt just isn't working
  7. Self-inventory, part 1
  8. Self-inventory, part 2
  9. You get to choose where you work
  10. How do deal with any handicaps you have
  11. The five ways to choose/change careers
  12. How to start your own business

In the appendices:
  1. Finding your mission in life
  2. A guide to dealing with your feelings while out of work
  3. A guide to choosing a career coach or counselor
  4. Sampler list of coaches

This book is a handy reference if you are out of work, trying to find a new career, trying to figure out what you want to do next, thinking about starting your own business and more.  There is lot of advice, procedures, quizzes, and websites to guide you.

One thing I found odd was the appendix about finding your mission and the heavy emphasis on God and religion.  The author is a Christian and that's fine but I didn't think expressing his religious beliefs was appropriate so I skipped this chapter.

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