Job searching is hard, period. But Richard N. Bolles is trying to make that search just a little easier.
Last year’s edition, entitled, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers, is a practical and reliable guide for the job hunter. In the book, Mr. Bolles talks about everything from resumes to cover letters to figuring out your ideal job and helping those who are changing their careers midway through adulthood.
I initially read this book in 2014, when I needed comfort during the job hunting process. I re-read the book because I will be out of work as of one week from today and I needed that same comfort. In the last four years, the book has not changed (with the exception of references that were not available 5 years ago). What I really appreciated about this book is that it both challenges the reader and provides support during a difficult time in their professional and personal lives.
I recommend it.
Looking for a job is like aiming an arrow at a target.
The bulls-eye is the perfect job, whatever each of us defines as the perfect job. The reality of the job search is that 70-80% of the arrows will never reach the target, with only 5-10% actually getting somewhere close to the bulls-eye.
A good job is not just a paycheck or the reason many of us get up at the crack of dawn five days a week. It is a reason to feel like we have accomplished something. When I am unemployed, I feel useless. It’s a feeling that I hate.
One of the things I have been wrestling with this job search is learning to trust my gut. I sometimes don’t know if the feelings I am having is just anxiety or the my gut telling me that the job I am looking at is completely wrong for me.
I’ve made that mistake in the past, ignoring my gut about a job that was the wrong fit. It just sometimes feels like I should take any job, even with this nagging feeling, just to have a job.
All I want is a job. A job that pays me well and that I will be happy at for a very long time.
Is that too much to ask?