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Finding a Job . . .It was the best of times,
It was the worst of times,
It was the age of wisdom,
It was the age of foolishness,
It was the epoch of belief,
It was the epoch of incredulity,
It was the season of light,
It was the season of darkness,
It was the spring of hope,
It was the winter of despair,
We had everything before us,
We had nothing before us,
We were all going direct to heaven,
We were all going direct the other way . . .
A Tale of Two Cities
1. Finding a Job . . . Even in Hard Times: Rejection Shock
Charles Dickens had it right. For some of us, this is the worst of times. Our house has been foreclosed, or seen its value drop dramatically. Fuel costs are killing us. Rice is scarce, and getting scarcer. Food prices are soaring. Businesses are folding. Companies are cutting their work force dramatically. Millions are out of work.
But there are others who are barely touched by any of this. They cannot understand what we are going through. At least 138,000,000 people still have jobs, in the U.S. Some of them, well-paying jobs. They are well off, and in some cases, have money to burn. For them, this is the best of times. They cannot understand our pain.
But we, when we are out of work, go looking for another job; but we, when we are finding it difficult to feed our families, go looking for a better-paying job. And that is when we run into the nature of the job-market, and the nature of the job-hunt. It isnt as easy as we thought it was going to be.
Tom Jackson has well characterized the nature of the job-hunt as one long process of rejection. In job-interview after job-interview, what some of us hear the employer say is:
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO YES.
Before we get to that final YES-or if we are lucky, two YESES, so that we have a choice-before we get there, the job-hunt is nothing but one long process of rejection. And we, so unprepared for this, go into a kind of Rejection Shock.
Naturally, we have questions.
I just lost my job. How many others are in the same predicament?
Well, youve got lots of company. As of June 2009, the number of people out of work totaled at least 14,500,000 individuals. And thats a government figure. In the U.S. there are always many more people out of work than the government will ever admit-regardless of which party is in power.
Will I need a computer and Internet access, to go about my job-hunt in this twenty-first century?
Its not mandatory, and if you dont have a computer, there are non-Internet job-hunting resources, of course. For example, if because you lack a computer you cant access Job-Postings by employers on the Internet, you can always look at the Help Wanted Ads in your local newspaper, especially the Sunday edition.
There are also regional papers devoted to nothing but job openings, such as JobDig, which, at this writing, publishes fourteen local weekly newspapers in twelve states, mostly midwestern (from Minnesota down to Texas). A subscription for thirteen weeks costs job-hunters $65. Call 877-456-2344 to see whether or not theres a local paper covering your part of the country.
According to the latest figures, however, at least 74.7 percent of Americans use the Internet, which adds up to 227 million users. Others, of course, usually have a friend who can go on the Internet for them.
Moreover, if you know how to use a computer but just dont happen to own one at the moment, many public libraries as well as Internet cafés can let you use their computer for a fee. (To locate the Internet café nearest you, have a friend use his or her computer, to input your zip code into the comprehensive directory found at www.cybercaptive.com.)
In view of this virtual omnipresence of the computer in our culture now that we are firmly in the twenty-first century, I have freely listed job-hunting resources that are found only on the Internet throughout the rest of this guide.
What are the most helpful job sites on the Web?
For overall free guides to the entire job-hunt process, in addition to my own website, www.jobhuntersbible.com, there are seven sites you will find are the most comprehensive and helpful:
1. www.job-hunt.org, run by Susan Joyce.
2. www.jobstar.org, run by Mary Ellen Mort.
3. www.rileyguide.com, run by Margaret F. Dikel.
4. www.quintcareers.com, run by Dr. Randall Hansen.
5. www.cacareerzone.org, run by the California Career Resource Network. Once you are on the home page, it gives you a choice between running the site under Text, Graphic, or Flash. Choose Graphic.
6. www.asktheheadhunter.com, run by Nick Corcodilos.
7. www.indeed.com, run by a privately held company founded by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, with the New York Times Company among its shareholders. This is the answer to a job-hunters prayer. There are lots of job-boards out there, thousands in fact; these, if you dont know, are websites that list employers job-postings, i.e., vacancies. Such postings are also to be found on employers own company or organization sites. Want to look through every one of them? No, you dont. What you want is something that sweeps through all of them for you, and summarizes what it finds-in just one place. What you need is a site such as Indeed (URL above). It is the most comprehensive job search service on the Web, as it plucks job listings from thousands of company websites, job boards, newspapers, and associations. It has a UK site, whose URL, not surprisingly, is www.indeed.co.uk.
My picture of the job-hunt during this computer age, is that you call up a search engine, like Indeed, and input the job-title youre looking for, and the geographical area youd prefer, and by the next morning or within a few days at most, youre told there is a match. A match between your experience and skills, on the one hand, and what some employer is looking for, on the other hand, with a vacancy theyre trying to fill.
Ah, youre exactly right. Thats how it works, these days. There are thousands of testimonials from job-hunters who have used the Internet successfully, to find a match, and thence a job. But this job-matching doesnt work for every job-hunter. In fact, it doesnt work for the vast majority of job-hunters.
Well, job-matching works by using job-titles, and job-titles are, generally speaking, a big problem for the Internet. Well, not a big problem when youre looking for a job that has a simple title, such as administrative assistant, or gardener, or nurse, or driver, or waitress, or mechanic, or salesperson. Any of these should turn up a lot of matches.
But, you may be looking for a job that various employers call by differing titles, and thats an entirely different ballgame. If you guess wrongly what they call the job youre looking for, then you and those employers will be like two ships passing in the night, on the Internet high seas. Your faithful, hardworking computer will report back to you in the morning: No matches, when in fact there actually are. You just didnt guess correctly what title those employers are using. Oops!
Another problem: you may be looking for a job-title that essentially has disappeared from the workforce. Over the centuries, our economy has moved from one largely based on agriculture, to one largely based on manufacturing, to one largely based on information and services. As each transition has occurred, certain job-titles have essentially disappeared from the workforce, and in large numbers. Oh, theyre still around, but in such small numbers that no one tells the Internet. Blacksmith is one example that comes to mind. There are blacksmiths, still; I happen to know of one of them. But I wouldnt count on the Internet turning up many matches, if any, with this title. The same fate generally awaits job-titles with the old words assembly line and manufacturing in them. As Senator John McCain truthfully told Michigan voters back in 2008, Those jobs arent coming back.
Finally, job-titles are a problem for an Internet search because a particular search program on the Internet may depend completely on beginning with a prepared list of job-titles that you are required to choose from, and in the interests of space and speed their menu may only offer you a choice between two dozen or so job-titles, which does not come even close to mentioning all the possibilities; i.e., the 20,000 job-titles that are out there in the workforce-including, of course, the one that you are searching for, in particular.
So sure, Internet job-matching works. Sometimes. Beautifully. You must try it, using Indeed, or a general search engine such as Google, or Metacrawler. Input anything or everything you can think of to describe what you are looking for.
But know ahead of time that you cant count on it necessarily working for You. In the end, its a big, fat gamble. And not at all the sure thing that so-called experts would have you think it is.
So, how many job-hunters who try to find a match, fail to find a match, on the Internet?
There are various answers to that question. Take your pick: (1) Lots and lots. (2) 90 percent, studies say. (3) ? Big question mark. Studies are notoriously unreliable, so-in the end-we dont really know. Were just left with lots and lots.
So, if you conclude that Internet job-matching is a big, fat gamble, thats all you really need to know.
Oh, and one more thing. Know this: it doesnt mean theres anything wrong with you, if the Internet cant match you with a job. The problem is the system itself.
Well then, given all this, how long should I expect to be out of work?
This varies, hugely, due to a number of variables: what kind of work youre looking for, what part of the country you live in, the state of the industry, how old you are or how young you are, and-above all else-how youre going about your job-hunt.
But you need to be prepared for the fact that your job-hunt might last nineteen weeks or more. In fact, as of the date I am writing (June 17, 2009), 3,900,000 people in the U.S. had been looking for work for twenty-seven weeks or more. Its possible that youll find work sooner; but youve got to be prepared for the fact that you may not.
Okay, if theres a chance that my job-hunt may take much longer than I expected, whats the first thing I should do?
Sleep. Catch up on your sleep. Youre kidding. No, Im not. Overall, you would be wise to think of your job-hunt as an endurance contest, analogous to running a marathon. Especially if it does last nineteen weeks or longer. You need to start training, before you run this endurance contest.
Experience teaches us that you should begin by drawing down your sleep deficit.Youve probably got one. Chances are, that up until recently youve been working long hours, trying desperately to survive, so now your body and your brain are at the point of exhaustion, without you even noticing.
The last thing you want to do, is to launch yourself into a long job-hunt when youre this tired. So, let it be your first goal to catch up on your sleep, in order that your body and mind can be working at optimum condition as you set out on your job-hunt. You will think more clearly, and make better decisions, if youre not so tired. For guidance about how much and how long, see www.medicinenet.com/sleep/article.htm.
But I havent time to catch up on my sleep. Yes, you do. Youve probably got nineteen weeks ahead of you. Relax. Start sensibly. Begin by catching up.
Many of us are also helped by a fifteen- to thirty-minute nap during midday, after lunch. It helps keep stress down. I had an aunt who started taking naps at the age of thirty-two, and lived til she was ninety-seven. Maybe we humans werent made to go from wake-up until bedtime, all on one big gulp of sleep. Break the sixteen hours in half. There is wisdom to be learned from countries that have siestas. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siesta.
Exercise. The tendency, after youve unexpectedly lost your job, is to curl up in a little ball, assume the fetal position, and turn the electric-blanket up to 9. But job-hunting requires that you get out there. So, begin a regular regimen of daily walking, starting now, even if its only down to the main road, and back, at first. You can increase the distance, after youve increased your stamina a bit.
Water. And, while youre at it, I know you have enough sense to watch your diet while youre out of work. Eating your way out of feeling low is a real temptation; but putting on, oh, say, one hundred more pounds wont make you look so hot when it comes to the job interview. Thats pretty obvious. Not so obvious is your bodys need for water. Not fluids, like coffee, tea, or cola, but actual water. A lot of things can go wrong with the human body if it gets dehydrated without your even noticing. Believe me, you do not want to be sick while youre job-hunting. If you want to get more guidance about this, see www.watercure.com/faq.html.
Possibly nineteen weeks or more is very bad news for me. Im in a precarious state financially, right now. Where can I go for help with my expenses during my job-hunt?
Unemployment insurance. You probably know all this, but just in case you dont: these are cash benefits that run for a certain number of months while you are unemployed, and are available in the U.S. from your state government, if you regularly report in to them, on how your job-hunt is going. To learn how to apply, go to your computer (or to a computer at your local library, if you dont personally own one) and type the following two pieces of information into your Internet browser (such as Google or Metacrawler): the name of your state, plus the words unemployment insurance benefits. Once on site, look for the words unemployment benefits. Or, go to: www.rileyguide .com/claims.html. Free.
(Naturally, greed being what it is, you will find some enterprising souls have put up websites promising that for a fee they will help you file for unemployment benefits. You picture someone sitting down beside you, and helping you fill out the application form, line by line. And maybe showing you the secret of collecting some big bucks. Right? Unfortunately, their help is just a booklet, for which theyll charge you around ten bucks, irrevocably [We do not refund payment for any . . . reason]-after they first get you to cough up all your personal information. [On the pretext of tailoring their program to your special needs!] All they will then do is send or let you download that booklet [their program] telling you how to go file, yourself.
Oh, please!! You can get the same information, and better, costing you absolutely nothing, by just using your Internet browser, as I described above.)
Food stamps. To see if you are eligible for help go to: www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/applicant_recipients/10steps.htm. This is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is titled: 10 Steps to Help You Fill Your Grocery Bag Through the Food Stamp Program: Learn If You or Someone You Know Might Be Eligible for Food Stamps.
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I was let go from the special sales department of Morrow in a reorganization. I was only out of work for a few weeks but during that time I went to the local branch of the public library every day with my brand new copy of What color is your parachute. I diligently worked my way through the book. Photocopying the work sheets. Filling in the petals of my flowers, listing my priorities. Discovering what I was accomplished at, my past successes. It was hard not to spend that time working the phone, having lunches. It was hard when my husband would come home from work and ask what did you do today. Somehow I knew that following this guide was important. When I was offered a job, I referred back to what I had written, yes, I like to work with women, yes, it was a short commute, yes, the new job was about children's books. Although the new job didn't hit all the points I was confident that it was a good fit. A year later more than one person suggested that I might be happy as a children's librarian. As I considered this radical life change- public service, graduate school, the unknown, I perused my notebook. This time the new job and my priorities matched perfectly. Working for a non-profit, working with women and children, short commute, life-long learning, independent projects, working with a team, opportunity to grow, no two days alike, working with the public, children's books. Whoa. It is 15 years later and I am still a children's librarian. I can say I owe my fabulous job as a children's librarian in a lab school for pre-k to 8th grade, that I teach graduate students children's literature, that I write about children's books for national magazines, that I haveserved on the Newbery Committee and Notable Children's Books, I owe it all to those days spent in that old Carnegie Library laboriously filling in the blanks, trusting that something would come of those hours of reflection and examination. Yes, What Color Is Your Parachute changed my life.
–Lisa Von Drasek
What Color Is Your Parachute?
has been the bestselling job-search book in the world for more than three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists, from New York Times
. It has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages around the world. What Color Is Your Parachute?
is streamlined this year to help those struggling to find part-time and full-time employment in these hard economic times acquire the job-search tools they need faster and more efficiently. This classic job-search book is, as always, updated and relevant to today’s job market.
Career guru Richard N. Bolles leads job-searchers to find meaningful employment. He asks, WHAT skills do you most love to use? Where—in what field—would you most love to use them? And how do you search for such a job without depending on employment agencies and ads? This book is not only about finding a job in hard times. It’s about finding your passion. In the words of Fortune magazine: “What Color Is Your Parachute? remains the gold standard of career guides.”
This New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller answers such questions as:
• I was just laid off from my current job. What do I do first?
• What are the most helpful job sites on the Internet, out of the thousands that are there?
• What are the five best–and worst–ways to hunt for a job?
• I haven’t a clue how to do salary negotiation. Help!
• In general, what are employers looking for?
• What interview questions can I expect to be asked, and how do I answer them?
• I’m over 50. What special problems do I face when I go job-hunting?
• How do I survive financially while I’m out of work, and how do I find health insurance when I have no employer?
[This is the trade paperback edition.]
About the Author
RICHARD N. BOLLES has been a leader in the career development field for more than thirty-five years. He was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelors degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University and a masters in sacred theology from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marci.
Table of Contents
Preface: In This Internet Age, Why Do Job-Hunters Still Want a Printed Book? x
In Gratitude xv
A Grammar Note xix
Finding a Job . . .
1 There Are Always Jobs Out There 3
2 Where Do I Go from Here with My Life? 15
3 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For:The Five Best Ways to Look for a Job 31
4 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For:How to Deal with Handicaps 57
5 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For:Resumes and Contacts 71
6 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For:Interviews 93
7 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For:Salary Negotiation 121
8 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For: How to Choose a New Career When You Must 137
9 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For: How to Start Your Own Business 147
10 Once You Know Exactly What You Are Looking For: Entering the World of 50+ 167
Finding a Life . . .
11 The Flower Exercise: The Parachute Workbook 179
WHAT Do You Most Want to Do? WHERE Do You Most Want to Do It? HOW Do You Find Your Ideal Job?
Appendix A: Finding Your Mission in Life 269
Appendix B: A Guide to Choosing a Career Coach or Counselor 288
Appendix C: Sampler List of Coaches 304
About the Author 327