Synopses & Reviews
The 40th anniversary edition of the world’s leading job-hunting and career-change guide features time-tested strategies and cutting-edge updates to key exercises, making this the most compelling and helpful Parachute ever.
Career guru Richard N. Bolles has been watching the job market go up and down—and helping job-hunters find their way through it—for four decades. In this anniversary edition of his best-selling guide, Bolles features the best-of-the-best of his advice and uses his hard-earned wisdom to teach job-hunters how to respond to challenging economic times. With tips on navigating social media and using the Internet to job-search more effectively, along with updates to his famed Transferable Skills Inventory and job-field exercises, this edition enables job-searchers and career-changers to clarify their goals and skills more easily, find job openings more quickly, stand out from the pack, and land a dream job.
About the Author
Richard N. Bolles has led the career development field for more than forty years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s in sacred theology from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marci. Visit www.jobhuntersbible.com.
Table of Contents
The 2012 Table of Contents
Preface: The 40th Anniversary Edition of This Book xii
Grammar and Language Note xvi
Chapter 1: How to Find Hope 3
Chapter 2: Survival Skills You Most Need in Today’s World 13
I. Attitudes Necessary for Survival
Chapter 3: The Three Attitudes Necessary for Survival 23
Chapter 4: How to Deal with Handicaps 37
II. Advanced Job-Finding Techniques
Chapter 5: The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Those Job Vacancies That Are Out There 51
Chapter 6: Do I Really Need a Resume? 73
Chapter 7: Networking in This Age of Social Media 91
Chapter 8: Sixteen Tips About Interviewing 115
Chapter 9: The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation 141
III. Advanced Job-Creation Techniques
Chapter 10: Starting Your Own Business 157
Chapter 11: Being Inventive Is Key to Survival 173
Chapter 12: How to Choose a New Career 177
IV. Inventory of What You Have to Offer the World
Chapter 13: Self-Inventory (The Flower Exercise) 189
What skills do you most enjoy using?
Where do you want to use those skills?
How do you find the name of that kind of job (or jobs)?
V. Each One Teach One
Chapter 14: Teaching Survival Job-Hunting to Others 273
The Pink Pages
Appendix A: Finding Your Mission in Life 284
Appendix B: A Guide to Dealing with Unemployment Depression 303
Appendix C: A Guide to Choosing a Career Coach or Counselor 313
Appendix D: Sampler List of Coaches 330
About the Author 350
Update 2012 359
Foreign Editions 360
Additional Helpful Resources from the Author 361