What color is your parachute? – A summary of the book

The best-selling job seekers bible for decades, this

indispensable resource is a comprehensive manual for people

who are on a quest to find their mission in life, or in

at least, the next good job that will put food in the

table. If you are a recent graduate, have never finished a degree, or are looking for your deeper calling after many years of work, this is the book for you. You may need a temporary job, but the book strongly suggests a major one that will change your life!

There are two types of job searches: the traditional and the

the change of life The former requires the usual employer-matched resume formula. The latter begins with a weekend of honest soul-searching and really deep thinking. The real life changing job search can take much longer. You must have adequate reserves of energy and determination to undertake this hunt. But the result of the long search is well worth it. Because? Because the search for your “dream job” is really the search for your true happiness… and you have every right to search for it.


What are you looking for?

You may choose to begin a life-changing job search for

the following reasons: you are suffering from burnout, you want to get your career back on track, or you may want to earn more money. However, the best reason is when you are looking for your mission in life.

The advantage of doing the life-changing job search is obvious: it makes you rethink your goals, really think about what you want to achieve in this life, and it’s all about getting in touch with who you really are. It requires time, effort and a lot of deep thought.

looking for a job

1. Write your resume well. There are several resume writing resources listed in the book for your easy reference. You can also ask for help from your friends who are known for writing excellent resumes.

2. Your resume should be a summary of relevant job accomplishments, citing the tasks for which you were responsible

Well, what obstacle did you have to overcome and what did you do?

to solve the problem and what are the results of your actions

translated in terms of benefits, etc.

3. Go where employers go: http://www.monster.com,

http://www.hotjobs.com, http://www.flipdog.com and http://www.eurojobs.com

these are just a few sample sites you might want to check out.

4. There are other ways to find work besides the Internet. Use your contacts. Study the phone book or look in your neighborhood. It is always better to have a good friend or colleague recommend you to an employer.

How Employers Find Job SeekersEmployers like it when you:

1. Find your job ad on the Internet or on your website.

2. Email your resume right away.

3. Mail a professionally designed paper copy to the employer’s mailing address the same day.

4. Make a follow-up phone call within the week to see if both copies were received and to request an appointment for an interview.

5. If you are interviewed, send a thank you note immediately after the interview.

23 tips for a successful job search

1. Nobody owes you a job. You have to go out and find it.

2. Your success is directly proportional to your effort.

3. Be willing to change your strategy.

4. Ask successful job seekers what they did.

5. Treat your job search like a full-time job.

6. Remember that the shortest job search still lasts between two and eighteen weeks.

7. Persistence is the name of the game.

8. You won’t find exactly the same job you had before, so redefine yourself.

9. Forget what’s “available” and find the job you really want.

10. Tell everyone to keep an eye out for those types of openings.

11. If you have an answering machine, tailor your opening message to communicate your ongoing job search.

12. Join a support group for job seekers in your area. If you can’t find any, create your own.

13. Going after several organizations at once.

14. Go after any place that interests you regardless of whether there are vacancies or not.

15. Focus on organizations that employ 20 people or fewer.

16. Go see 4 potential employers a day. If you’re using the phone, call 40 a day.

17. Use the phone and the yellow pages to call places of interest and ask if they’re hiring.

18. Go to the places where you would like to work and knock on their doors.

19. Look for full-time, part-time, contract or temporary jobs, and other types of jobs.

20. Forget about your disability, whether real or imagined.

21. Don’t get depressed if you encounter multiple rejections.

22. Treat everyone you meet with courtesy.

23. Write a thank you note to those who gave you their time that day.

Find your dream job

How do you identify your dream job?

1. What are my transferable skills? What are my fields of fascination?

2. Make a picture, or in this case the flower diagram we use at Parachute, to give you a picture of your new career. Give it a name. Go find a person who is already doing it.

3. Interview that person for information, to find out what the job is really like.

4. Research organizations in your area.

5. Network and look for the people who have the power to hire you.

6. Use your connections to reach out to this person and show them how you stand out from the rest.

7. Don’t take shortcuts, if you need to retrain or go back to school to land your dream job, do it.

8. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. if a path

doesn’t work, try Plan B.

The 10 commandments for job interviews

1. Look for small organizations, those with 20-50 employees.

2. Ask everyone you know to keep an eye on your

specific job offer.

3. Do your homework on the organization before you go there.

4. Identify the person with the power to hire you and use your contacts to see this person.

5. Ask for just 20 minutes of their time and keep your word.

6. Go in for the interview to see if this organization fits your values, your agenda, and your life.

7. When answering questions, please limit your answers to 20 seconds or two minutes, maximum.

8. Approach them as a resource person who can offer a service rather than a beggar for work.

9. Always send a thank you note the next day.

an interview.

10. Little things can turn them off, like personal stuff.

hygiene and lack of self-confidence.

The seven secrets of salary negotiation

1. Never discuss salary until the end of the interview process, when they have definitely said they will hire you.

2. The purpose of salary negotiation is to find out how much an employer is willing to pay to get you.

3. Never be the first to mention a salary figure.

4. Do your homework on how much you will need each month.

5. Do careful research on salaries in your field or at that organization.

6. Define a range that the employer may have in mind and a range for you.

7. Don’t leave it hanging. Bring the salary negotiation to an end. Request a letter of agreement or an employment contract. Get it in writing.

The last word

Part of the search for happiness and a deeper meaning in our lives goes hand in hand with recognizing our relationship with God.

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