This groundbreaking book for job seekers is made all the more impressive by the fact that Bolles has updated the book every year since 1970, with new and current information. It’s a great read.
What Color is Your Parachute 2013 contains lots of useful tips, including:
- Advice for the unemployed and career changers
- How to use social networks like LinkedIn to cultivate contacts
- What a perfect resume looks like
- Interview and resume tips
- How to negotiate a salary
Although written from an American context, Bolles makes references to the status of the unemployed around the world, including Ireland.
Here are several key lessons I took from the book:
- Hiring an employee based off a resume is an employer’s least favourite method of recruiting staff. Conversely, resumes or CVs are most preferred angle of attack by job seekers.
- It’s far more effective to cultivate two careers, or at least have a niche outside of a primary job, than to focus on one role.
- Sending a thank you note to a panel after an interview is the single most forgotten task by job seekers today.
- A job seeker or a career changer should try and arrange informational interviews with people working in their area of interest before applying for a job in their preferred area.
- The average worker will change careers three to five times in their lifetime.
- The first person to mention a figure during a salary negotiation invariably loses.
- It’s easier to get a job with smaller newer companies, rather than larger older ones.
Bolles also discusses at length how people can find an ideal career and he provides a number of exercises, which can help people develop a personal mission statement.
I recommend this book to anyone changing careers, looking for employment, writing a CV, facing an interview or wondering how salary negations work.
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