You might find this useful ...


As I've mentioned, I've been writing book reviews in my other blogs for quite some time now, and when I took up the reins on The Job Stalker it seemed to make sense to start passing along info on books that I felt were important either for the job search or for emerging trends in the business world to my readers here.  Frankly, despite having hundreds of reviews up in other contexts, these never seemed to have come to the attention of the publishers, but when the reviews stated to show up here, they took notice, and I started to get a trickle of review copies, especially from a handful of business presses.

As I've also noted, prior to getting into this, I had hardly ever read "business books", despite getting through an average of 75 non-fiction books a year ... it just wasn't on my "interest scope" ... so, frequently things would come in that I was "meh!" on, and this week's featured book was in that category.  From Ten Speed Press, the What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter's Workbook, a "line extension" of that well-known franchise, didn't initially grab my attention.  However, due to a combination of things, I found myself needing to shift a couple of titles around, and this fit in with what I was looking for to feature in this week's piece.

As you can guess, this is a workbook, and is, as one would expect, not exactly a gripping read.  Instead, it's a way to "sort out" what one is really looking for in one's job search, with author Richard N. Bolles developing a "flower" diagram on which to parcel out the various aspects of one's job search in seven areas.

Addressed here are the following: Skills, Values/Goals/Purposes, Special Knowledges, People-Environments, Working Conditions, Level of Responsibility & Salary, and Geography.  Each of these has a set of exercises designed to tease the data out of your head.

In order to hunt for your ideal job, or even something close to your ideal job, you must have a picture of it in your head.  The clearer the picture, the easier it will be to hunt for it.  The purpose of this {book} is to guide you as you draw that picture.

The material in this reasonably slim 64-page book ranges from the "PITA" difficult to reasonably effortless, and from the cliché to the very clever, with flexibility to allow for a "by guess and by gosh" estimating of what's important to you, to very structured repetitive A-B testing to wrest the preferences out of one's particular perceptual morass (honestly, the grids Bolles provides for the latter processing are probably the most useful parts of this for my purposes!).

If you've done a lot of the "ground work" on your job search, reading lots of books and taking lots of assessments, much of the material here will both seem familiar and "thin", as there are parts of this which will, for example, offer a couple of dozen options, where other (very similar) tools out there would have had many times that.  The author even offers up a "mental exercise" which replaces the classic Holland typing and chart ... yet which he claims will yield over 90% matching results.

Obviously, there's a lot more details on all this over in my review, but this is something that you may want to check out.  I'm not sure how useful this is for somebody, like myself, who has been flogging at this job search thing for nearly two years, but if you've recently found yourself on the market, and are wondering what the heck you can do next, this is likely to be a very handy one-stop step towards getting a basic grasp on what that "ideal job" for you might be.  Fortunately, it's pretty inexpensive, and the on-line guys presently have it at a deep enough discount that it's hard not to recommend.

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