|Fulfillment@Work: PARACHUTE AUTHOR'S ADVICE
May 1, 2003
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If you are job searching or know anyone who has been laid off or is unemployed, you'll gain great comfort in the article below. It's an interview with Dick Bolles, the author of the landmark job-hunting book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?"
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San Francisco Chronicle by Dave Murphy
Saturday, March 1, 2003
Richard N. Bolles acknowledges that job hunters and the economy are fueled by optimism, but the normally upbeat Bolles can't provide much fuel these days.
"I think this is going to be a terrible year, frankly," he said in an interview. It isn't that the author of the landmark job-hunting book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" expects widespread layoffs, but he does foresee spending cuts, in businesses and in homes.
Part of him knows the recession is just a typical economic cycle, and this one might be longer than most because the economy grew for so many years. But he also believes that the dot-com implosion and other political and economic problems, including the potential war in Iraq, make it that much harder for the economy to bounce back.
"The key to a recovery is optimism," says Bolles, an East Bay resident. "It isn't that you artificially stimulate the economy with money. People need optimism above all else."
For people who have been laid off, Bolles suggests doing whatever they can to give themselves a little joy, from spending time with family to taking a long walk to getting a good night's sleep. Realize, too, that many people are out of work for seven months or longer, so spend some time studying, pursuing other interests and doing informational interviews.
"They have got to keep at it," he said. "A huge percentage of job hunters give up within two months. I would be as persistent as I possibly could be."
Job hunt every day and try three or four approaches to getting a job, such as networking, visiting companies that look interesting and, in particular, thoroughly evaluating your skills and interests with an open mind, considering alternative careers in case you can't find anything in your previous field.
Bolles said too many people simply tell people they're job hunting without going into detail. "I would never hit my friends for leads unless I knew exactly what I wanted."
Self-aware job hunters will know what separates them from the 20 others applying for the same job, Bolles said "When times are tough like this, it isn't luck that makes the difference."
And don't count on the Internet, Bolles said. "I think it's a false producer of hope," said Bolles, who previously had written a book called "Job-Hunting on the Internet."
He says many job hunters don't make the best use of the net: researching companies, industries, occupations and useful contacts. They can also look for news articles about successful companies, and find out which businesses have a good reputation.
So what wouldn't Bolles emphasize? Sending resumes, especially online. Networking and dropping in on people is far more effective than spewing out resumes by the hundreds, he said.
He said it's so easy to post and copy resumes on the net that it's almost impossible for employers to sort them-even on the employer's own Web site.
"Once you post your resume on the Internet, it becomes immortal," Bolles said. "That means every week there are more resumes than there were on the Internet the week before."
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