over three years, I've worked for Morgan James Publishing. I love my job—admittedly not every
detail but I love the process of finding the right author and good books. It is
a constant search and rewarding to interact with authors.
one of my authors felt like quitting and not completing their book. From my
experience, all of us feel like that at one time or another. I know I have
wanted to quit the writing process. I emailed her with some ideas how to get it
done—and then I went on to something else in my work day. My words had impact
and about a week ago, this author emailed again saying she had finished her
book. It was exciting to receive that email!
are considering a career change or looking for a new position, the classic book
which instantly comes to mind is What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles. This book
has sold over 10 million copies. I knew about this book but I had never read it.
Now I wish I had turned to this book several years ago when I went through my
own intense job search.
my job search,I followed seasoned advice and treated my unemployment like a job.
Every day I spent a considerable amount of time working at my job search. I
created an excellent resume, searched job boards for appropriate positions and
filled out many applications. I did it day after day and week after week—with no
response and no calls for interviews or even consideration. Yet I persisted in
looking and speaking with my publishing network. Nothing happened.
back at that time in my life, I believe the publishing world was changing and
numerous publishers were downsizing and cutting back on staff. Downsizing alone
sent many people into the job market and my qualifications didn't stack up when
compared to others. I could have used the wisdom in What Color Is Your Parachute?
The book is updated and revised every year.
last few weeks, I was offered a review copy of What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016 I'm not looking to change
jobs but wanted to see what this well-known book contained. I read the review
copy and discovered this book is packed with insights and lessons — no matter
whether you are not thinking about changing jobs or searching.
example in a section called You Are Not As Powerless as You Think, Bolles
writes, “So it is, that in any situation you find yourself, no matter how
overwhelmed you may feel, no matter how much you may feel you're at the mercy of
huge forces that are beyond your control, some part of it is within
your control: maybe 2%, 5%, who knows? There is always something you
can work on. Something that is within your power. And often, changing that
little bit results in changing the whole lot. Maybe not as dramatic a change as
Mary (in the previous paragraph); but change nonetheless.” (Page
of Bolles' training he attended an Episcopal seminary and in the appendix
includes a large section about how to find your mission in life. Every reader
can personally profit from working through some of the checklists and
information in this book.
conclude this article with my review of the book for Amazon and Goodreads:
Insight -- Whether You are Searching for A Job or Not
lasts forever--whether we admit it to ourselves or not. This classic book
(updated each year) is loaded with encouragement and insight for every reader.
The step-by-step insights are valuable to any reader at any place in the job
what Bolles said in the first chapter, "In today's world, he or she who gets
hired is not necessarily the one who can do that job best; but, the one who
knows the most about how to get hired. If you can learn new advanced job-hunting
skills you can not only survive. You can thrive." (Page 14)
book is packed with ideas and action steps for every reader. I highly recommend
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