What Color Is Your Parachute? – A Book Summary

The best-selling job-hunter’s bible for decades, this
indispensable resource is a complete handbook for people
who are on a quest to find their mission in life, or at
the very least, the next good job that will put food on the
table. Whether you are a fresh graduate, never finished a degree, or are searching 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 life-changing one!

There are two types of job searches: the traditional, and
the life-changing. The former requires the usual resume-matched-to-the-employer-formula. The latter begins with a weekend of honest soul-searching and really deep thought. The actual life-changing job hunt may take much longer. You must have adequate reserves of energy and determination to go on this hunt. But the result of the long search is well worth it. Why? Because the search for the “job of your dreams” is really the search for your true happiness…and you have every right to seek this
happiness.

What are you looking for?

You may choose to embark on a life-changing job hunt for
the following reasons: you are suffering from burnout, you want to set your career path straight, or you may want to earn more money. The best reason, though, is when you are searching for your mission in life.

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The advantage of doing the life-changing job hunt is obvious: it makes you rethink your goals, really think about what you want to accomplish in this life, and it’s 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 enumerated in the book for your easy reference. You may also ask your friends who are known for writing excellent resumes for assistance.
  2. Your resume should be a summary of relevant work accomplishments, citing what tasks you were responsible
    for, what obstacle you had to overcome and what you did
    to solve the problem and what the results of your actions
    translated into in terms of profits, etc.