This blog is on topics of interest to early career professionals who work with people with disabilities. Blog contributors have diverse perspectives on leadership, professional development, and success in changing systems to better serve people with disabilities and their families. For more information on Early Career Professionals, check out the website: www.aucd.org/ecp

03 May, 2010

Reading for Job Hunters: What Color is Your Parachute

This isn’t meant to be an advertisement and it might be a little cliché, but just over a year and a ½ ago, I was looking for a job and the one thing that everyone kept suggesting is that I read What Color is Your Parachute. I was completely hesitant, skeptical even. I had been on the job hunt for 3 months already, in what ultimately turned into a 6 month search, and I think this book came to me at a great time. It’s at about 3 months of looking for a job where you start to get really down on the processes, and down on yourself. As I talked with friends, this book kept coming up, so I finally broke down and got a copy. What I found was pleasantly surprising. There were so many tips and tactics that I hadn’t thought of. From self marketing, to interview tips, to ways to getting a foot in the door, this book really covered it. I had a very humbling moment where I realized that even though I had been employed before, there were things I did not know about applying for jobs.
During this job search process, I was living with my parents. Once they saw me holding a copy of this book, they laughed and said “I think we have one of the editions of that book from the 80s down in the basement” (side note: my parents are guidance counselors). Apparently, it’s a job hunters cult classic, that gets updated annually. Who knew? Certainly not me. Lucky for me I have smart friends who recommend helpful items at the right time. I now recommend this book to everyone I know who is looking for a job. I know it might seem like you’ve got the resume and cover letter writing down, but there is more to it. Thanks to this book I was prepared for my interview here with AUCD, which luckily led to employment!
Also, if you are jobless and penniless, there are copies at your public library.

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