Going for It: Rapid Reinvention

A parachute for dream-job hunting

So, we're in the middle of career-ending season. I blogged some time ago that the holiday season is the time when many employers pass out pink slips. Seems Scrooge is alive and well in corporate America during the holidays. I wrote a little poem about it. Want to hear it? Here it goes:

'Twas the season of Christmas  and all over the land.
Bosses were slashing jobs to get budgets in hand.
Our resumes were snuggled in our laptops with care.
In hopes that if we get fired a new job would be there.

Clever, huh? Anyway, with the unemployment rate still above nine percent, there are a lot of people who are facing a jobless holiday season. Author and "career guru" Richard N. Bolles has a new book that may help. His "What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter's Workbook" offers tips on picking up the pieces after losing your job. This is the sequel to his "What Color Is Your Parachute?" book, which was published a few years ago.

Bolles, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, according to a news release, has been helping job seekers for 40 years. His new book, which is available today, contains worksheets to help "illuminate your favorite transferrable skills, fields of special knowledge, job environments, values and goals, working conditions, and levels of responsibility and salary." After completing the exercises in the handbook, the publicity for the book promises, "you'll have a comprehensive picture of your dream job, and be able to effectively target your ideal work situation."

As if we didn't already know. Come on, now. As if we weren't already in our perfect job situation. As if each and every one of us (writing or) reading this right now is anything other than absolutely certain that the job we hold at this very moment is the absolute ultimate. As if each of us isn't as happy as a clam, despite being supervised by someone with half our experience, a quarter of our ability and only an inkling of a clue. Shucks, not us. We know we've got it made. Nobody's looking for a job over here. This book must have been written for you.

So enjoy. Learn something. I've got to roll. I've got to get back to my dream job. I'm writing up my interview with popular syndicated radio personality Russ Parr. He's got like three jobs--deejay, screenwriter, movie director. Cool guy. I had a blast hanging out with him at his team at WKYS 93.9. Check out the piece in the next few days.

Meanwhile, in between completing tasks on your dream job, check me out on Facebook and Twitter.



Avis Thomas-Lester

 |  December 14, 2010; 6:24 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I am spending a whale of a lot more now than 3 years ago. Probably 3 times as much. Reasons; 1. Unjustifiable, running-wild Inflation, continuing to increase due to greed, and 2. New and Additional charges and taxes, caused by # 1.

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