What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

..a disability is something within you. A prejudice is something within the

..don’t look at yourself through their eyes. Look at yourself through your own eyes.

As most of us know, the proper attitude toward ourselves is called “good self-esteem.” But self-esteem is
an art. An art of balance. A balance between thinking too little of ourselves, and thinking too much of
The name for thinking too much of ourselves is “egotism.

As most of us know, the proper attitude toward ourselves is called “good self-esteem.” But self-esteem is
an art. An art of balance. A balance between thinking too little of ourselves, and thinking too much of
The name for thinking too much of ourselves is “egotism.”

So, how do we adopt the proper attitude toward our gifts—speaking of them honestly, humbly,
gratefully—without sounding egotistical? Just this: the more you see your own gifts clearly, the more you
must pay attention to the gifts that others have. The more sensitive you become to how unusual you are, the
more you must become sensitive to how unusual those around you are. The more you pay attention to
yourself, the more you must pay attention to others. The more you ponder the mystery of You, the more you
must ponder the mystery of all those you encounter, every loved one, every friend, every acquaintance,
every stranger.
Self-esteem is an art. It is the art of balance. A balance between thinking too little of ourselves, and
thinking too much of ourselves. But we can only think too much of ourselves if we lose sight of others.
Look at yourself, but equally look at them—with wonder.
That is the proper attitude we all should set as our goal.

Call it anything else if you will—fear, anxiety, nervousness, sweating
—but “shyness” is the historic word for it.

Designing is more appropriate because you can’t possibly predict what is going to happen to you, even
next week, much less plan for it. Planning your life is becoming increasingly unreliable in today’s world.
On the other hand, when you design something, it’s like setting out on a journey: you assemble all the
elements necessary, even if you aren’t sure which particular elements you will actually need, when the
time comes. You pack with all conceivable scenarios in mind. You may need this or that. You may not.
That’s designing.

For many of us, the job-hunt offers a chance to make some fundamental changes in our whole life. It marks
a turning point in how we live our life.
It gives us a chance to ponder and reflect, to extend our mental horizons, to go deeper into the subsoil
of our soul.
It gives us a chance to wrestle with the question, “Why am I here on Earth?” We don’t want to feel that
we are just another grain of sand lying on the beach called humanity, unnumbered and lost in the billions
of other human beings.
We want to do more than plod through life, going to work, coming home from work. We want to find
that special joy, “that no one can take from us,” which comes from having a sense of Mission in our life.
We want to feel we were put here on Earth for some special purpose, to do some unique work that only
we can accomplish.
We want to know what our Mission is.

High tech needs to be complemented by high touch.

Hope can give you wings, persistence, and energy. If you’re out of work, and want to stay upbeat, then
greet the sunrise, go for a walk, count your blessings, listen to beautiful music, drink more water than
usual, eat simpler, exercise more, laugh with your family and friends, watch cartoons, take naps in the
daytime if you can’t sleep well at night, but for heaven’s sakes, don’t obsess about depressing statistics.
Just determine to find alternatives for everything you are doing about your job-hunt and your life. You
want to be the exception to whatever the odds are, about anything. Hold on to Hope, and you can beat
those odds.

..in any situation we may ever find ourselves, no
matter how much we feel we are at the mercy of vast immutable forces that are totally beyond our control,
we can always find something that is within our control, however small, and work on that. Sometimes
that may only change a little, sometimes it may change a lot. You just never know. But what we do know
is that by working on even that 2 percent, it saves us from a feeling of complete powerlessness.

Inventiveness depends upon two habits of mind, which we can adopt and develop: attention and
Attention means paying attention.....
Curiosity means just that. Endlessly curious. Endlessly asking questions. Endlessly wanting to know
how, and why?

It is a great victory if you learn how to survive in today’s hard times; it’s an even greater victory if you
help someone else survive and find meaningful work.

..it is helpful to think of your
life not in terms of work but in terms of music—particularly a symphony. A symphony, traditionally, has
four parts to it—four movements, as they’re called. So does Life. There is the first movement, infancy;
then the second movement, the time of learning; the long third movement follows, the time of working; and
finally, this fourth movement, traditionally called “retirement,” though now that is an increasingly
complex concept. It is much better to think of it as the Fourth Movement, a triumphant, powerful ending to
the symphony of our life here on earth.

Just because you can’t find them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You’ve got to change the way you’re
looking for them. Because there are always job vacancies out there.

Most job-hunters (and even a few resume writers)
assume a resume’s purpose is to “sell you,” or secure you a job. No, no, no. Its only purpose is to get you
an interview.
Selling is what you do after you’re in the interview room. It’s your task, when you’re face to face, not
that piece of paper’s.

Not just one way to describe ourselves, but two ways, at least.
Not just one way to hunt for a job, but two ways, at least.
Not just one kind of job to hunt for, but two kinds of jobs, at least.
Not just one size company to go after, but two sizes, at least.
Not just one place we really would like to work at, but two places, at least.

Self-introspection is the way to improve any company, any marriage, any nation. And any job-hunt.

The success of your job-hunt depends
on you—with a little help from your friends. You must be in charge of it. You must plan it. You must
direct it. You must know what works and what doesn’t work. Your job-hunt is by its very nature a
“self-directed search.

What the meaning of this period of unemployment is, now.
One way to get at that definition is to ask ourselves, “What is this time for?