Topic: Learning from the Masters The granddaddy of all job-hunting career-transoforming books is the perennially updated "What Color Is Your Parachute" by Richard Bolles. (amazon link) It's been rewritten every year since the 1970's to adjust to how the job market and employment processes have changed. It includes a number of time-tested exercises to help job searchers sift through their experience and align their interests and capabilities to what employers want. Which is why it's the next book I'm tackling in my research on "career path development".
Over the month of July we'll be discussing the exercises and job search process shared in the book and figuring out how to customize it to our own needs. If you come the the meetings in July you'll be expected to come prepared to talk about the book. (Lazy don't cut it. Yes we're still a support group but we're also a work group.) This week's topic: Introducing the book. How far have you read so far and which exercises you've done so far. (No, we won't be doing every exercise it the book. But we will be sharing with each other which we've done and what we learned from doing them.)
NOTE: We're taking next week off (June 28th) and in July we'll be meeting on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. (Yes, the day after the 4th we will be meeting. If your employer isn't giving you the day off - because you don't have one - consider it a work day.)
Other note: Forward this message on to anyone you know that's also looking for work or contemplating a career transition. July is gonna be productive!