I’m on a working LoGro sabbatical for the month of August (and now into the first week of September), so it’s up to you to help keep each other informed about whatever you think is important and optionally discuss it in the comment thread attached to this blog post.
The 2012 edition of What Color is Your Parachute? was published this week. I got my copy from downtown Northfield’s only bookstore, Monkey See Monkey Read. I had owner Jerry Bilek take my photo (crappy phone photo, I know) to show that, yes indeed, I still engage with print occasionally. Parachute has many illustrations and charts that don’t translate well on my first-generation Kindle.
I’ve been using this book for my own career development and job hunt/job creation since author Dick Bolles first published it back in the early 70s. I probably have purchased six versions (it’s updated annually) and I wanted this one since it’s the 40th anniversary edition with a lot that’s new. From the publisher:
This is not your father’s Parachute; and not your mother’s, either. They’d be astounded at the changes. This book keeps building–in insight, helpfulness, relevance, and urgency–through new invention and information each year. And this year it’s the critical resource to help Americans (and others) get back to work…
This year’s edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? has been vastly rewritten, because job-hunting has increasingly become a survival skill. Career expert Richard N. Bolles describes the five strategies most needed to survive, and explains how to incorporate social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter into your job-search.
The new ideas are wrapped around the familiar core message of Parachute: WHAT, WHERE, and HOW, with an emphasis on finding your passion and identifying your best transferable skills. With fresh insights into resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, and how to start your own business, this book will give you the tools, exercises, and motivation you need to find hope, land a job, and fulfill your purpose in life.
In the late 90s, I met one of author Dick Bolles’ sons at a tech conference and he helped me arrange a visit at his dad’s house in the Bay Area. It was a treat to meet him and thank him for the influence that this book has had on my life.
It’s been over a decade since I last did all the Parachute exercises in order to fill out my Flower Diagram—’that one piece of paper.’ I’m not job hunting, but I am trying to better understand all the interesting work-related stuff swirling around in my head. Sabbatical stuff.
Last August, I took the month off for my LoGro ‘sabbatical.’ This year, however, I’ve got some ideas for a ‘working sabbatical.’
My plan is to put aside 99% of my usual daily blogging of Northfield-related issues, people, photos, organizations and fluff so that I can do some experimentation. Some of the experimentation will happen here on Locally Grown but some of it may occur elsewhere.
Rather than completely shutting down the blog and comments like last year, each week I’ll put up a What should Northfielders know about or discuss this week? blog post so that all of you can inform each other about whatever you think important and optionally discuss it in the comment thread attached to the post. Upcoming community events? Yep. Local, state or national issues. Yep. Links to interesting stuff? Sure. Just make sure you abide by the Locally Grown Discussion Guidelines.
Since the revision, professors on sabbatical leaves discovered, sometimes by calling city building official Jim Kessler, that they were no longer exempt from rental rules, including a ban on rentals of more than 20 percent of the homes on a block. For those on blocks maxed out with rentals, that meant leaving their homes vacant, or renting illegally during sabbaticals. Kessler said he suspects that some surreptitious renting is going on. The colleges grant sabbaticals of varying lengths every four to seven years for study or research.