What Color Is Your Parachute

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Do you need What Color Is Your Parachute exercises? How do you apply the lessons from What Color Is Your Parachute to your own life?

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What Color Is Your Parachute Exercises

The flower exercises from What Color Is Your Parachute helps you determine what you’d like to do for work.

  • Think about your current or most recent job. How well does it meet the criteria of each of your seven petals? Did/do you enjoy this job?
  • Imagine a job that meets the criteria on all seven of your petals. What would this job look like? (Don’t picture a specific existing job; imagine the organization’s purpose, what your duties would be, and so on.)

A bridge-person is someone you know who also knows people or organizations you’re interested in.

  • Think of a job you might like to do. Who do you already know who might know someone else who’s doing the job, who works with a company who hires for the job, or who is an expert in the field?
  • What online groups and forums could you join to connect with bridge-people? Consider industry-specific groups, alumni groups, geographical groups, and so on.
  • Look through your connections and network on LinkedIn. Who could you approach about acting as a bridge-person? 

Many employers will factor what they learn about you online into their decision to interview or hire you.

  • Search your name. What comes up that you wouldn’t want an employer to see? Why? How can you get this content down?
  • Consider your LinkedIn account. What information could you add to your profile to make it more complete? For example, you might be able to add details about your skills or hobbies.
  • How could you increase your general online presence? For example, you might start a blog or a video series. What kind of professional content or skills could you share? How would you create it?
  • What format do you think would work best for your resume: reverse chronological order, skill-focused, combo, or original? Why?

It’s important to prepare for an interview in order to make the best first impression.

  • Think of an organization you’d like to work for. How would you find out more about them? Consider what parts of their website you should read, who you might conduct an informational interview with, and so on.
  • It’s helpful to bring samples of relevant work to an interview. What kind of samples could you bring? Consider documents you’ve written, photos of products you’ve made, testimonials, and so on.
  • All jobs require some general skills such as punctuality or commitment. Make a list of general skills that you could discuss in an interview. Then, write an example of an experience that shows you possess this skill.
12 What Color Is Your Parachute Exercises

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Rina Shah

An avid reader for as long as she can remember, Rina’s love for books began with The Boxcar Children. Her penchant for always having a book nearby has never faded, though her reading tastes have since evolved. Rina reads around 100 books every year, with a fairly even split between fiction and non-fiction. Her favorite genres are memoirs, public health, and locked room mysteries. As an attorney, Rina can’t help analyzing and deconstructing arguments in any book she reads.

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