What Color is Your Parachute? (2013 ed.)

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Making the cut on Time magazine's All-Time 100 Non-Fiction Books, What Color Is Your Parachute has set the standard for career-help books for over forty years.

Richard Bolles keeps up with current issues in the job-hunting and career fields and adds and updates information in the book every year.

What's new in the 2013 edition? According to the publisher:

"Inventions in the book this year include a brand-new transferable skills grid, a novel way to discover what fields you would most like to work in, and a revamped version of [Bolles'] famed self-inventory instrument, the Flower Exercise."

What Color Is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (2013 ed.)

2013 Table of Contents
Preface- I’m Desperate: How Can a Book Help?
The Basics for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
Chapter 1 How to Find Hope
Chapter 2 The Seven Secrets About the Job-Market Today
Chapter 3 The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Jobs
Chapter 4 Life/Work Planning: Designing a Plan of Attack
Chapter 5 You Need to Understand More Fully Who You Are
Chapter 6 Networking and Social Media
Chapter 7 Five Ways to Choose or Change Careers
Chapter 8 Do I Really Need a Resume?
Chapter 9 Sixteen Tips About Interviewing
Chapter 10 How to Deal with Handicaps (Real or Imagined)
Chapter 11 The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation
Chapter 12 Starting Your Own Business

The Pink Pages
Appendix A Finding Your Mission in Life
Appendix B A Guide to Dealing with Your Feelings While Out of Work
Appendix C A Guide to Choosing a Career Coach or Counselor
Appendix D Sampler List of Coaches

Bolles' supports job-hunters and career-changers with free information and helpful links on his site, JobHuntersBible.com. If you're feeling stuck in your job or are needing support when looking for a new career, you may want to check out What Color Is Your Parachute (2013 ed.).


Calgary Public Library offers information and support for job-hunters and career-changers through our Information Desk and programs. Contact us at busn@calgarypubliclibrary.com or 403-260-2782 for more information, or browse through our Career programs online.

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Introducing the Calgary Public Library Learning Lab

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Are you looking for quick career, computer or research help? The Learning Lab may be the answer for you.


A few months ago, a room on the Third Floor of the Central Library transformed into the Learning Lab.

What is the Learning Lab? Previously a room with 10 public computers where we often held library programs, the new Learning Lab is a place where customers can come to work in a supportive environment with access to staff assistance with their basic job & career, computer technology, business and research questions.

Staff also offer regularly scheduled short programs on popular topics such as: Facebook, LinkedIn, E-book borrowing, introductory computer lessons (including Microsoft Office) and more. More information on the Learning Lab and a link to the current two-week schedule can be found here.

Would you like more information about the Learning Lab and how we can help you? Contact us: cis@calgarypubliclibrary.com or 403-260-2782.

Upcoming Calgary Job Fairs

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Alberta Works is sponsoring three upcoming job fairs in Calgary. For more information, visit the Alberta Human Services Alberta Job & Career Fairs site.


Greyhound Canada is recruiting Coach Operators

Does this describe you?

  • Committed to excellent customer service
  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) education
  • 5 years driving experience (Class 5 or higher) and a good driving record
  • Able to pass a police background check
  • Able to pass a pre-employment health screening

Learn more about the benefits of working for Greyhound Canada, including their comprehensive driver training program.

Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.
Radisson Alberta Works Centre
525 28 Street S.E.
Registration and information at http://grehoundinfo2.eventbrite.ca


Hospitality Jobs

Attend the next Alberta Works Job Fair and meet with employers that are hiring part-time and full-time positions in hospitality! Positions include:

  • Banquet and Restaurant Servers
  • Cook
  • Crew Members
  • Hotel Front Office and Guest Services
  • Housekeeping
  • Night Auditors
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Baristas
  • Supervisor

Qualifications vary. Attend to learn more and apply!

For a full list of employers and jobs, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calgaryjobsfeed.

Thursday, August 16, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Alberta Works Centre One Executive Place
1816 Crowchild Trail N.W. Calgary
Bring your updated resumé and references


Attend the next Alberta Works Job Fair!

Meet with recruiters from Manpower, Southland Transportation, Sears Logistics, Home Depot, Securitas Canada, Gordon Food Services, Cadillac Fairview and Assassin Safety & Labour Leasing Inc.

Positions available for hiring include Equipment Operators, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Field Service Technologists, Sales Associates, Bus Drivers (school, charter and specialized), Loss Prevention, Material Handlers, Forklift Operators, Security Officers, Scheduling Manager, Class 1 Driver, Carpenters, Electricians and more!

For the complete list of positions, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calgaryjobsfeed or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/calgaryjobfeed. For a full list of career events, visit alis.alberta.ca.

Thursday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Alberta Works Centre
Fisher Park, 100, 6712 Fisher Street S.E.
Bring copies of your updated resumé, references, driver’s licence and school or training certifications.

Panic Free Job Search?

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Recent research has shown that only 1% of online job applications are successful. Given that the job search landscape has changed drastically in the last two years, due in large part to social networking, Canadian author Paul Hill has written a bestselling job hunting book to guide you through the process of taking charge of your career and online presence. The Panic Free Job Search is a great addition to the Calgary Public Library’s extensive collection of career books. It’s a fresh approach combined with powerful strategies, including:

  1. Advice on how to increase your alignment, including clarity of who you are and what you want from work and life, especially during a job transition, layoff, or unhappy job situation
  2. How to increase your confidence and combat fear and desperation, something employers can sense and smell
  3. Practical and strategic methods to improve your job search tactics, along with professional branding formulas for creating a competitive advantage. He also zeros in on how to conduct smart job searches and mine data in innovative and sophisticated ways.

I also agree with his common sense/tough love approach to networking. “It is about making your contacts feel comfortable and not being pushy about getting introductions or names of people…In order to network effectively you need to be yourself. You also need to be able to share a common interest as a basis for developing a conversation. Notice the work conversation. That means listening, not just spouting.”

Well worth a summer read.

Job & Career Accelerator—a new tool for job searchers

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We have long recommended our Learning Express database (found under the Business, Investment, Directories & Career section in our E-Library) to job searchers looking for online courses and information related to resumes, interviews, communication skills and professional examinations.

Through Learning Express, we now have a valuable new resource: the Job & Career Accelerator.

The Job & Career Accelerator is another source for occupational descriptions and has resume and cover letter builders, examples of excellent resumes and cover letters, and information about interviewing and online job applications:

We are especially thrilled that the Job & Career Accelerator also has video tutorials for many of the most popular basic computer programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Project and Adobe Illustrator:

If you want to learn more about the Job & Career Accelerator database, or any of our other career databases, contact us: 403-260-2782 or busn@calgarypubliclibrary.com/.

New Rules: Applying to Job Postings

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Debbie Mastel, from Devon Energy, literally lit up the Central Library during Strategic Networking during Stampede week. Her flashing red, rhinestone, cowgirl hat set the stage for some rousing discussions regarding recruiting trends. Debbie caused a stir when announced that the old rule of having 80% of the posted qualifications before applying for a job is no longer the standard. She stressed that applicants should have the qualifications from the first 1 - 2 bullets in the job posting before they consider applying. The employer wil usually rank qualifications in order of importance to the job. She suggested that one great way to highlight those skills is to use the T format cover letter, something she urged everyone to do. Here were a few more pointers:

  1. Don’t e-mail your network just to say “hi.” She spoke about the volumes of resumes, e-mails and phone calls that recruiters get and she used herself as an example. On her day “off” last week, she spent 13 hours straight answering e-mails. Make sure you have a point or question to your e-mail before sending it.
  2. Don’t ask to pick someone’s brain or ask for general advice. Recruiters aren’t career coaches. People need to do their homework before contacting recruiters. Asking a recruiter to review your resume and then tell you where you’d fit in to their organization is not a good strategy. Candidates need to take advantage of services offered by places like the library to figure out where they envision their next career move to be. It’s difficult for a recruiter who doesn’t know a candidates passion to make suggestions on where they would fit in an organization. Keep in mind that companies aren’t looking for people to fill jobs, companies are looking for candidates that are passionate about what they do as well as their interest in the company.
  3. Don’t be rude. This seems like an obvious one but when someone is under a lot of pressure from a job search, it can really start to show. Make sure when you’re starting to get frustrated to take breaks. During a job search, nobody is there to pat you on the back when you do a great job (like getting an interview) so you have to be your own cheerleader. Make sure to reward yourself often to keep yourself motivated.

Strategic Networking continues all summer, a particularly great time to get out and meet new people. Our group of rotating volunteers lead discussions that offer new strategies for job search and for making meaningful connections in our community. VisitCalgary recently created this list of Calgary events that will keep you motivated in a city brimming with activity.

Trying to Decide on a Post Secondary Destination?

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Which university is best for you or your child?

Choosing the right university is a big, serious, expensive decision. But take heart.

The Library's new edition of the Maclean's 2012 Guide to Canadian Universities is a readable, comprehesive overview of 81 schools. Along with updated rankings, the publication offers insights into financial considerations and options such as scholarships and residency.

To further your research, Maclean's On Campus website offers even more information on rankings, campus life and student satisfaction surveys. Their scholarship finder is easy to use, along with blogs and posts that offer insights, including some not-so-serious sidelines. For example, I was drawn into the video featuring Ryerson University's new Quidditch team, of Harry Potter fame.

Worth a read.

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NextReads: Career and Job Search newsletter

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Sign up for our NextReads Career and Job Search Newsletter for monthly reading recommendations!

Each month on our Career & Employment blog we highlight new and popular titles of books, ebooks, dvds and other useful career resources. Now we have a better way for you to find out about these items.

Our NextReads newsletters are delivered right to your inbox and make it even easier to hear about—and place holds on—new and great items at the library.

If you would like to see an example of the Career and Job Search Newsletter, or prefer to view the newsletters on our site instead of through your email, click on the NextReads image to the right to see all current and archived newsletters.

Click here to view our newest edition of our newsletter: Career and Job Search Newsletter (July 2012), for some current recommended reads about resumes, interviews, LinkedIn and more.

To sign up to have the Career and Job Newsletter delivered to your email inbox each month, click on the sign up button below and click the box next to Career and Job Search. Then type your name, email address and make up a password and click subscribe. You'll start receiving regular Calgary Public Library NextReads recommended reads by email. Click on other subjects to get more newsletters on a variety of fiction and non-fiction topics for both adults, teens and kids. You can cancel or change your subscription preferences at any time.

For more suggestions on what to read (or watch or listen to!) and to keep up to date on library programs and news, visit our library blogs and follow us on Facebook (be sure to let us know what you're reading!), Twitter and Pinterest.

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Is Older Actually Better?—Work in Mid-Life and Beyond

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Trying to find a job in mid-life can be a disheartening task. But older workers, take heed: your age and experience may work for you in the market rather than against you. Employers no longer hire people with an expectation that they will be able to work for years and years. Even younger workers don't tend to stay in one position or one job for more than a few years at a time. This is good news for older workers, whose life and work experience are often welcomed in any work environment, sometimes in preference to younger workers.

Canada's older workers have good shot at jobs: survey Globe and Mail

Are Older Workers Taking Jobs From the Young? U.S. News & World Report

If you're concerned that you won't be able to keep up wtih all of the new technologies, don't be. Researcher Mark Walton found that: "brains are wired not for retirement, but for constant reinvention."

Jobless in midlife? Old brains can learn new tricks Reuters


There are still spaces in the following sessions of our very popular program on Midlife Career Change:

Career Basics: Moving Forward—Mid-Life Career Change

Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that come with looking for work mid life, along with resume strategies. Workshops are led by professional career practitioners from Bow Valley College's Career Connection. Interested? Click here to register online or call 403-260-2620.

Fish Creek Library

Monday, June 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Central Library

Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Shawnessey Library

Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Read about the recent TD Economics Survey on older workers: Older Workers Stampede into Labour Market

Alberta Learning Information Services puts out the excellent Guide to Midlife Career Moves

Calling all Green Thumbs and Pastry Chefs

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If you like working with your hands and like physical labour, check out Alberta Agriculture's job fair on May 23rd at the Days Inn Calgary South from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Seven companies will be at the Job Fair to meet with Calgarians to discuss a wide variety of employment opportunities. We talked with Jodi Murphy, coordinator, to find out more:

Is Alberta’s agriculture sector growing?

Preliminary results from a recent labour force demand survey for the agriculture and agri-food processing industry, available later this year from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, show that thousands of jobs are and will be available in this industry in the near future. It’s predicted that Alberta could experience a labour shortage of about 114,000 workers in the next ten years.

Jodi, can you give us examples of some interesting jobs that are in high demand?

There are important behind-the-scenes jobs that help feed the people of Alberta, and beyond, in areas such as meat processing, commercial bakery production, experienced meat cutters, millwrighting, welding, maintenance mechanics, apprentice mechanic, drivers, and farm labourers.

What’s the biggest draw for people thinking about working in the agriculture sector?

It is interesting to work in the agriculture and food industry because of its importance to people. Working in this industry gives you an appreciation and behind-the-scenes look at where food comes from and how it’s made. Many of the jobs available play an important role in making food. It is hard work and you will be tired at the end of the day because many of the jobs are very physically demanding.

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