Saturday, December 5, 2015

"You Look Dirty, Wild, and Disreputable, and Smell Really Bad"

These are really the only things holding you back from getting a job.  If you know your talent, someone is looking to hire you.  Chapter 9 of What Color is Your Parachute is all about dealing with any handicaps you may have.  That's the title of the chapter "How to Deal with Any Handicaps You Have."
how to deal with handicaps what color is your parachute chapter 9

Employers are divided into two groups:  Those who are interested in hiring you for what you can do, and those who aren't because they're annoyed by what you can't do.  You will meet both.  Once you realize which of these groups they belong to, kindly thank them for their time, and ask if they know anyone interested in someone like you, with the skill set you have.  Even if they made you feel a certain type of way, don't forget the Thank You note!

This chapter also discusses how every single person has a handicap (hidden or obvious).  However, regardless of this handicap you do have transferable skills that are needed.  A handicap, or a dis-ability, only means a lack of ability.  This lack of ability may only pertain to certain areas.  You possess many other skills that are needed.  This chapter has an exercises that has you list what you have do, and what you cannot.  You are to list all the skills you have, and the skills you do not.  Then you must choose your top 5 favorite skills.  Think of a few examples when you used these skills recently.

Just remember to "keep going, day after day, week after week, month after month, if necessary, until you find the other kind of employer: the one who only looks at what you can do, not at what you can't." -What Color Is Your Parachute?

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