Start your quest by reading The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. Now in its fourth edition, the book is updated and decidedly upbeat. No, you don’t have to become a starving artist. But you may need to slay some dragons. This guide will support your progress toward a more creative lifestyle—as well as encourage your more heroic self.
For the first edition, Dick Bolles (the author of What Color is Your Parachute?) played Obi Wan to my Skywalker. Both our books were with Ten Speed Press, a hip, independent Berkeley publisher. About twenty years and 75,000 copies later, The Career Guide resides in the Random House galaxy. You’ll find testimonials from readers in the far right pane. Their most frequent word of praise? Inspiring.
I retired from the practice of psychology in order to write fiction, then decided to revise my self-help book and realized I needed a co-author with more recent career counseling experience. The lovely Carrie Pinsky became my Savior in Shining Armor during our extensive refresh. In addition to our bios, you can read the story about why I wrote the career guide in the first place.
What do you want to do with your life? The career notebook is a place to express, record, and organize ideas as you plot your creative path. If you’re already reading the book and wish to download the promised forms, you’ll find them here. The directions for this notebook are a Yellow Brick Road to your personal workplace Oz.
All heroes need to use their heads and get help. As Will Rogers said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there!” To plan for your journey and then keep moving, use these seven carefully-selected resources, including major sources of employment information and gateway job-hunting sites.
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