Design Thinking, Job Search, Richard Bolles

“One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride.”

-Richard Bolles

Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. Designers here do not mean only those who work in R & D department and come up with designs for new cars or architects who design buildings.

Designers are all of us, we are capable of thinking of new ways to solve the problems that we face.

If you are searching for a job, most common way of searching job is to keep applying on job websites like Naukri, Monster or iimjobs.

Research has shown that this design of job search i.e. uploading your CV on websites and keep applying to online advertisements is most inefficient way of searching job.

Always define WHAT you want to do with your life and WHAT you have to offer to the world, in terms of your favorite talents/gifts/skills-not in terms of a job-title.”

-Richard Bolles

First person to attack this design is Richard Bolles, his book- “What Color Is Your Parachute” is critique of this kind of thinking, he has suggested alternative design for job search, which he claims has higher rate of success. Instead of blindly applying to all vacancies, first try to understand yourself, freeze on your area of interest and companies you would like to join, focus on small local companies etc.

“The problem with competition is that it takes away the requirement to set your own path, to invent your own method, to find a new way.”

 ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Second person to attack this model is marketing guru, Seth Godin. In his book “Linchpin” he argues that getting yourself selected is like labour contractor choosing few labourers from pool of hundreds of labourers. Here all the labourers are capable of doing the job, so all labour contractor has to do is to choose one who will demand lowest rate. Few will get work that day and rest will have to go back empty handed.

“Tom Peters, corporate gadfly and writer, is an artist, even though his readers are businesspeople. He’s an artist because he takes a stand, he takes the work personally, and he doesn’t care if someone disagrees. His art is part of him, and he feels compelled to share it with you because it’s important, not because he expects you to pay him for it.”

― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

You need to stand out, infact Godin suggests that you should be known without your CV ex. the employer should hire based on innovative ideas that you share with world, blogs that you write, books that you publish.

One more theme is by Ayse Birsel, who is a Turkish designer of products. She has used the concept of design in designing one’s life…design life you would like to live.

“This project is very close to my heart, a carte blanche to do what I want, with little compromise. Design can also be fun, personal, and very close to your heart. Your life is your design. Make it resemble you, reflect you, and be close to your heart.”

 ― Ayse Birsel, Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future



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