What Color Is your Parachute?

What Color Is your Parachute?

A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers

Book - 2013
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The world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2014 with up-to-the-minute information and tips for how to look for work and change careers.
In today's challenging job-market, the long-trusted guidance of "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is needed more than ever. Published in 22 languages and 26 countries, and with over 10 million copies sold, "What Color is Your Parachute?" has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests and land a job--even in hard times.
This 2014 edition of " one of] the 100 best and most influential nonfiction books] written in English since 1923," according to TIME.com, is refreshed with up-to-the-minute statistics, job-field analyses, and advice on social media and search tactics (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Yelp, and YouTube). However, "Parachute'"s core message remains intact: WHAT, WHERE, and HOW.
What do you most love to do?
Where do you most love to do it?
How do you find such a job and persuade those employers to hire you?
Career and business guru Richard ("Dick") N. Bolles, who coined the terms "informational interview" and "transferable skills," demystifies the entire job-search process, from resumes, interviewing, networking, salary negotiation, career coaches, how to start your own business, and more.
Recent grads, workers laid-off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change will all benefit from the support, encouragement, and nuts-and-bolts guidance "Parachute" has to offer. As Dave Kerpen, "New York Times" bestselling author and CEO of social media software platform Likable Local and chairman of Likeable Media, said on LinkedIn about pursuing his passions post-college:
"For several months I floundered -- as a life insurance salesman, a pizza delivery guy, and a tutor. Then I found a book which changed my life - "What Color Is Your Parachute" (incidentally, the best-selling career book of all time). The book essentially says: Figure out what you're passionate about, and then go find an industry, organization and job through which you can pursue your passions. I was passionate about marketing, and media, and children, and I loved the Disney brand. So I found Radio Disney, called them up and asked to meet with them, and even though there was no job posted, I got a job there. A year later I was the top salesperson in the country, and while I have changed jobs and careers several times, I've always pursued things I'm super passionate about. If you don't have a job yet, and take away just one thing from me today: Get the book."
What other readers and reviewers are saying about "What Color is Your Parachute?" and Dick Bolles" "
"This...edition is as relevant today as when it was first published.""Dick Bolles insightfully stays on the cutting edge of job-searching, ""and the book is full of new and updated suggestions, along with the""classic advice that continues to hold true today."
--Alison Doyle, About.com Guide
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"If you go into the bookstore and find the section on jobs, careers, or networking--the reason that section even exists is because of Dick Bolles."
--G. L. Hoffman, JobDig
"This book brought me back to life, caused me to rethink everything about myself and revived my passion for me to be my best self." --Simi Kaila
Are you ready to dust off your motivation, land a job, and live your best life?
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, c2013
Edition: 2014 Edition
ISBN: 9781607743637
Characteristics: 355 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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May 29, 2018

I found it helpful, but some of the Christian bit was too heavy-handed for me.

JCLBreH Mar 27, 2017

Another good book to read especially if your considering changing jobs. When your in the job transition phase. This a place to start with this read and consider the ebook. Download it to your tablet.

Apr 09, 2016

I just wanted to clear something up after gfsmith's review: this book is not spiritual. Maybe gfsmith was reading another edition, but I think the author does a really good job separating his beliefs from the main content. He tries to make the book relevant to everyone because I believe the author genuinely wants to help people; for a majority of the world religion is an important part of life so the author has an (optional) appendix on the religious aspect of job-searching. I'm as unreligious as they come. In fact I lecture casual atheists for not being unreligious enough, but this is a great, empowering book and one that I can say has unquestionably changed my life.

If you're fresh out of school, hate your job, hate your life, just got laid off, just got out of the military, or just want more out of life read this book. In fact, just read it anyway. I skipped the appendices (almost half of the book is appendices for special cases) and it's been very helpful to me. I've read it three times and will keep reading it.

Oct 01, 2015

I had to set the book aside after completing some valuable exercises. The spiritual emphasis of the book was overwhelming. There are authors in this category that are doing better work now.

Nov 04, 2014

This book is exactly what it purports to be: a tool for identifying your passions, transferrable skills, areas of interest, etc.

I read the 2007 edition right before moving to Seattle (and in fact, it was the impetus for that move and dramatic career shift). It was helpful in the self-reflection exercises, but of course the recession of 2008 changed the entire job marketplace, so "known things" quickly became outdated.

I was pleased to see that this 2015 edition addresses those changes, such as the majority of us employable adults going through several career and industry shifts in our lifetime, now. It was more than just "this is how you network". And although most of it is common sense, the logical layout of this book makes career changing seem less daunting.

I'd say it's got two major strengths:
A) The written exercises. If you do nothing else with this book, fill out all the prompts, and do the organization/graphing exercises. It WILL help you identify your strengths and interests, speaking directly to what industry you want AND how to write your resume and cover letters
B) The advice on research. It's so tempting to skip this and be lazy, but the concept of reaching out and asking questions and taking the time to really research a company and/or position is invaluable. And easier than you'd think, with tools like LinkedIn letting us see how many connections we are from our dream jobs, at any given moment.

The only weakness is that it sometimes drags on a bit- but it's geared to be useful for first-time job seekers as well as veterans of the job market, so that's unsurprising.

I highly recommend it for anyone job hunting (career change, or not). Even if you know yourself backward and forward, it will help you tighten your resume, cover letter, and interview language. And that can make all the difference in getting hired.

The Bible of Job Search resources.

Mar 10, 2012

This book was very helpful to me as a recent graduate. It provides exercises and advice. This book is updated every year. The new 2012 book is said to include information about using social media in your job search. The 2011 book doesn't touch on social media, but does provide advice about searching for a job online, and the best ways to search for a job in general.

The exercises in this book are useful and force you to evaluate your own interests, if you are willing to complete them.

Other topics in the book include:
Best and worse ways to search for a job.
How to use a resume.
The most helpful job sites on the internet.
What interview questions can you expect and how to answer them.
Salary negotiation.
Starting my own business.
How to find more purpose in my next job.

debwalker Sep 23, 2011

Wow - 40 years. So many of today's jobs didn't exist in 1971, and vice versa.

dragonsnakes Mar 17, 2011

Excellent resource for job hunters


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