What Color Is your Parachute?

What Color Is your Parachute?

A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers

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“How many jobs are out there, in this economy?”

“Where do I go from here with my life?”

These are some of the questions at the forefront of the modern job-searcher’s mind. And they are thoroughly and thoughtfully answered with all-new chapters in the 2011 edition of What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more than three decades--in good times and bad. A longtime fixture on best-seller lists, What Color Is Your Parachute? features life-saving information that is updated each year to cater to the specific requirements of today’s job market. This book is not only about finding a job in hard times, it’s also about finding your passion.


“How many jobs are out there, in this economy?”

“Where do I go from here with my life?”

These are some of the questions at the forefront of the modern job-searcher’s mind. And they are thoroughly and thoughtfully answered with all-new chapters in the 2011 edition of What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more than three decades--in good times and bad. A longtime fixture on best-seller lists, What Color Is Your Parachute? features life-saving information that is updated each year to cater to the specific requirements of today’s job market.

Career guru Richard N. Bolles leads job-searchers to find meaningful work. He asks, WHAT skills do you most love to use? WHERE--in what field--would you most love to use them? And HOW do you find such jobs without depending on agencies, ads, and online postings?

This book is not only about finding a job in hard times, it’s also about finding your passion. In the words of Fortune magazine:

“Parachute remains the gold standard of career guides.”

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, with 10 million copies sold, in more than 20 languages. Written by career guru Richard N. Bolles--who coined the terms “informational interviewing” and “transferable skills”--this New York Times and BusinessWeek best seller answers such questions as:

“What are the five best--and worst--ways to search for a job?” See chapter 3 (starting on page 31).

“What are the most helpful job sites on the Internet, out of the thousands that are out there?” See pages 53-54.

“What interview questions can I expect to be asked, and how do I answer them?” See chapter 6 (starting on page 93).

“I want to use a resume. What should I include?” See chapter 5 (starting on page 71).

“I haven’t a clue how to do salary negotiation. Help!” See chapter 7 (starting on page 121).

“There are no jobs out there, so I’m thinking of starting my own business. Where do I begin?” See chapter 9 (starting on page 147).

“Since I’m out of work, I’d like to use this opportunity to find more purpose and sense of mission in my next job. How do I do that?” See pages 15, 179, and 269.

“What are the ten biggest mistakes made during interviews?” See page 92.

“How is the way employers hunt for people different from the way people hunt for employers?” See page 44.

“How do I figure out what my best skills are?” See pages 201+.

“If I decide I need some career counseling, how do I avoid getting ‘taken’?” See Appendix b (starting on page 288).

“I had a job dealing with manufacturing. Now it’s gone. How do I find jobs in related fields?” See page 45.

“I’d like to emphasize my traits in my next job interview, but I don’t have ‘a trait vocabulary.’ Got any lists?” See page 50.

“I have a handicap. How can I get around it, in interviews?” See page 57.

“I am painfully shy. I dread interviewing. What can I do?” See page 62.

“I want to use a resume. What should I include?” See Chapter 5 (starting on page 71).

“In general, what are employers looking for?” See page 48.

“How long should I expect my job-hunt to last?” See page 32.

“I’m over fifty. What special problems do I face when I go job-hunting? ” See chapter 10 (starting on page 167).

“I’m just starting on my job-hunt. I know ‘networking’ is important. I haven’t got a network. How do I build one from scratch?” See page 86.

PARACHUTE has all the answers you’re looking for and more. It’s the guide that millions of job-hunters have turned to for more than three decades.



Baker & Taylor
Thoroughly revised for 2011, a handy job-hunter's guide explains how to identify one's personal goals and interests and reveals how to apply that information toward obtaining satisfying employment, with tips on interviews, salary-negotiation techniques, career searching online and more, in a guide that reflects the current market. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Berkeley : Ten Speed, c2011
ISBN: 9781607740384
1607740389
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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sandyc_9
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.

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matthewctx
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.

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gfsmith
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.

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artemishi
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.

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sarahannesz
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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