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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089319
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #450,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“No one has been writing best-selling career-advice books longer than Richard Bolles.”
Wall Street Journal, 9/15/11

What Color Is Your Parachute? is about job-hunting and career-changing, but it’s also about figuring out who you are as a person and what you want out of life.”
Time
 
“. . . one of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.”
Fast Company
 
“Bolles knows what he’s talking about: his practical job-hunting strategies are based on years of research, and best of all, they really work.”
School Library Journal
 
“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”
Fortune
 
“There’s Parachute, and then there’s all the rest. . . . a life-changing book.”
Career Planning and Adult Development Journal
 
Parachute is still a top seller and it remains the go-to guide for everyone from midlife-crisis boomers looking to change their careers to college students looking to start one.”
New York Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

RICHARD NELSON BOLLES is the best-selling author of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? and has been a leader in the career development field for more than 35 years. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linzb on Jan. 29 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a big disappointment. Offering tips such as "google 'resume tips'", or including a sample ideal resume that includes marital status, age and a photograph...much of the information in this book is not only useless, but I would think harmful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EBT on March 4 2009
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If you've ever found yourself in that frame of mind "what am I doing with my life?" or, even better yet "what am I capable of doing with my life?" then this book is a must buy. It takes you out of thinking in a rigid linear style and puts you in a far more creative frame of mind - literally thinking outside of the box when it comes to life/job choices. The resources alone that this book provides are worth the price. I highly recommend What Color is Your Parachute? for anyone interested in learning more about themselves, their skills and abilities, and their potential to achieve more out of life!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Carter on Jan. 27 2011
Format: Paperback
This excellent book has been in multiple reprints since about 1970 and is extremely helpful in many ways.

Some of the areas I found most helpful included:

1. How Employers Hunt for Job-Hunters. In this chapter, Bolles clearly lays out the harsh realities of the differences between people looking for work and those seeking jobs. The power lies with the employer, and the sooner I realized that truth, the better off I was. This chapter also pointed out that different types of resumes work better for different types of employers, so it's important to tailor your resume to your audience. This was a great lesson for me.

2. Tips. What I loved about this chapter was the reinforcement that job hunting is hard work and takes effort, there is no getting around it. I also thought it was great advice to be open to changing my tactics if what I was doing wasn't working. Too often I get caught up in the thinking that just doing more of the same will change my result. I now realize that sometimes I am just doing the wrong things, so need to try something different.

3. Interviewing Tip For Smarties: Another great chapter that reset how I think about interviews. One of the best tips for me was sticking to the time I asked for from the interviewer. Too often in the past if I thought the interview was going well, I would keep talking. Now I realize that one of the best ways to impress a potential boss is to stick to the time (e.g., 20 minutes) that I originally asked for. The other very helpful tip was to let the interviewer do 50% of the talking. This balance of time lets the interviewer know that you know how to listen as well as speak.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl I. C. Lun on June 6 2010
Format: Paperback
pros:
nice tips on job search, flower chart (helpful in finding your career path), networking

cons:
lacking on resume/cover letter section: like a reviewer mentioned, asking to google "resume" can be harmful and if you're unemployed/new to job search, won't be googling resumes the first thing you'll do instead of buying a book?? a few reliable sources could have been added than let the reader go through the huge amount of online info-often trash, did not give many tips as well (some excuse along the line "you can never know what companies want").

from what i understood former versions of the book had a more comprehensive section on resume. too bad he decided to cut it off in this version.

bottom line, if you need resume/cover letter help, google it/get another book instead of wasting your money on a book asking you to do that!

i'm keeping the book only because of the other sections and one thing i found helpful was how the important parts were written in green than the generic black text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Goffredo Consulting on July 13 2012
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I first read this book many, many years ago and picked it up to help with coaching my clients currently in career transition. It is as valid and informative today as it was then and is a practice guide to helping folks find their next great opportunity. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Laycock TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great for people looking for work who have been out of the loop for awhile. It helps you understand where the jobs are, goes contrary to you have been educated to do. Better to sit back and plan it out.

To do that you need to know how you think and what you want -- thankfully the content shows (like myself) many people do not really know what they want or what drives their behaviours.

Found out lots of people have this book, so good conversation starter too.
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Format: Paperback
What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles was considered as a classic in career development books and still it is one. In summary it explain how to understand and act in a job market and make your tranistion from one job to another smooth by knowing yourself better. The book is all about clarifying and setting goals in the form of a the flower, labelled as 'That One Piece of Paper' also known as Rich Feller's Flower. The third section of the book is full of links and resources to assist reader in clarifying and setting goals and filling up different sections of the flower step by step. The flower precisely and concisely elaborate all aspect of ones career goals in one page. At the center block of this flower are your favorite transferable skills, surrounded by petals of your favorite fields of interests, places where you prefer to work, favorite/preferable personalities and environments in which you like to work, your values and goals, working conditions, and level of responsibility and salary expectation. Once you fill out your flower, people can see your color and smell your personality from distance. Not a bad deal!
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