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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers [Hardcover]

Richard N. Bolles
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Oct. 1 2008 What Color Is Your Parachute?
What Color Is Your Parachute? ­has been the best-selling job-hunting book in the world for more than three decades, in good times and bad, and it continues to be a fixture on best-seller lists, from New York Times to BusinessWeek. It has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into 20 languages around the world.

Parachute is streamlined this year to help those struggling in these hard economic times acquire the job-search tools they need faster and more efficiently. Its life-saving information is, as always, updated and relevant to today’s job market.

Career guru Richard N. Bolles leads job-hunters 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 a job without depending on agencies and ads?

This book is not only about finding a job in hard times. It’s about finding your passion. In the words of Fortune magazine: “Parachute remains the gold standard of career guides.”


“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”
–Anne Fisher, Fortune

“It was 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

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

“There’s Parachute, and then there’s all the rest. . . . a life-changing book.”
–Career Planning and Adult Development Journal


What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, with 10 million copies sold, in 20 languages. This New York Times and BusinessWeek best seller answers such questions as:

ÒI was just laid off from my current job. What do I do first?Ó See page 3.
ÒWhat are the most helpful job sites on the Internet, out of the thousands that are there?Ó See page 5.
ÒWhat are the five best–and worst–ways to hunt for a job?Ó See page 24.
ÒI haven’t a clue how to do salary negotiation. Help!Ó See Chapter 7 (starting on page 99).
ÒIn general, what are employers looking for?Ó See page 18.
ÒWhat interview questions can I expect to be asked, and how do I answer them?Ó See Chapter 6 (starting on page 71).
ÒI’m over 50. What special problems do I face when I go job-hunting?Ó See Chapter 10 (starting on page 143).
ÒHow do I survive financially while I’m out of work, and how do I find health insurance when I have no employer?Ó See page 11.

Turn to the last page of the book for more questions.



RICHARD N. BOLLES has been a leader in the career development field for more than thirty-five years. He was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University and a master’s in sacred theology from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marci.

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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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
2.0 out of 5 stars Big let-down, impractical advice Jan. 29 2010
By Linzb
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parachute still rocks! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start Feb. 12 2014
Format:Paperback
I'm a university graduate and a product of my generation. I've been in and out of retail and jobs below my educational aspirations for years. This book gave me some hope in: 1) I am definitely not alone in my troubles, 2) the fear, anxiety, and depression are normal 3) I've been on the right track and 4) the way job hunting/hiring is done is ridiculously flawed, we need a new system.
Couple things I did not like about the book however:
*the over all tone was a bit patronizing
*unless you are looking for a job in the religious sector I believe religion should have nothing to do with job searching. There were a lot of references to faith, God and Christianity in this book making it inappropriate for some of other faiths to read.
* personally I found some of the suggestions ludicrous and presumptuous, and I have no desire to introspect on a flower diagram. As an introvert I already do it enough.

Overall not a bad idea to skim through if you are frustrated and at a loss. Made me feel better about myself because I am already doing a decent amount of his suggestions, and might apply tweaks here and there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for introspection Sept. 28 2013
By Woulf06
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Either you're searching a new job or thinking about a career's change, this book is a great opportunity to think hard of what you do best, what you like and, eventually, what you really want.
A must read, even if you're not looking for a new job !
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4.0 out of 5 stars 100 % satisfied Feb. 18 2014
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100 % satisfied with this product, i have read this book and serve to understand the way recruiters like to interview, very helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Dec 25 2013
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great for people of all ages ready to make a change in their life a great gift for any one
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic Nov. 25 2013
By LouLou
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This is a classic book to help someone looking for a career change or a career start. It is US-based however, so, if you live in a different country, some of the information may not be applicable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book Aug. 6 2013
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Very helpful book. I found the chapter on negotiating salary and interviewing the most helpful. The chapters regarding looking / applying for jobs dont really apply so much for the Canadian workplace.
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