What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Hardcover – Oct 1 2008
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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.”
“. . . one of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.”
“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.”
“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 alternate Hardcover edition.
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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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
nice tips on job search, flower chart (helpful in finding your career path), networking
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.
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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There are some interesting aspects of this book and SOME good information. I picked up this book when I was rethinking my career and whether I wanted to continue doing what I was... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christopher
100 % satisfied with this product, i have read this book and serve to understand the way recruiters like to interview, very helpfulPublished 23 months ago by Borgonta
great for people of all ages ready to make a change in their life a great gift for any onePublished on Dec 25 2013 by Bonnie Binns
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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... Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2013 by L. Demaree