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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers [Paperback]

Richard N. Bolles
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Aug. 14 2012 What Color Is Your Parachute?
The world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2013 to tailor its long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.

Career expert Richard (“Dick”) N. Bolles has now written forty-one books all with the same title: What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. In order  to tailor his authoritative guide to the current job- market, Bolles not only updates the book each year,  but he also reconceives it, reinvents it, and rewrites it,  so that one year’s edition is often vastly different from  the year before. This is the case with the 2013 edition.  Inventions in the book this year include a brand-new  transferable skills grid, a novel way to discover what fields  you would most like to work in, and a revamped version  of his famed self-inventory instrument, the Flower Exercise.

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, and it has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests. This has allowed them to land a job even in hard times, and to create for themselves a new, interesting, and inspiring career and life.

With fresh insights into resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, entrepreneurship, and social media, What Color Is Your Parachute? has everything you need to dust off your motivation and find your dream job.

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

About the Author

RICHARD N. BOLLES has led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master's degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. 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
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
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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