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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.”
Fortune
 
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 

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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone at loose ends March 4 2009
By EBT
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what colour is your parachute 2010 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Parachute still rocks! July 13 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful ideas for powerful career April 11 2010
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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 Big help Nov. 3 2010
By Patrick
Format:Paperback
The book has two very different sections:
the first one covers job searching in general, while the second part is more self-knowledge development oriented.

I personally found the first part eye-opening. Although very US job market oriented, it gave me many interesing insights on job hunting and genuinely helped me find a new career opportunity.

I must admit the second part was left unread for the most of it, simply because I didn't feel the need for introspection.

I highly recommend this book to all job hunters and career changers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tests inside
very helpful exercises in this book for someone in between jobs
Published 1 month ago by Mark
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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
Published 8 months ago by Borgonta
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great for people of all ages ready to make a change in their life a great gift for any one
Published 10 months ago by Bonnie Binns
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by LouLou
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
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 more
Published 14 months ago by L. Demaree
4.0 out of 5 stars Good career changing book
We bought this for our nanny who is looking to change careers. Definitely recommend it as a basic book for the search for a new career!
Published 18 months ago by JhWoods
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book for Everybody!
Great book that is simpley written. A must have. The author supports his arguments with commen sense as well as statistics.
Published 21 months ago by BV
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good help
I purchased this book for my grandson whose has trouble finding a job. He said he learned tremendously from it. Thank-you
Published on March 9 2012 by Muguette Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Strategies for Getting Interviews and Landing a Job
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:

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Published on Jan. 27 2011 by Scott Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for inner insight.
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2011 by Glenn Laycock
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