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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – Sep 22 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580089879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580089876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Forty years after it first was self published...What Color Is Your Parachute? remains a perennial favorite for job hunters.” “(It’s) the old standby, tried and true,” said Birmingham-Southern College’s Director of Career Services Michael Lebeau. “(It’s) the one that started it all.”
—Birmingham News 2010
 
Starred as essential for all library collections. “A best seller for 40 years, this annual guide gives great advice on choosing a suitable career, as well as how to find a job.”
—Library Journal 2010
 
“One of the most popular job-hunting guides has been streamlined for 2010. The new edition…tells readers how to find a job more efficiently than ever before.”
—amNew York 2010
 
“one of the first job hunting books on the market and remains one of the bestselling books of all time.”
—Boston Sunday Globe 2010
 
“the godfather of all pavement-pounders”
—Mark Lange, a former presidential and Labor Department speechwriter who wrote the 1991 State of the Union address (also a contributing writer for Christian Science Monitor 2010)
 
“Richard deserves sainthood for all the people he’s helped over the last 27 years. He boils career-searching down to three basic steps: What, Where and How.”
—Bob Rosner, United Features Syndicate’s “Workplace 911” columnist 2010
 
“one of several books that changed my life. ...it’s been in print for almost four decades for a reason.”
—New Age Retailer 2010
 
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.”
—Barbara Kiviat, Time magazine 2009
 
Called Dick Bolles: “guru of all things career related.”
—Bob Rosner, United Features Syndicate’s “Workplace 911” columnist 2009
 
“I read What Color Is Your Parachute? years ago and found it to be a very empowering book.... Now What Color Is Your Parachute? 2010 is being promoted as the ‘Hard Times’ edition, and again I’m impressed with the information it provides to allow its readers to seize the day. ...All useful stuff that’s more about your quality of life and less about just landing a job.”
—Knoxville News Sentinel 2009
 
A “category killer.”
—Library Journal 2009
 
“fortified with fresh advice for job hunting in tough times.”
—Content That Work’s Jobweek 2009

“He’s a preacher. He’s a career counselor. He’s a warm washcloth over the eyes of the desperately unemployed.”
—Searcher: The Magazine for Database Professionals 2009
 
“Job seekers, don’t despair. Richard Bolles is on your side. At 81, his life’s work has been about how to find a job. And not just any job, but the career of your dreams. Even in a recession.” 
—Sacramento Bee 2009
 
“Chock-full of revisions and tips relevant to today’s circumstances.”
—San Francisco Chronicle 2009
 
“The newest edition has been rewritten, updated and expanded to offer tools, support and hope to help job-seekers even in the worst of economic times.”
—McClatchy-Tribune News Service 2009
 
“There’s Parachute, and then there’s all the rest.  . . . Parachute is not just a best-seller, not just a practical manual, and not just a life-changing book. It’s a work of genuine love and compassion.”
—Career Planning and Adult Development Journal 2009. 
 
“Find success in your job search by picking up a copy of What Color Is Your Parachute?
—Complete Woman 2009
 
Parachute has been a perennial favorite of the ‘job transition’ genre.  . . . Bolles’ thoughts and website can help a job seeker at any starting point.”
—Sunday Las Vegas Review Journal 2009

About the Author

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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