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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – Aug 16 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 40 Anv edition (Aug. 16 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607740109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607740100
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 22.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About the Author

Richard N. Bolles has led the career development field for more than forty years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s in sacred theology from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marci. Visit www.jobhuntersbible.com.

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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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