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Job-Hunting Online: A Guide to Job Listings, Message Boards, Research Sites, the UnderWeb, Counseling, Networking, Self-Assessment Tools, Niche Sites ... Your Parachute: Guide to Job-Hunting Online) Paperback – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute: Guide to Job-Hunting Online
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 5 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* This up-to-the-minute revision of the WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? companion helps job searchers integrate the Internet into an efficient job-hunting strategy.
* Updated with information on all the current hot topics, from researching to networking, career testing to job sites.

About the Author

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.


MARK EMERY BOLLES has worked as a computer programmer, musician, and technical writer and is an expert on using the Internet to support alternative career paths. He lives in Antioch, California.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James O. Walker on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Easily the best book about job hunting using the Internet I have found, and one of the better all around books on job-hunting, period. Unlike many other books on the subject, it is not just a list of websites, soon to be outdated. Though hundreds of websites are listed, that isn't the book's focus; instead, the authors talk about different job hunting approaches, the effectiveness of these various methods, and how the Internet can be used to increase the chances of finding a job, regardless of the approach used. In most cases, this can be a real eye-opener.
Anyone who has tried to find a job using the Net has no doubt found that it is not as simple as just posting a resume on Monster. Instead, the book tells you which job-hunting methods work best (and which ones don't), and goes on to teach you how the Internet can be used in any kind of job hunt, whether you spend most of your job-hunting time in front of a computer or not.
The authors place a heavy accent on learning how to use the Internet as a research tool; they go beyond simple search engine use, and even delve into finding the information that search engines themselves can't find. They explain why the job boards are so ineffective (evidently, only about 4% of job-hunters find employment through the job boards), and the best ways to use networking in your job hunt.
Written in an easy and often humorous style, I found the book to be extremely helpful and informative. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Trayser on June 18, 2010
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While it has several good points, this book, like the companion book "What Color is Your Parachute", suffers from a lack of understanding of how quickly things change on the Internet. This book (and the companion) still publishes the same tired source-of-hire data that has been around since about 2001. Up to 24% of jobs come from the NEWSPAPER? (That's a statistic from SHRM in 1997, back when Netscape still dominated the Web browser war.) Every reliable source I've read since 2005 indicates that jobs are sourced through newspapers at around 3-5%.

The author has numerous "best-picks" websites or articles that were published in 2002...while interesting, they were out of date. Blogs get a 1 paragraph mention, LinkedIn gets less than 1 page, and Facebook and Twitter aren't even considered (and their respective job-source potentials are all growing). For a book published in 2008, it seems like it was just a rehash of the Parachute book from 2001 with a few new websites added here-and-there to make it seem current.

Save your money. If you want to buy an online job search book, at least find one that is published in 2010 and doesn't rely on 10-year-old statistics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2009
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"Job-Hunting Online" by Mark and Richard Bolles is a good source of information for the job seeker who wishes to use the internet as a source.

The book contains several different job sites, some well-known (Craigslist, etc.) and others not so well-known. Under each listing there is a brief description of what the user can expect to see at the particular web site. There are also other helpful web sites such as the ones that describe salary ranges for different occupations.

A good resource. Recommended.
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By Kristina L. Cousins on September 18, 2013
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Great information on this book. I highlighted what I like and I can go back to it. The more information I learn the better.
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