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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2006: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – November 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580087272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580087278
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A revised and updated edition of the #1 best-selling business book. * Notable additions to the 2007 edition build on the vastly rewritten format of the previous edition. * Includes new sections on analyzing transferable skills, math skills, handicaps, discrimination, volunteer work, healthcare costs, pensions, the end of defined-benefits plans, the five rewards more important than money, and others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

RICHARD NELSON BOLLES has been a leader in the career field for more than 30 years. He is former director of the National Career Development Project and an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in Chemical engineering; Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor ’s degree in physics; and the General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, where he earned a master ’s degree in New Testament studies. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This book is the only book you need for job hunting, finding or changing your career.
Suzanne
The exercises are time consuming, and you will have to spend time, but that time will be well worth it once you have found a purpose.
M. Given
If you are looking for a job or a new career of any kind, I highly recommend this book.
Robert Connolly

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163 of 172 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
"What Color Is Your Parachute" is the first book you need if finding a job is your goal. If you've not bought this yet, you haven't started looking. It is that good.

Richard Bolles is the expert. His books sell because they are fresh each year with insight, purpose and ideas for determining what job you should do, and how to get it.

I used "Parachute" to get my first job. It continues to influence me today, as I job hunt again. (post script: two weeks after posting this review, I landed a position as a communications manager at a major firm).

Thoroughly practical, Bolles asks you questions about your mission in life. His belief is that just getting a job -- even ones you are good at -- won't be a wise decision in the long haul. He helps you see your passions mixed with skills and experience, and guides you to getting their. Though it is hardly a self-help book, it is far more useful than the ones clogging up the Top 10 list.

He keeps you accountable. Finding a job is your job if that's what you say you want. And if you aren't working, he won't let you make excuses -- you've got the time. Either you are looking or you aren't. Dr. Phil could take a note from Bolles' direct yet congenial style.

Don't bother with the hardcover. You need the paperback. This is not a sit-on-the-shelf book, but a get-down-to-business book, and you'll appreciate the flexibility while at work or on the train.

I fully recommend, "What Color Is Your Parachute" by Richard Nelson Bolles.

Anthony Trendl
editor, HungarianBookstore.com
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on October 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I don't think "What Color is Your Parachute" is a perfect book, it is certainly an excellent starting point for anyone embarking on a career path. As a professional coach, I find that is particularly well-suited to young people starting out and older people making career transitions.

The major strength of the book is that it provides a systematic roadmap from confusion through finding a job that is well matched to both your talents, passions and the needs of the market place. Many career coaching approaches neglect focusing on introspection and finding out what skills you most enjoy using and instead focus on what you are good at, but don't necessarily enjoy. Mr. Bolles does a good job of balancing all of these areas.

I also like that this book gets into matching more than just skills to a career choice. It looks a geographical preference, working environment preferences and categories of skills such as working with people, information and things. Knowing what ratio of these basic categories of tasks is best for you is a simple, but valuable insight. So are the intangible aspects that come along with a particular kind of work.

Another thing that Mr. Bolles does that I appreciate and find a lot of value in is looking at peak experiences inside and outside of work and mining them for both skills and values. I think this is an important key to finding the right work and a way to override negative scripts that often drive our behaviors unconsciously. This is also important information for finding the right key words to put in the resume for good emotional punch.

This book also makes the realities of the job market very clear. Whether people like it or not, networking, research on companies and being prepared is important.
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153 of 181 people found the following review helpful By S. Yard on February 23, 2006
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I think maybe this author is a little too comfortable with how successful his book has been in the past, because this edition was so overstuffed with anecdotal and sometimes patronizingly excessive information that I had a hard time actually finding useful stuff. It's in there, but you really have to weed through a lot of fluff to find it. I much preferred the "Cool Careers for Dummies" book, which actually gives practical ways for you to look "inward" and figure out what you want to do with your life. Plus, they have realistic, straightforward information about careers that might interest you. Mr. Bolles may have a lot of experience and think that readers are hanging on his every word, but I did not buy the book to read it for pleasure, I just want to find a career, and some practical ways to get me there without all of the useless banter.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Moore on March 8, 2007
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A good friend sent "What Color Is Your Parachute?" in 1977 with a paper clip around a group of pages of the Preface (or Introduction as the case may have been). His note said, "If you don't read any more than this, at least read the part I've marked with the paperclip." It was one of the best gifts I've ever received. I'd just been shown the gate by my employer and was living far from friends and family, newly married, and just generally in deep [stuff].

I began reading the book and it "grabbed me." I did not stop reading until I "loxed out" at 3 a.m. In the morning, I resumed and finished the book. Mr. Bolles refreshes the book each year based on comments from readers and changes in job markets that are relevant to job-hunters and career-changers.

I got the best job ever using one of the principles discussed in the book, and I never really got to the point of methodically hunting for my job. I was lucky! But I did stop following the wrong methods, and that alone improved my mood. Sending resumes and reading, "Thanks for your interest in [our company]. Unfortunately . . . at this time." has a real "down" effect on one's ego --- have you noticed? :-)

I have returned my friend's favor over the last 30 years by giving the book to people whom I think would benefit. This has been a banner year for me; I've given four so far and it's only March!

The book is about the whole process of finding the kind of employment that will suit the reader and it begins by analyzing the most popular methods, responding to "Help Wanted" advertising by sending a resume with a letter. Anyone who reads the first chapter, will begin saving money on postage and Kinko's copier bills! Mr. Bolles lays out the numbers and lets the reader figure the odds.
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