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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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