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Product Details

  • Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd edition (August 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607745550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607745556
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the 25 Books that Have Shaped Readers’ Lives." 
—Center for the Book, Library of Congress

“. . . 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

“This is a fantastic tool useful to almost everyone. . . . It’s so darn useful because it is about more than just ‘finding a job.’”
—Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities

“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.” 
Fortune

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Interesting, well written and researched.
Anna Grassini
This timeless work is all about what I call "Action Learning." We have to take personal action to truly bring this incredible contribution to life.
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I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new job.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bassocantor TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is widely recognized each year as the top guide to finding a job. Various editions of this book have sold MILLIONS. It is easy to see why. The author has extensive experience in the field, and backs up his ideas with impressive evidence. The research the author has done is impressive. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? 2015 is not just a book of some off-the-top-of-my head notions; these are recommendations based on extensive study and research. His recommendations are backed up by FACTS not theory. What else would you expect from a trained physicist?

► THINGS I LIKED THE MOST ◄
♦ Insight into the actual interviewing process--especially the suggested time to take (minimum and maximum) for your responses.

♦ Bolles provides "Conversation Tips" to use for your interview preparation. This section alone is worth the price of the book. For example, "Conversation Tip #12,"Employers don't care about your past; they just ask about it as a way to predict your FUTURE behavior.

♦ Suggested response to the common question, "Tell me about yourself." Bolles notes, "How you answer that question will determine your fate during the rest of the interview."

♦ The 5 key questions that the applicant must know:
-Why are you here?
-What can yo do for us?
-What kind of person are you?
-What distinguishes you from other people?
-Can I afford you?

♦ Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation. I was already aware of some of these, such as not being too quick to mention a salary first.

♦ Suggestions on how to best use social/networking sites like LinkedIn.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ladybug TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
This has been an invaluable resource for me and for my husband during his job search. I can't believe how difficult the process has been this time around, and I was feeling incredibly discouraged. (Of course, he was, too.)

This book really helped us both start to feel hope again, and it also offered extremely practical and useful advice for getting through periods of unemployment, finding a career counselor, discovering personal skills and preferences, networking, interviewing, negotiating a salary and better benefits, among so many other things.

The book also has a pretty extensive Myers Briggs-type personality exercise (the Flower Petal exercise) that helps you figure out what jobs you like doing, who you like to work with, where you like to work, the salary you want, and what your overall mission or goal in life is.

Some examples of good bits of advice and insight:

***There is no such thing as one big category of "employers." They are all unique. And the process of finding a job--and especially the process of interviewing--is such a subjective experience. Sometimes it just won't make sense. Sometimes you will do everything right, but the interviewer may not like you. You just have to find that employer that you "click" with--and don't feel bad when you don't click with someone you interviewed with; it happens.

***Always, always write a thank-you note. This is advice we've all heard before, but I couldn't believe how much of a difference this one small act made.

***Employers are primarily concerned about risk. They worry that you don't really have the skills the job requires. Or they worry you will quit too soon, and they will lose money on you. Or they worry you will make them look stupid to THEIR supervisors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hawod on September 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One of the important skills one should have in our modern society is the ability to look and be successful in getting a job. Unfortunately, many of us are not well-equipped nor skilled enough to navigate our way around the job market. Moreover some of us are intentionally or unintentionally misinformed by others on how we should go about the transition in between jobs. We are getting multitude of answers and finally get a job only to find out that we are not satisfied; then the cycle starts again.

But good news! There is a book that can help us not just only to get a job but find ourselves as well. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 by Richard N. Bolles gives us an insightful view of what is happening in the current job market. This book is updated yearly so you can be sure that the information is always fresh and most of the time relevant. If you are not looking for a job, you can still benefit by gaining the knowledge of what you really want to do. As a result of this you may begin to question your existence in your current role and find yourself a more fulfilling place work for.

Here are just several of the reasons why you should consider reading this book:
1. If you want to get an understanding of why there are still so many unemployed people while employers are still finding it hard to fill in their vacancies, this book will enlighten us.
2. You will get a better understanding of your situation. You will realize that not every employer will like you, but there are several or many employers who are looking for someone who is exactly like you. Your task is to look for them.
3. It will teach you that just using your resume and sending it to different employers is not the most effective way to get an invitation for an interview.
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