- Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd An edition (August 17, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158008270X
- ISBN-13: 978-1580082709
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,043 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – August 17, 2010
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“What Color Is Your Parachute is deservedly the world’s most popular job hunting book…. This 2011 edition is as relevant today as when it was first published. Dick Bolles insightfully stays on the cutting edge of job searching and the book is full of new and updated suggestions, along with the classic advice that continues to hold true today.”
--Alison Doyle, About.com Job Search Guide
“If I were job hunting, I would pick up a copy of this book without hesitation.”
“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
“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.”
“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”
--Anne Fisher, Fortune
“It was one of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.”
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I found a lot of valuable information in the book and also got validation of some of the tactics I had already been using. Job hunting is time-consuming and expensive. The $15 or so that you will pay for this book is well worth it.
As a manual for new grads or people re-evaluating their profession I think this is still an incredibly valuable resource, I just didn't find it as helpful for my particular situation.
Taken as a whole, the method and the exercises laid out would require hours upon hours of thoughtful reflection and research, even with high speed Internet on your side. It’s not wholly practical, either, given that many organizations in the social sector or elsewhere may not be able to turn around and hire someone into a new position that has not been planned for or budgeted, even if that someone shows a lot of promise. This leaves you empowered, self-aware, and still without a job.
Bolles recommends supplementing this process with more standard job search techniques like tapping into your existing professional network for leads and sending your resume and cover letter in response to job postings. I would go one step further in suggesting that you devote equal energy to “carving a job in the shape of you” and seeking out existing opportunities that will utilize your skills, appeal to your interests, and give you room to grow. Making a serious investment of your time in figuring out what skills and interests you want to spend the rest of your life utilizing seems a worthwhile endeavor, too, even if you forgo the rest of the book’s prescriptions or don’t find a perfect match in the job market.
Whether or not you follow him to the letter, Bolles’ approach to the job hunt remains nearly as relevant and just as radical today as it was in 1978, 1989, or any other year since he first shared it with the world decades ago.