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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – August 13, 2013
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One of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.”
“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”
“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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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*A completely revised and restructured PARACHUTE for 2005.
*Focuses on the rising problem of unemployment in the economys current jobless recovery.
*Offers new techniques to help job seekers find meaningful work and mission.
*200,000 copy first printing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I came across this book online and decided to give it a shot because of the great reviews. It would also be something I could add to my research. My initial assumption was that there would be some personality tests in this book, eventually giving you a color category (as the title seems to suggest), to use as a guide for what career fields could be best for you in that color grouping. I would have found this to be more useful, because giving me a list of jobs based on my personality color code that I could research would have been beneficial. A simple point the right direction. Unfortunately, this was not what it was at all. It involves a lot of projects, lists, thinking, and time. One project even suggests to take weeks to finish it if need be. I found myself being more frustrated and lost more than anything. The projects are very extensive and I feel like they are almost a distraction. I just wanted to get through them because I kept waiting for the book to get more interesting or helpful, but it just seemed to drone on and on about techniques that I feel would just simply not work. Once I finally finished my flower to the best of my ability, it gives you a Holland Code, which ultimately pulled up next to nothing when I tried to research my code. Things like Architecture, and Construction? I feel like those are so generic and not fitting of my personality at all. I found myself using the examples a lot for my tables, because the lists seem to become repetitive and I would run out of ideas pretty quickly. This was frustrating also because I felt like I wasn't being true to myself having to keep using the examples to come up with ideas. I knew there would be little tests in this book, but nothing like what I expected. I got bored quickly and really had to force myself to get through it.
I wanted this book to help me so bad, but it ultimately left me in the same place I was before. Frustrated, clueless, and back to what I was doing before. These tips would be good I think for people who are not shy. I'm not shy, but I'm also not a pushy person. It stresses not to be 'pushy', but I feel like that's exactly what it would be. For a more reserved person like me, I'm not going to walk into a place I'd like a job and ask them to create one for me. Most people would look at you like you are nuts if you tried to do that. It just seems bizarre to me. I feel like this was a key point in the book--to be outgoing. Get out there and get yourself known. Step out of your comfort zone. I have no interest in doing that. I would just like a step in the right direction, not tips on how to annoy people. Even the interviewing tips were a bit out there. I sat there and thought about all the interviews I'd been in over the past few years and I just feel like the tips would have made the interviewers think I was a total jerk with outrageous demands. One of the tests was also based solely around "all of the places you've lived"...ok, well I've lived in two places in my life, 5 minutes from each other. How can a whole petal of the flower be based on "all these different places" if you haven't lived all over the country? Again, frustrating.
I was hoping this book would help point me in the right direction, but it didn't. It genuinely made me sad that I spent so much time doing the exercises and reading, got all the way to the end, knowing nothing different then before.
I see that it's a best-seller, and that people rave about this and have "turned their lives around", so, what did I miss here?
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.
MILITARY - buy and read this book. It gives you the tools you need in order to apply logic and processed thought into a much tighter job search.
MILITARY LEADERS - gift this book to your soldiers, sailors, marines, etc., that are getting out. Give it to them early enough for them to work through the book and then follow-up and help them develop a plan. I can't think of a better investment for a future civilian.
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.