- Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised, Updated edition (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781607745556
- ISBN-13: 978-1607745556
- ASIN: 1607745550
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – August 12, 2014
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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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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I always gravitate back to the information in What Color is Your Parachute and about every 3-5 years purchase the latest edition. The 2015 edition is worthy of my library. It contains great information about Social Media, Google as a "resume", etc.
Whatever you do, the place to start is with yourself, learning who you are at this point in your life and what it is that is meaningful to you is essential to career success. In my many years of professional career counseling I would say this is the step is most often glossed over and given little attention. The reasons why are many but the outcome is pretty much the same, dissatisfaction with a career choice, job, company, etc.
There are few other books that provide so many tools to help you explore who you are and what you want. Even if you think you know what you want go through the steps in this book and it will either confirm your conclusion which will build your confidence in your choice or it will provide insight into other directions which can be exciting and help you avoid wasting time and resources pursuing something you aren't meant to do. Both directions are valuable.
About 1/3 of the book is an exercise of finding what color you parachute is, which is basically an exercise to find what you like and eventually help you determine what you really want in life.
The last third of the book is religious and the author prefaces it by saying so and somewhat justifying it. I skipped it and don't penalize the inclusion of the subject.
Overall, I took several tips from the book for my interviews and for negotiating salary. Otherwise the rest is not useful for those in STEM jobs in my opinion, unless you're moving to management, in which case the parachute exercise may help you decide.
I bought this for a friend, but I took a look. Looking back at when I struggled to find a job, when I learned how the new game worked, it was a paradigm changer. Not a book you read cover to cover- It addresses various scenarios like if you are a transitioning veteran, if you are underemployed, if you are looking for a new start, and other things like that.
Whenever I mentor people, I will definitely encourage them to read this book. Highly recommended.