- Series: What Color Is Your Parachute?
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Revised ed. edition (August 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039957820X
- ISBN-13: 978-0399578205
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – August 16, 2016
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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.”
“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.”
“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, AUTHOR OF COOL TOOLS: A CATALOG OF POSSIBILITIES
About the Author
RICHARD N. BOLLES has led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelor's degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master's degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates.
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Problem 1: this book is full of redirection
This means long or old websites, often specific articles, common knowledge search sites or government websites. A better book would sum up or synthesize this information. Even better, if this book were online, the long links would actually be useful. The tool set offered by paper and ink simply doesn't make sense for the sheer amount of links and tech direction. But the problem with web peripherals or even the internet is that access to the same information is free for the user.
Problem 2: similarly, the book endlessly plugs its workbooks and other materials. Many if not most footnotes refer to buying parachute workbooks. The book mentions non-parachute creations too, but in one case, this turned out to be a 2 dollar, mediocre 'work' tracker app that reputedly makes suggestions for your job search based on how many interviews you've been invited to. I can't imagine this being seriously recommended to anyone. There was no worksheet or on paper direction to do this for yourself, either, so I have to guess that this was either a bad rec or the writer was getting kickback from the app maker. Which brings me to my final point...
Problem 3: filler
Go to a bookstore, scan the nonfiction section and look for books purporting to be informative. You'll see that regardless of topic they trend toward a thickness of at least 3/4ths of an inch. Book publishers know that a thicker book implies more information.
So this book beats around the bush, includes common sense information or even fills un formated paragraphs with step by steps on changing your Google settings.
Considering that I can get most of the advice from this book online and in a leaner format, I regret making a purchase a little bit.
Side note: Over twenty years ago, I saw What Color is Your Parachute in my college library. I thought to myself what a stupid name. Now I wished I would have picked up the book them. It would have save me so much time and money.