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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2009: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

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The #1 best-selling career book of all time, revised and updated to keep pace with today's ever-changing job market.

Still the best-selling job-hunting book in the world, WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? is the most complete guide for first-time job seekers as well as second and encore careers changers. For more than three decades, it remains a mainstay on best-seller lists, f
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Ten Speed Press
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I had imagined this would be a simple guide helping people to gain employment, little did I realise that this was all to the greater glory of God and would have nothing to do with parachutes.

"God loves a Trinity", the particularly irritating little kid who used to regularly beat me at chess when I was a student in Russia (view spoiler) used to like saying, an
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best job-hunting book I read so far! What makes it better is the author Richard Nelson Bolles is also a Christian. By reading this book, I understand more about the new job search techniques. I guess the hard part is really practicing it cause networking IS hard. I really appreciate the chapter about job interviewing, letting me know how it is like a "date," so I won't be as nervous. I think either way, you will still be nervous since our natural tendency is for the other person to l ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I hate the title. I hate many of the cartoons and illustrations. I really hate the writing style. But I love the information in this book (and its previous incarnations). It's filled with practical information on job searching and careers. The author has useful tips and strategies for people of all ages, interests, abilities, and income levels. And the later chapters focus on the search for meaningful work, not the highest grossing/most prestigious/easiest to find job.

I have read this when I'm l
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adriana by:
Shelves: business
I can never say enough of the What Color Is Your Parachute books. They are excellent.
Terguunjargal Jargal
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really down to earth book, that contains useful guidelines
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is dissatisfied with their current job and is looking to make a big change
I really like this book and highly recommend it. It is a fast read from a reading perspective, which is good b/c you want to be able to spend your time on your career hunt, not on reading a book about career hunting. However, it is extremely thorough and addresses many of the questions that other job hunting/self-help books don't. This book makes no assumptions at all and literally walks you step by step through an entire career change process, leaving no stone unturned. There were so many valua ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
First of all - it is a very good and very helpful book. I still haven't gone over all the tips/exercises that would let me use what I've read, but the book was a good read.

What I liked from the start was how positive and optimistic (and also calming) the author looks at hunting for a job (having lost a job and needing a new one). It is a good starting point and the way he writes you feel less panicky about the situation and take a deep breath.

There are many useful tips and ideas I hadn't conside
Currently reading the 2009 edition. Will update when Goodreads adds the new edition to their database...

3/2009: Job hunt suspended due to crap economy making me afraid of starting at another company unless absolutely necessary. That said, I really recommend this book. I thought I already knew the usual places to go look for jobs, but this book led me to a number of resources I hadn't even heard of. It also gives what seems to be very practical advice concerning just about every aspect of the job
Jun 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, academic
OK, I actually read this one when I was just out of high school, but as a college professor (yes, I still teach a class or two) I advise my students to go here. It's a great primer for those who are "looking." And of course, over the years it's been updated and improved, so that's a plus. And the fact that it's still around in its advanced versions is a testiment to its usefulness and continuing application in today's work-a-day world.
Simon Rindy
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those with a lot of time for self examination and tolerance for charts
Shelves: lfpl-org
WILftB: That I do not have sufficient time to devote to this endeavor. This is a "clear the decks" sort of book--devote blocks of time and energy to the text, and self-knowledge will be yours. However, those blocks of time and energy must be substantial.
At its core, a solid career/self awareness guide; but, it suffers considerably from being inexcusably outdated (2009 edition).
Apr 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Read this book many years ago to understand the process one must work
through in changing professions and getting a job. It is a fascinating
journey of discovering skills that we all have and do not recognize as
anything special. Going through any learning process, leaves you a changed person-as does this book. This book must be helping people because it has become a yearly.
Kathleen Duffy
May 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I had to read this in conjunction with a summer internship for my major. I'm sorry, but I just did not like this book. It took me nearly a month to complete, and I absolutely love reading. I didn't think the final chapter about Christianity was necessary either. Now I get to write a big paper on the book. Great.
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read
This is a great reference book. I thought I would read it cover to cover when I first got laid off, but it was really just a fantastic pick-me-up and source of advice during the job search, interview process, and hiring negotiations. I think I'll come back to it more when I'm in the application process for grad school.
Mar 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone going into college/or looking for a job
Recommended to Stacey by: Allison
Shelves: non-fiction
I am contemplating the idea of getting my masters in library science with an eye on becoming an elementary school librarian. A friend of mine encouraged me to read this book.

This didn't really apply to the stage of life I am in, but I had William read a couple chapters that applied to his current career situation.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a refreshing and inspirational book with many suggestions and ideas. While I did not have the time to complete all activities (I borrowed the book), I still managed to get much out of this book.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who has just graduated or is about to graduate college NEEDS to read this book. From how to interview, to what the best way of finding a job is, it contains everything about the job world that they did not teach us in school.
Barry Davis
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Updated yearly, this is considered the “bible” of career change and job search. Excellent information presented in an entertaining and whimsical manner, yet may be too overwhelming for the average searcher.
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
As part of my HR inventory class, this was one of our textbooks. Great book for those in career transition.
Felice Lam
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
Some good ideas and resources; however, some links are already broken.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great overall book to help identify the elemental interests that underlie what one enjoys.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-career
Very helpful book. I think it's the most comprehensive one in it's genre.
Apr 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
necessary.. doesn't mean i like it!
Sep 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Bought the updated copy.
Stu Morgan
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
MOre relevant than ever, nicely updated for web world, includes a plethora of on-line resources.
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work-related
Prefered "Rebound" - see "Read" Shelf
Oct 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Still relevant after all these years...a huge help and guide if you are job-hunting or looking to change your career in mid-life. I highly recommend it.
Michal Łaszczyk
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Didn't like it that much actually.
Bob McDonald
Oct 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for anyone who is going through a change in careers, be it by choice or not.
Vilija Pauliukonis
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I very much appreciate is Christian perspective--both that it's there, and that it's not in your face.
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Dick Bolles, more formally known as Richard Nelson Bolles, was a former Episcopal clergyman, a member of high-IQ society Mensa, and the author of the best-selling job-hunting book, What Color is Your Parachute? The book remained on The New York Times best-seller list for more than a decade and has sold over 10 million copies.
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