What Color Is Your Parachute?


What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Author: Richard Bolles

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Publication Date: Revised edition August 16, 2016

Genre: Job Hunting & Careers

Purchase: Kindle; Hardcover; Paperback


The world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2017 to tailor its long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.

In today’s challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work–and which don’t. This revised and updated edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.



There is a reason this book has been popular with recent grads and people looking to change career paths for years, What Color is Your Parachute is a wealth of information for any job hunter or career changer. I love that it is updated yearly since things are constantly changing. Ten or so years ago there were certain sites I ALWAYS used for job hunting and they worked well. When I found myself looking for a new job almost 6 years ago, I found what use to work no longer did! An interesting, yet frightening statistic from the book: From 1994 through 2008, roughly half of all unemployed job-seekers found jobs within five weeks. Ony 10% of them spending more than a year looking for work. After 2008, a far greater proportion from 22%to 30% of all unemployed persons in the U.S. are spending more than a year looking for work. I have been with my current company for almost 5 1/2 years and in that time there have been so many changes when it comes to job hunting.

It is nice to be able to have a guide that is revised yearly! I will warn you this is a large book (368 pages) but has so much information it is worth the read. Also, each chapter in the book is broken up into smaller parts, so easy to stop and start again as needed. In this book there are tips on interviewing for a job, writing an impressive resume and how to negotiate your salary among other things. You can also just read the first chapter and then the parts that pertain to you. My favorite part about this book is the self-inventory. Here you learn more about your skills, your strengths and weaknesses so you can find your dream job.

Paige’s Rating ★★★★★

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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