“One of the crucial first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most well liked.”—Fast Company
“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 wish to have out of life.”—Time
“It remains the go-to guide for everyone from midlife-crisis boomers looking to change their careers to college students looking to start one.”—New York Post
“Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”—Fortune
About the Author
Richard N. Bolles led the career development field for more than forty years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he served as the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned 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.
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It’s a Whole New World for Job-Hunters
If you are trying to understand yourself better, and what you have to offer to the world, this book is for you.
If you are out of work, and want some practical help, this book is for you.
If you are trying to understand how the world, and particularly the world of work, really works in this day and age, this book is for you.
If you’ve been out of work a long time, and think you’re now permanently unemployable, this book is for you.
If you’re on the edge of poverty in this day and age, this book is for you.
If you’ve got some disability, this book is for you.
If you’re trying to figure out a new career or your first career, this book is for you.
If you’re going to college and You’ll be able to’t figure out what to major in, this book is for you.
If you are trying to figure out what you wish to have to do next, with your life, this book is for you.
If you’re just graduating from college and have to live with your parents ’cause You’ll be able to’t find any work, this book is for you.
If you’re trying to figure out how to start your own business, this book is for you.
If you’re a returning vet, this book is for you.
If you’re facing retirement, and want to know what to do to support yourself, this book is for you.
A Two-Minute Crash Course on How Much Has Changed in the World of Work
Charles Dickens put it well: For some people, numerous people, this is the best of times. But for others of us, this is the worst of times. The rules of the game have changed. Without notice. And without warning. Especially for the job-hunt, or for those trying to make a career-change.
The job-hunt is behaving differently now, than it used to. Things have changed. Dramatically.
The tipping point was 2008. We all know what happened then: the so-called Great Recession, the worst financial disaster since the Great Depression in 1929. We have recovered, but the landscape has been fundamentally altered, long term. What used to work, doesn’t work anymore. What used to be easy, is now difficult or seemingly impossible. Our lament: Out of work. Made up a resume. Sent it to all the places I’m s’posed to. Went to all the Internet “job-boards” and looked for vacancies in my field. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month. All of this worked the last time I went job-hunting. But now? Strikeout! Nothing!
There are things we will be able to do about this. Believe me, there are. That’s what this book is all about. But before we change our strategies, we must know what we are up against.
1. Employers Changed, Job-Hunters Didn’t
2. The Length of the Average Job-Hunt Has Increased Dramatically
3. The Length of Time the Average Job Lasts Has Decreased Dramatically
4. The Way Jobs Are Done Is Changing Dramatically
5. Job-Hunting Is Increasingly Becoming a Repetitive Activity in the Lives of Many of Us
6. Job-Hunting Has Moved More and More Online
7. Increasingly Job-Hunters and Employers Speak Two Different Languages
No, it’s not all bad news. Think of these, instead, as challenges.
Sure, the workplace has changed dramatically since 2008.
And consequently, the job-hunt has changed dramatically since 2008.
Still, there is Hope. It’s not that there are no jobs (see chapter 2). It’s just that the old way you used to hunt for them doesn’t work very well anymore.
In today’s world, he or she who gets hired is not necessarily the one who can do that job best; but, the one who knows the most about how to get hired.
If you learn new advanced job-hunting skills, You’ll be able to not only live on. You’ll be able to thrive. The rest of this book is devoted to showing you exactly how to do just that.
With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2020, tailoring Richard Bolles’s long-trusted guidance with up to the moment information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers.NAMED ONE OF THE ALL-TIME 100 BEST NONFICTION BOOKS BY TIMEWhat Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually with more than ten million copies sold. This newly streamlined edition features the latest resources, case studies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so You’ll be able to focus your efforts on tactics that yield results. At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career—and your life—around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more. This practical manual also provides essential tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, networking effectively, interviewing with confidence, and negotiating the best salary imaginable. Whether you’re searching for your first job, were recently laid off, or are dreaming of a career change, What Color Is Your Parachute? will guide you toward a fulfilling and prosperous life’s work.