What Color Is your Parachute? 2012

What Color Is your Parachute? 2012

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The 40th Edition.  This is not your father's  Parachute ; and not your mother's, either. They'd be astounded at the changes. This book keeps building--in insight, helpfulness, relevance, and urgency--through new invention and information each year. And this year it's the critical resource to help Americans (and others) get back to work.
For forty years now job-hunters and career-changers have been turning to this,  the world's most popular job-hunting book , confident that each new annual edition will give them the most up-to-date information about the job-market and how to find meaningful work--even in the midst of challenging economic times such as these.
This year's edition of  What Color Is Your Parachute?  has been vastly rewritten, because job-hunting has increasingly become a survival skill. Career expert Richard N. Bolles describes the five strategies most needed to survive, and explains how to incorporate social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter into your job-search.
The new ideas are wrapped around the familiar core message of  Parachute : WHAT, WHERE, and HOW, with an emphasis on finding your passion and identifying your best transferable skills. With fresh insights into resumes, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation, and how to start your own business, this book will give you the tools, exercises, and motivation you need to find hope, land a job, and fulfill your purpose in life. In the words of  Fortune  magazine:
" Parachute  remains the gold standard of career guides."
Publisher: Berkeley [Calif.] : Ten Speed Press, [2012]
Edition: Fortieth anniversary edition, revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781607740766
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations
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May 29, 2018

I found it helpful, but some of the Christian bit was too heavy-handed for me.

JCLBreH Mar 27, 2017

Another excellent book to read especially if your considering changing jobs. When your in the job transition phase. This a place to start with this eBook read and download it to your tablet.

Apr 09, 2016

I just wanted to clear something up after gfsmith's review: this book is not spiritual. Maybe gfsmith was reading another edition, but I think the author does a really good job separating his beliefs from the main content. He tries to make the book relevant to everyone because I believe the author genuinely wants to help people; for a majority of the world religion is an important part of life so the author has an (optional) appendix on the religious aspect of job-searching. I'm as unreligious as they come. In fact I lecture casual atheists for not being unreligious enough, but this is a great, empowering book and one that I can say has unquestionably changed my life.

If you're fresh out of school, hate your job, hate your life, just got laid off, just got out of the military, or just want more out of life read this book. In fact, just read it anyway. I skipped the appendices (almost half of the book is appendices for special cases) and it's been very helpful to me. I've read it three times and will keep reading it.

Nov 04, 2014

This book is exactly what it purports to be: a tool for identifying your passions, transferrable skills, areas of interest, etc.

I read the 2007 edition right before moving to Seattle (and in fact, it was the impetus for that move and dramatic career shift). It was helpful in the self-reflection exercises, but of course the recession of 2008 changed the entire job marketplace, so "known things" quickly became outdated.

I was pleased to see that this 2015 edition addresses those changes, such as the majority of us employable adults going through several career and industry shifts in our lifetime, now. It was more than just "this is how you network". And although most of it is common sense, the logical layout of this book makes career changing seem less daunting.

I'd say it's got two major strengths:
A) The written exercises. If you do nothing else with this book, fill out all the prompts, and do the organization/graphing exercises. It WILL help you identify your strengths and interests, speaking directly to what industry you want AND how to write your resume and cover letters
B) The advice on research. It's so tempting to skip this and be lazy, but the concept of reaching out and asking questions and taking the time to really research a company and/or position is invaluable. And easier than you'd think, with tools like LinkedIn letting us see how many connections we are from our dream jobs, at any given moment.

The only weakness is that it sometimes drags on a bit- but it's geared to be useful for first-time job seekers as well as veterans of the job market, so that's unsurprising.

I highly recommend it for anyone job hunting (career change, or not). Even if you know yourself backward and forward, it will help you tighten your resume, cover letter, and interview language. And that can make all the difference in getting hired.

The Bible of Job Search resources.

Mar 10, 2012

This book was very helpful to me as a recent graduate. It provides exercises and advice. This book is updated every year. The new 2012 book is said to include information about using social media in your job search. The 2011 book doesn't touch on social media, but does provide advice about searching for a job online, and the best ways to search for a job in general.

The exercises in this book are useful and force you to evaluate your own interests, if you are willing to complete them.

Other topics in the book include:
Best and worse ways to search for a job.
How to use a resume.
The most helpful job sites on the internet.
What interview questions can you expect and how to answer them.
Salary negotiation.
Starting my own business.
How to find more purpose in my next job.

debwalker Sep 23, 2011

Wow - 40 years. So many of today's jobs didn't exist in 1971, and vice versa.

dragonsnakes Mar 17, 2011

Excellent resource for job hunters


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