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What Color is Your Parachute 2012 by Richard N. Bolles - Excerpt

What Color is Your Parachute 2012 by Richard N. Bolles - Excerpt

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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.”

To read more about What Color is Your Parachute or Richard N. Bolles please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
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.”

To read more about What Color is Your Parachute or Richard N. Bolles please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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This is an annual. That is to say, it is revised each year, often substantially, with the newedition appearing in the early fall. Counselors and others wishing to submit additions, cor-rections, or suggestions for the 2013 edition must submit them prior to February 1, 2012,using the form provided in the back of this book, or by e-mail (dickbolles40@gmail.com).Forms reaching us after that date will, unfortunately, have to wait for the 2014 edition.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE
This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regardto the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is notengaged in rendering professional career services. If expert assistance is required, theservice of the appropriate professional should be sought.Copyright © 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002,2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988,1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1972, 1970by Richard Nelson Bolles.All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of theCrown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comwww.tenspeed.comTen Speed Press and the Ten Speed Press colophon are registered trademarksof Random House, Inc.Jacket people illustrations (upper left to lower right) copyright © Shutterstock.com/sculpies;iStockphoto.com/enjoynz; iStockphoto.com/4x6; iStockphoto.com/Illustrious.Photo of Phil Wood by R. Philip Hanes, courtesy of Mrs. Charlotte Hanes.The drawings on pages vi-vii, 37, 230, and 258–59 are by Steven M. Johnson,author of
What the World Needs Now.
Illustration on page 72 by Beverly Anderson.ISBN: 978-1-60774-010-0 (paper)ISBN: 978-1-60774-011-7 (cloth)ISSN: 8755-4658Printed in the United States of America on recycled paper (20% PCW)Front cover design by Patty Benson of Goodsite Web Solutions, Santa Cruz, CABack cover design by Colleen CainInterior design by Betsy Stromberg and Colleen Cain10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Revised Edition

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fist_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The good thing is that this book offers a methodology and some tools to help people define what kind of job they could next go for. There also are some useful pieces of advice in there (such as: the only goal of a resume is to get you invited).It is a very American book which assumes that job-seekers and potential employers work from an American mindset in a highly-developed and transparant capitalistic society. 'Personal re-invention' isn't a strong value in Europe, and employers might not find certain re-inventions credible, nor be willing to employ people at a much lower level than their previous salary. Research on salary levels is probably also going to be much more difficult outside of the US. The two things that bothered me most, is that the book tries to be the final career re-orientation book for everyone, frequently giving examples such as "so it turns out that the career that would make you happiest is welding". Lots of respect for welders, but mid-career executives often have a much more diffuse skill set than manual labourers, and their career analysis tools might arguably need a bit more sophistication and allow for more parameters.The other one is found in the 70 pages Appendices, where suddenly it is stated that our First Mission in Life is "to know God, and to see His hand in everything". I find that kind of surreptitious religious indoctrination by advice-givers morally dubious, not to say objectionable.
masuly_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
great book that helps you to clarify what are you all about when it comes to looking for a new job, with its help you will be clear about your strength and weaknesses, takes you from which direction you want to go that suits your personality to spesific strategies to get the job you need
bacis88 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Packed with extremely relevant information for job seekers. A must have for anyone who has to work for a living, so basically everyone who's not royalty or married rich.
mykl8s reviewed this
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles (1979)
creamy_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Considering our economic hits right now, this books seems quite essential to many Americans. I read this book and much of it may come off as common sense when hunting for a job, but the author really does offer a plethora of options when pursuing jobs or careers. This book is a great guide when dealing with that treacherous job hunt that seems to annoy more than inspire us. I definitely recommend this book for anyone of any age of any field. It's that broad and that helpful.
rayski_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
A very positive approach to finding that next job and more importantly a new career.
danstratton reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book is the defacto job hunting book. While I haven't got a job yet, I can see what it teaches is sound. I am going to be following the steps over the next few weeks. Hopefully, it will work. :-) Stay tuned.Is this book just for those looking for a job? Absolutely not! I wish I would have read this book a couple years ago. Mr. Bolles has great advice for those who have jobs and know that someday they may have to look for a job. I can't imagine anyone today, other than the self-employed, who won't be in this situation eventually. Business doesn't offer lifetime employment anymore. Therefore, you better arm yourself and be prepared. If you wait until you need this book, you are too late. There are steps everyone should take as they work to make sure they can get the next job quickly. Who knows, you may even find a better job along the way. Save yourself the pain of being out of work.
alexthehunn reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Parachute book has been a standard work for many years now. I was managing a bookstore years ago when the first edition of the book hit the shelves. Over the years it has grown from a quirky curiosity to a standard in the industry. This particular edition now is twelve + years behind and I suspect that a newer version would offer some better insights and advice.
eviljohn_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
An intersting look at how to find the right career.
caitlinspencer reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book literally changed my life.

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