What Color is Your Parachute?

Finding The Next Job


A Practical Manual for Veterans Changing Careers

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.

The formulaic approach forces you to delve deeply into your skills and interests to help identify suitable job choices.  It provides realistic guidance, coupled with the recognition that job hunting is still difficult, and requires perseverance and resilience to keep trying in the midst of rejection and disappointment.  This book gives you an advantage in your job hunt by pointing out pitfalls and ways to strengthen your positioning to become more competitive in the job market.  There are no easy steps in the job-hunting process, and the same is true for career-changers, but you can up your odds by following the time-tested advice in the book.
For instance, Bolles emphasizes the importance of taking the initiative to pursue the company you are specifically interested in to increase your odds of having your resume seen versus long odds of using a random approach such as a job board posting.  Bolles stresses throughout the book that the job hunt is more of an art than science and is often dependent on luck and personal contacts.  The chapter on how to start your own business seems like an afterthought, but it will give you a broad roadmap to initiate your information gathering for this venture.  Some of the material seems dated.  For example, I don’t know many people who would be successful at getting a job by just showing up at the desired place of employment, especially without an appointment or preliminary contact.
Overall, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 is a useful guide, especially for those new to the job hunting conundrum.

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