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What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (What Color Is Your Parachute?)


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The 40th anniversary edition of the world’s leading job-hunting and career-change guide features time-tested strategies and cutting-edge updates to key exercises, making this the most compelling and helpful Parachute ever.

Career guru Richard N. Bolles has been watching the job market go up and down—and helping job-hunters find their way through it—for four decades. In this anniversary edition of his best-selling guide, Bolles features the best-of-the-best of his advice and uses his hard-earned wisdom to teach job-hunters how to respond to challenging economic times. With tips on navigating social media and using the Internet to job-search more effectively, along with updates to his famed Transferable Skills Inventory and job-field exercises, this edition enables job-searchers and career-changers to clarify their goals and skills more easily, find job openings more quickly, stand out from the pack, and land a dream job.

About the Author

RICHARD N. BOLLES has led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. He continues to travel extensively for speaking engagements, and conducts intensive five-day career workshops quarterly in his home. Bolles holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates.

Table of Contents

The 2012 Table of Contents


Preface: The 40th Anniversary Edition of This Book     xii

Grammar and Language Note     xvi



Chapter 1: How to Find Hope     3

Chapter 2: Survival Skills You Most Need in Today’s World     13


I. Attitudes Necessary for Survival

Chapter 3: The Three Attitudes Necessary for Survival     23

Chapter 4: How to Deal with Handicaps     37


II. Advanced Job-Finding Techniques

Chapter 5: The Best and Worst Ways to Look for Those Job Vacancies That Are Out There     51

Chapter 6: Do I Really Need a Resume?     73

Chapter 7: Networking in This Age of Social Media     91

Chapter 8: Sixteen Tips About Interviewing     115

Chapter 9: The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation     141


III. Advanced Job-Creation Techniques

Chapter 10: Starting Your Own Business     157

Chapter 11: Being Inventive Is Key to Survival     173

Chapter 12: How to Choose a New Career     177


IV. Inventory of What You Have to Offer the World

Chapter 13: Self-Inventory (The Flower Exercise)     189

          What skills do you most enjoy using?

          Where do you want to use those skills?

          How do you find the name of that kind of job (or jobs)?


V. Each One Teach One

Chapter 14: Teaching Survival Job-Hunting to Others     273


The Pink Pages

Appendix A: Finding Your Mission in Life     284

Appendix B: A Guide to Dealing with Unemployment Depression     303

Appendix C: A Guide to Choosing a Career Coach or Counselor     313

Appendix D: Sampler List of Coaches     330


About the Author     350

Index          351

Update 2012     359

Foreign Editions     360

Additional Helpful Resources from the Author      361



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A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
Bolles, Richard N
Bolles, Richard N.
Ten Speed Press
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