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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru of Jobhunting
Its simple and sypathetic to those who really don't know what to do in their career. But it's also useful for those who have a direction and a plan. Richard writes with humour and candour to show that all is not lost and you can get the job you want. A series of uncomplicated exercises will reveal your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. This gives you a basis...
Published on 31 Oct 2003 by Mr Tee Jay

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2.0 out of 5 stars Limited use - but excellent for that
I did not like the job hunting material in Parachute, but the Flower exercise in the appendix is the best of its kind that I have seen.
The advice Mr Bolles offers on CV writing and on conducting (and selling!) oneself in the interview is very limited and directed far too much to the American market. He almost seems to expect one to have that sort of insight already,...
Published on 31 Aug 2004 by Jos Browne


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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru of Jobhunting, 31 Oct 2003
This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2004: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunting and Career Changes (Paperback)
Its simple and sypathetic to those who really don't know what to do in their career. But it's also useful for those who have a direction and a plan. Richard writes with humour and candour to show that all is not lost and you can get the job you want. A series of uncomplicated exercises will reveal your strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. This gives you a basis for moving on to choose sectors where you might like to work. It's a gradual process and the book reccommends innovative and different ways to find jobs that satisfy and can be excelled in. He adds a spiritual touch and is clearly the expert in his field. It's a great book. He's a great author.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited use - but excellent for that, 31 Aug 2004
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This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2004: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunting and Career Changes (Paperback)
I did not like the job hunting material in Parachute, but the Flower exercise in the appendix is the best of its kind that I have seen.
The advice Mr Bolles offers on CV writing and on conducting (and selling!) oneself in the interview is very limited and directed far too much to the American market. He almost seems to expect one to have that sort of insight already, probably stemming from the fact that he has been writing on this subject for over 30 years. He is just too far removed from the reality of someone who needs help on writing a selling CV and getting ready for a searching interview. Also, I did not enjoy the religious overtones.
That being said, if you are unsure of your next move or of your long term plan, this is a great book and worth the cover price just for the material in the appendix. Lots of good ideas here, but look elsewhere for job hunting advice.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read, there's hope for everybody..., 18 Feb 2004
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This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2004: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunting and Career Changes (Paperback)
Dick Bolles is a job-hunter's god. He explains all sorts of unconventional methods for jobhunters and also examines common pitfalls that seem so obvious, yet we ignore them. He understands that people have different needs- some people want to make a potentially lifechanging jobhunt, thers are looking for positions similar to old ones, etc. Bolles shows his experience in the anecdotes he tells. Inspirational stuff. The man is a legend.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have the motivation this will work for you, 14 July 2004
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This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2004: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunting and Career Changes (Paperback)
This book inspired me to achieve and, for that reason alone, I can't recommend it enough. I left school at 16 with a handful of fairly mediocre qualifications and a decent work ethic but no real idea of what I wanted to do. Having drifted through a couple of administrative jobs, picking up a few skills on the way, I was handed a copy of Dick's book when I mentioned to a trainer at work that I was minded to study in the evening to get more qualifications.
Now, it wasn't easy but - within a year of reading it - I had enrolled in evening school, within two years of that I had my A levels while still at work and resigned my current post as I had secured a place at an excellent university to read law. I worked around this course to financially support myself. I qualified as a lawyer in a top rated firm five years ago. It works. Thank you for giving me the belief and confidence to do all of this Mr Bolles.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still full of fresh ideas, 22 July 2004
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This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2004: A Practical Guide for Job-Hunting and Career Changes (Paperback)
It may not be the newest title but is still frersh and updated to include the role of the web. It covers the a-z of finding a job with lots of creative ways of envisioning your potential career paths. It is a title that does not really date in terms of the substance of its coverage.
There is a lot a material including tips on starting your own business. A good read, but one you can dip into when you need practical advice or perhaps some inspiration.
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