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5.0 out of 5 stars The Evergreen of Career Guidance Books, 24 Feb 2010
This review is from: What Color is Your Parachute? 2010: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers (Paperback)
Dick Bolles's Parachute is the ultimate job hunting handbook, packed with advice, experience, knowledge, and tips. It is not beyond reproach - some may find it a tad preachy, others the grammar overly quirky - but the canny reader should look beyond to the accumulated wisdom within. Bolles's personal flower diagram, whereby you lay out your transferable skills, interests, values etc to try and envision the job of your dreams, remains the single most useful tool in bottom-up career planning. For the alternative top-down, demand-driven, passion-driven approach, where you identify a range of jobs that inspire you and systematically screen them for fit with your strengths, the reader should look elsewhere. But Bolles's everlasting Parachute remains the yardstick by which all career guidance books are judged.

Vaughan Evans, business and career strategist
Author, BACKING U! A Business-Oriented Approach to Backing Your Passion and Achieving Career Success
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2010 08:58:43 BDT
Dr John says:
I read Vaughan's review of "Parachute" and ended up buying his book "Backing U" today, as it seems much more geared to the UK. I know "Parachute" is the bible of career development, but liked Vaughan's generous review of the latter, so I know his book will be genuine. I have lived for many years in the USA and know from experience how preachy and over-the-top their 'gurus' can be (Elmer Gantry, played by Burt Lancaster, always comes to mind!). I look forward to reading Backing U.

Posted on 8 Jul 2011 23:26:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2011 23:54:47 BDT
wozinaname says:
You are confusing top down and bottom up career planning. What Colour is your Parachute is a top down planning book.
http://getrichcheap.wordpress.com/2007/11/12/career-planning/
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