What Color is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers Paperback – 16 Aug 2016
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"One of the 25 books that have shaped readers' lives."
CENTER FOR THE BOOK, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
. . . one of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.
"What Color Is Your Parachute? "is about job-hunting and career-changing, but it s also about figuring out who you are as a person and what you want out of life.
Ideally, everyone should read "What Color Is Your Parachute? "in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.
This is a fantastic tool useful to almost everyone. . . . It s so darn useful because it is about more than just finding a job.
--Kevin Kelly, Author of Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities
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. 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.
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I bought it on the recommendation of a brilliantly successful friend- he'd heard it was 'the one to buy'.
I'm open-minded: a teacher looking to change career after becoming sick of whinging about my over-worked, under-appreciated lot.
When this book asked me to think about the 'type of person I'd be drawn to at a party', as if it's possible to immediately and successfully categorise such a thing, I chucked it. It encourages you to make endless and meaningless charts to try and quantise your skills, as if it's possible to then understand what you're intending to sell. It encourages you to slot yourself into clean easy categories, to try and clarify what you want.
Worst of all, it delivers it in a babbling prose that tries to befriend you.
So, I'd gotten about 50% through its content. Noticing the pink pages, I checked them out. Here's a quote: "Your first mission here on Earth.. is to seek to stand hour by hour in the conscious presence of God, the One from whom your Mission is derived". Need I say more. I'm sure that if you're into God, you'll be stoked. I certainly wasn't and if I'd known about this content would not have purchased the thing.
If you're still reading, here's the book that eventually helped me and made enormous sense- recommended by the ex head of a global advertising firm- "Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. This is pragmatic and well researched set of observations by a Professor of Organisational Behaviour. "What Color..." is in comparison a sham.
In the interests of a balanced review, here's what I thought was good: 'What Color...' reminds you to be polite and courteous. As if you didn't know.
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