What Color Is Your Parachute: Your 2021 Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success
by Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks
With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021.
In today’s challenging job-market, as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. This completely updated edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.
This practical manual has been fully revised for 2021 by Vanderbilt University Career Center Director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools to network effectively, interviewing virtually with confidence, and negotiating the best salary possible.
At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career—and your life—around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more.
With the unique and authoritative guidance of What Color Is Your Parachute?, job-hunters and career changers will have all the tools they need to discover—and land—their dream job.
December 22nd, 2020
Non-Fiction Career/Job Seeking Advice
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I first connected with What Color Is Your Parachute when it was recommended to me by a college advisor almost 20 years ago. While the premise and content have stayed consistent, this 50th-anniversary edition has been updated to include timely and relevant guidance as we head into 2021.
What has made What Color is Your Parachute the best-selling job-hunting book in the world, is also what makes it unique. This book offers an incredible and accessible look at helping job seekers first understand themselves and the power that gives you when picking and/or changing your unique career path. I love that he values not just surviving in your career but thriving and this comes from better knowing who YOU are, not only as a job applicant but also as an individual.
This timeless advice helps you not only understand yourself better but also highlights what you have to offer to the world. In addition to practical and research-based advice, there are also many actionable steps in this book. The timeless flower exercise guides you through a thorough self-inventory. Each of these seven “petals” ultimately deciphers seven ways of describing yourself in relation to the workforce. What makes this book so powerful is that Bolles helps his readers better themselves and what their passions are versus just looking at their skills.
Revised for 2021 by Katharine Brooks, EdD
In addition to his tried and true methods and exercises, “this manual has been fully revised for 2021 by Vanderbilt University Career Center Director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today (during the Covid era), such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools to network effectively, interviewing virtually with confidence, and negotiating the best salary possible.”
What Color Is Your Parachute was first released in 1970 and it is amazing to see the things that have stayed consistent and what has changed with the times. Whether you are going into the New Year looking to change things up in your career or just trying to better understand yourself as a professional, this book has something for everyone.
Thank you to Random House Publishing for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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