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I am a career advisor at Becker College, and I use this book as a guide to educate my students on the realities of online job searching. This is a great companion book to the Parachute book and is very insightful. One key point is if your job search is 100% on the job boards, you have only a 4% chance of ever finding a job. Additionally, the jobs that get to the boards are the hard to fill ones. The key is the hidden job market, and to use the internet for research. This book shows you how.
I read this after I was laid off from my job last February, and it really helped my get a good grasp on what to include and not include in my resume. It isn't as straight to the point as some other books but I'd still recommend it.
This book gave me several tips to fine tune my resume, and introduced me to several valuable websites. In particular, the job website links and related information is really valuable. This eventually helped me land in my next job.
“Always define WHAT you want to do with your life and WHAT you have to offer to the world, in terms of your favorite talents/gifts/skills-not in terms of a job-title.”
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 by Richard Nelson Bolles
Does anyone EVER know what they want to do with their life?
If not, this book is certainly worth reading.
Actually scratch that..read it even if you think you DO know. It's that good.
I have actually read many versions of this book. Bolles would update it regularly and I always read the updated versions. It is interesting to read the first version, written so long ago, and then read the current version which is packed full of information about the internet which did not exist when he originally wrote this book.
So I have had many different jobs in my life from Executive Recruiter, Outside Sales, inside sales, Political Poller, school admissions rep, market research.
I have very rarely felt I was doing what I was put on this plane to do. I think most people would say that. Who really LOVES their job? If you are one of the lucky ones, I envy you.
Sales was a skill that came easily to me but it is rather soulless and I never loved it even though I did it for so long.
In his book, Bolles talks about sooo much but really encourages the reader to take a look at themselves and who they are and what their passions are versus what their skills are. He wants everyone to do what they love. And though, that is impossible for many..there have been quite a few success stories that came from reading this book.
There are quizzes and exercises and so much info. I loved reading about the Holland Code which I still take semi regularly. That involves finding what TYPE of job is a fit for you. There are six categories.
I usually come out high on Enterprise and artistic and very very low on Realistic.
It is a great book, a classic. More than that, it is a FUN book. Do not get me wrong. You will not immediately read this and know your life's mission. But you will have a great time exploring possible career choices with Bolles guiding you and who knows? You will be one or two steps closer if nothing else.
In this age of Covid, it is even tougher. But I would highly recommend this book. It remains my all time favorite on the wonderful(not so) world of job hunting.