One of the all-time 100 best nonfiction books —Time Richard N. Bolles

What Color is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014 Edition
A practical manual for job-hunters & career-changers

About the Book


What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold.

Its long-trusted guidance includes up-to-the-minute information and advice for today’s job-hunters and career-changers. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with current information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none.

This 2016 edition includes up-to-date research and tips on everything from writing impressive resumes and cover letters, developing your LinkedIn profile, effective networking and confident interviewing, to negotiating the best salary possible once you’ve secured a job offer.

Job Interview Tips

Tablet Edition

The Flower Exercise, the most famous exercise from What Color Is Your Parachute?, is now mobile in a digital companion available for iPad and Nook. This job-search preparation guide provides job seekers with a powerful self-assessment tool to identify viable job skills and develop highly individualized self-marketing strategies.

Featuring a series of fun and interesting exercises feature drag-and-drop functionality and custom features such as:
  • Flower Diagram that allows you to easily track your progress and displays progressive results
  • Comprehensive, fully integrated help and hints
  • Easy prioritization tools that help you make the right choices every time
  • Sticky-note-style reminders
  • Easy-view results lists
  • Write-your-own-story feature
  • Salary calculator
  • Skills Grid to target your expertise and unlock your potential
  • Holland Code exercise to discover your favorite people-environments

Reviews & Testimonials


  • Parachute still soars with practical advice. This book is a steady seller, always making the USA Today annual list of top-selling books. No wonder: Parachute is practical and trustworthy. ”Jacqueline Blais, USA Today
  • Parachute remains the most complete career guide around… It covers all the ground less ambitious guides do, as well as some the others don't, mostly in the realm of the psyche.”Barbara Presley Noble, New York Times
  • “Ideally, everyone should read What Color Is Your Parachute? in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.”Anne Fisher, Fortune
  • What Color Is Your Parachute? has been the job-hunting classic for decades …Bolles always goes beyond the routine, including things like useful Internet sites and how to select a career counselor. It's virtually always the best-selling career book, and with good reason.”David Murphy, San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A career-advice juggernaut. The best-selling career guide in history…. Parachute has sold over nine million copies, spawned a number of ancillary books (including editions for teens and retirees), and was named by the Library of Congress as one of the 25 books that have shaped readers' lives—putting Bolles in the company of Malcolm X, Robert Louis Stevenson and God, whose own Bible is a perennial bestseller.”New York Post
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?… has been around so long we forget the author… helped define not only an industry, but a national perspective.”Amy Lindgren, Working Strategies Syndicated Career Columnist
  • “An extraordinary annual book.”Joyce Lain Kennedy, Tribune Media Services
  • “I would trace back a lot of my accomplishments to doing [the exercises in Parachute]. …Bolles's ideas have served the highly mobile American workforce well. His book just becomes more relevant in time.”Bestselling Business Author Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, as reported in U.S. News and World Report
  • “Best Overall Career Guide”Career World
  • “Like the Energizer Bunny, Richard Nelson Bolles keeps on going .... Throughout this iconic book, Bolles gives sound advice to people looking for employment and those attempting to build meaningful careers.”The Toronto Star

About the Author

Richard M. Bolles, Author of What Color is Your Parachute?

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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What Color is Your Parachute?


The world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2016 with up-to-the-minute information and tips for how-to look for work and change careers.