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

What Color is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014 Edition
YOUR GUIDE TO A LIFETIME OF MEANINGFUL WORK AND CAREER SUCCESS

About the Book

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 new edition 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, and acing Skype interviews as well as information that addresses the effect that COVID-19 has had on the job market. Building on the wisdom of original author Richard N. Bolles, this edition updates the famed Flower Exercise (which walks job seekers through the seven ways of thinking about themselves) and demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing and networking.

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.

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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 led the job-search field for more than 40 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he served as the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles earned 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.

ABOUT THE EDITOR
KATHERINE BROOKS, EdD, is the Evans Family Executive Director of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University. Prior to Vanderbilt, she was the executive director of the office of personal and career development at Wake Forest University, director of career services for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas in Austin, and director of career services at Dickinson College, where she also taught courses on psychology. She is a licensed professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, and a board-certified coach. She provides career coaching and counseling to college students as well as alumni of all ages who are transitioning into new careers, or even retirement. She is the author of You Majored in What? Designing Your Path from College to Career, What Color Is Your Parachute? for College, and writes a blog, “Career Transitions,” for Psychology Today.

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What Color is Your Parachute?

The world’s most popular job-search book is updated for 2021 with up-to-the-minute information and tips for how-to look for work and change careers.

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