Danielle J. (zesty23) - , reviewed What Color Is Your Parachute Workbook: How to Create a Picture of Your Ideal Job or Next Career on
The classic handbook for anyone looking to get hired soon. Covers a vast array of job-seeking strategies and processes, from examining personal skills, strengths, weaknesses, preferences, situations (moving, changing careers, effective strategies,salary negotiationP and all the "what, where, '& how's"of attaining a job.) Chapter titles include Putting things in Perspective, Job-Hunting, When You Need a New Career, Securing and Conducting an Interview Successfully, and the Pink Pages (Career Counselors, "finding your mission in life", additional books and resources, avoiding depression while job seeking, etc.) This book sets the standard for job hunting, including all the "what to do and what NOT to do". Highly, highly recommended.
Richard Bolles has put the value of his 30-40 years of successful career counseling into every page. I encourage you not to give up on your dream of doing what you love. Bolles encourages us in every way he can. And gives us the ideas, tools and belief that we really don't have to work just to make a living. He shows us that work CAN make a life worth living.
In my youth (and not-so-youth) this book was valuable to me in figuring out what I actually liked to do, what I was good at. You evaluate when you were most engaged with what you were doing, etc. It does help you to pinpoint what it is you like. In my case, it pointed in a totally different direction than I spent college studying! But it was right. Ain't it the truth!
For nearly 30 years, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" has been the guiding light for those in pursuit of satisfying and fulfilling employment. This year's edition has been completely revised and rewritten and is designed to work in conjunction with the book's Web site. At the heart of Bolles's formula for finding the right job are two questions: What do you want to do? Where do you want to do it? Answer those and you're well on your way to finding the job you really want. Packed with time-tested advice, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" works as a good companion for those just starting out in the "real world" as well as for those who are thinking seriously about a career change