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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2022: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success PDF

Author: Richard N. Bolles

Publisher: Ten Speed Press


Publish Date: December 14, 2021

ISBN-10: 1984860348

Pages: 352

File Type: Epub, PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

Why are you reading this book?

Maybe someone recommended it to you. Lots of people do. While working on this latest edition, I lost count of the number of people who told me “my mother bought it for me” or “a friend used that book—and it worked!”

Maybe you’re hoping to change your career, or you’re seeking your first job, or you’re returning to the workplace after some time away. Maybe recent changes in the economy have forced you to seek a new job—or even a new career field. Whatever your job or career challenge, the highly successful system in What Color Is Your Parachute? is your solution. And this new edition has much to offer:

  • Updated career advice and information

  • Specific guidance on changing careers, no matter your age

  • Techniques for winning the mind game of the job search

  • Employer-based advice for all aspects of the job search

  • Advice for dealing with challenges you fear are holding you back

  • Suggestions on how to connect with advocacy groups and others who can support you

  • Special tips for job seekers who are introverts

  • Updated social media advice, especially for job-search powerhouse LinkedIn

  • Helpful rubrics to quickly analyze and improve your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile

  • Tips for creating powerful interview stories

  • Internet-based job-search techniques and resources that actually work

  • Salary and benefits negotiation guidance

  • And, of course, the highly popular, successful, and classic Flower Exercise, which has been revised and updated

When What Color Is Your Parachute? was first published in 1970, it revolutionized the concept of job hunting. Unlike traditional guides to the job market, it helped job seekers understand themselves first, then find the jobs that fit, using a mix of good-humored advice and practical strategy. Richard N. Bolles also went against conventional wisdom to update the book annually, keeping it constantly relevant to new generations of job hunters facing changing times. By the time Richard passed away, it had become the bestselling job-hunting book in the world, with numerous awards and more than ten million copies published in twenty-two languages.

I have used his books throughout my own career; whether working in human resources at a department store, studying for my master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling (where this book was required reading), or providing career counseling and coaching to a broad range of individuals through good and bad economic times. It is an honor to be asked to work on this edition and continue the important tradition of yearly revision.

Much of What Color Is Your Parachute? is written in the first person, so throughout this book you will see the word “I.” Sometimes it will refer to Richard Bolles; sometimes to me. Most of the time it doesn’t matter. Where the ownership of the statement is significant, you’ll see (RB) after statements attributable to Richard Bolles and (KB) after statements attributable to Katharine Brooks.

What I love about the Parachute Approach is the level playing field it provides for all job seekers in every employment sector. In Richard’s writings, you see his timeless advice and wisdom in action. His compassion and respect for all workers. His emphasis on the importance of choosing your career and not letting the job market choose it for you. His encouragement to take the time to do a thorough self-evaluation before hitting the job market. And his belief in the importance of all careers, from pipe fitters to harp builders to doctors. With his usual aplomb, he deconstructed the holy grail of every job seeker: a job that fits your passions and fulfills your life mission. And he was quite transparent, practical, and honest in his approach to that search.

On the top of my computer, I have a sticker that reads “This Isn’t Career Development. This Is Rocket Fuel.” Well, Richard and I don’t have a rocket, but we do have a parachute to offer you. A way to land efficiently and happily in this crazy, messy landscape we call the job market. Safe and fulfilling journeys to you all.

—Katharine “Kate” Brooks


Introduction to the 2022 Edition


Welcome to the Ever-Changing World of the Job Search

The length of the average job hunt has increased dramatically. The length of time the average job lasts has decreased dramatically. The way jobs are done is changing.


The Job Search Is a Mind Game: Here Are Ten Ways to Win

You have a choice in how you view your job search. Choose hope. Choose a positive outlook.


How to Deal with Any Challenges You Have in the Job Search

Being turned down for a job can lead to thinking there is something about you that caused it.


Choose a Career, Change a Career, or Find a Job: What Works

There are different ways you can go about the job hunt. Each has a different chance of success. The Traditional Approach begins with the job market. The Parachute Approach begins with you.


Introduction to the Flower Exercise

At the heart of this book is the Flower Exercise: a self-inventory in which you examine seven ways of thinking about yourself, using the language of the workplace.


The Flower Exercise: A Comprehensive Self-Inventory

You have a much better chance of finding work using this method than if you just sent out a resume. Not just work, but work you really want to do. If you are thinking about a career change, you will discover what new direction you want to pursue.


You Get to Choose Where You Work

Find out what careers or work your Flower Diagram points to. Try on jobs before you decide which ones to pursue. Research places thoroughly and utilize contacts.


Your Resume Is Already Online

There’s a new resume in town, and it’s online. Remove anything that contradicts the impression you would like to make. Expand your positive professional presence.


Fifteen Tips About Your Job Interview

What to keep in mind during hiring conversations.


The Five Secrets of Salary Negotiation

How to get the best salary possible.


How to Start Your Own Business

There is another choice if you don’t want to work for someone else.


The Blue Pages:
Finding Your Mission in Life

From the original writings of Richard N. Bolles.

The Final Words

About the Authors



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