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.
"What Color Is Your Parachute?"is about job-hunting and
career-changing, but it s also about figuring out who you are as a
person and what you want out of life.
[One of the] Books that Shaped Work in America. How could I not put this on the list? . . . In print since 1970 and revised every year since 1975, it has not only informed and educated job seekers and job changers in the United States, but also had a global impact through publication in more than 20 languages. It s basically the bible of career advice.
United States Department of Labor
Richard is a giant both in my life and certainly in the field. When you think about his contributions to . . . understanding the whole notion of three boxes of life, creating the flower exercise, and the three questions that really help drive our job-finding activity it is quite remarkable because it certainly changed my life personally, and it changed most of the work that career counselors and specialists and coaches perform. And I would expect it changed all of our work as we think about how we grow talent in organizations.
Rich Feller, 2012 2013 president of the National Career Development Association (NCDA)
The new edition of the best-selling job-hunting book "What Color Is Your Parachute?," in addition to the tried-and-true advice for job seekers Dick Bolles has provided for close to forty years, has new information on job-search productivity, job clubs, and how to organize and manage your job-search. "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is deservedly the world s most popular job-hunting book, with over eleven million copies sold in twenty-six languages.This . . . edition is as relevant today as when it was first published. Dick Bolles insightfully stays on the cutting edge of job-searching, and the book is full of new and updated suggestions, along with the classic advice that continues to hold true today.
Alison Doyle, About.com Guide
The people who can educate employees and job seekers on how to really find jobs (and careers) are career counselors and career coaches. Ideally, a good coach should buy copies of "Parachute" at wholesale and give a copy to every one of their paying clients.
Richard Knowdell, trainer of career counselors and coaches
. . . one of the first job-hunting books on the market. It is still arguably the best. And it is indisputably the most popular.
This is a fantastic tool useful to almost everyone. . . . It s so darn useful because it is about more than just finding a job.
Kevin Kelly, "Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities
Ideally, everyone should read "What Color Is Your Parachute?" in the tenth grade and again every year thereafter.