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What Color Is Your Parachute? 2016: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Richard N. Bolles
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What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually, with more than ten million copies sold.

This 2016 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on today’s job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Career expert Richard N. Bolles reveals surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.

This helpful manual shares proven tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, as well as guidance for effective networking, confident interviewing, and the best salary negotiating possible. But it goes beyond that by helping you to zero in on your ideal job—and life—with its classic Flower Exercise. Whether you’re searching for your first job, were recently laid off, or are dreaming of a career change, What Color Is Your Parachute? will guide you toward fulfilling and prosperous work.


RICHARD N. BOLLES has led the career development field for more than forty years and has helped millions identify their unique gifts and find their dream jobs. Visit JobHuntersBible.com and eParachute.com.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 It’s a Whole New World for Job-Hunters 1
Chapter 2 Google Is Your New Resume 21
Chapter 3 There Are Over Eight Million Vacancies
Available Each Month 45
Chapter 4 Sixteen Tips About Interviewing for a Job 53
Chapter 5 The Six Secrets of Salary Negotiation 83
Chapter 6 What to Do When Your Job-Hunt Just Isn’t Working 99
Chapter 7 You Need to Understand More Fully Who You Are 111
Chapter 8 You Get to Choose Where You Work 191
Chapter 9 How to Deal with Any Handicaps You Have 211
Chapter 10 The Five Ways to Choose/Change Careers 233
Chapter 11 How to Start Your Own Business 249

The Blue Pages
Appendix A Finding Your Mission in Life 266
Appendix B A Guide to Dealing with Your Feelings
While Out of Work 289
Appendix C A Guide to Choosing a Career Coach or Counselor 298
Appendix D Sampler List of Coaches 312
Appendix E Recent Foreign Editions of What Color Is
Your Parachute?
The Final Word: Notes from the Author for This Edition 334
About the Author 340
Update 2017 341
Index 342
Additional Helpful Resources from the Author 354