REVIEW: What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

Originally published 2015-09-23: What Color is your parachute? How to find your best career and get into it in What Color is Your Parachute? (2016) by Richard N. Bolles

Since I’ve recently been toying with the idea of giving up the career path (Information Technology) that I’ve been on for the past several years in favor of writing for a living, this book popping up as a recommendation was something like kismet.

cover of self help book, What Color is Your Parachute? 2016 by Richard N. Bolles

What Color is Your Parachute? (2016) is a self-help book designed for exactly that purpose: as a guide for people to help themselves out of a career rut by figuring out what their perfect career is, and how to land a job within that field (or a closely related one.)


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. — from the Penguin Random House website

What Color is Your Parachute? 2016 is the latest version of this book, which was originally self-published by Richard Bolles in 1970. There have been over 40 editions since then. Parachute has been translated into 20+ languages, and touted as one of the best job-hunting books on the market.

My Rating

So, what did I think? It was light, informative reading that made me look twice at how I had been approaching the job market.

One of the most compelling ideas, to me, is that employers are just as nervous as job-seekers — sometimes even more so, when you consider the amount of money that could be lost by the company on a bad hire. Job-seekers are encouraged, then, to consider themselves a valuable commodity that the employer should want to learn more about.

Another great bit of advice? Graciousness. Make a promise, and stick with it. Thank everyone, even if they weren’t able to help you. And be the person employers want to hire.

I give this book a solid four of five stars. I highly recommend it for anyone who hasn’t yet found their dream job, and doesn’t know quite how to tackle the problem.

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