Sunday, March 13, 2011

What Color is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles is a classic that is reprinted every year so it's kept current.  This book is full of practical advice, exercises, and resources to help anyone in their career search.  While I don't buy into doing exercises to map your personality type so much, others may find it valuable.  Certainly there are other parts of the book that are extremely valuable - interview tips, resume tips, job hunting tips, and more.

At over  350 pages, this book is a long read but one you'll likely go back to as a reference.  I plan on purchasing a copy myself.  I got it from my local library for my first read through. I'd rate this book at 4.5 out of 5.


What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future
What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens, 2nd Edition: Discovering Yourself, Defining Your Future by Carol Christen and Richard N. Bolles is similar to What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers but targeted to youth and young adults.  I found this book to be even more full of exercises and have less content related to what I thought this age group would find interesting.  It is definitely a shorter read than it's parent book at 192 pages.  If you like doing exercises to find out who you are and what you are made for, then maybe this is the book for you.  Otherwise, I'd suggest looking at What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers.  Since I don't like exercises as much as the next person (and I get to be a little subjective because this is my blog) I'm going to give this book a 3 out of 5.

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