What Color is Your Parachute?

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What Color is Your Parachute?
Author Richard Nelson Bolles
Subject Careers, Job hunting
Publisher Ten Speed Press
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-89815-844-1
OCLC 52840843

What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles is a book for job-seekers that has been in print since 1970 and has been revised every year since 1975, sometimes substantially.[1][2] Bolles initially self-published the book (December 1, 1970), but it has been commercially published since November 1972 by Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As of September 28, 2010, the book is available in 22 languages, it is used in 26 countries around the world, and over ten million copies have been sold worldwide.[3] It is one of the most highly regarded career advice books in print. In the latest edition of the book, the author writes about how to adapt one's job search to the Web 2.0 age.[citation needed]

The book recommends networking[4] to find "the person with the authority to hire you", rather than sending out resumes in bulk, shotgun fashion. It also recommends carefully figuring out what one is best at and what one enjoys most, which (the author says) tend to coincide.[citation needed]

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Richard Nelson Bolles wrote numerous spinoffs of What Color is Your Parachute, targeted at specific audiences and career issues; he also collaborated with Mark Emery Bolles to write versions targeted at online job hunting.[5] Additionally, in March 2013, Ten Speed Press released an app titled What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook Tablet Edition for the iPad and Nook.[6]


  1. ^ "What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012 - The 40th Edition"
  2. ^ The 2009 Job Hunting in Hard Times Edition of What Color Is Your Parachute?, About.com
  3. ^ Barbara Safani (Sep 28, 2010). "What Color is Your Parachute? Interview with Career Guru Richard Bolles". @AOLOriginal, Job Search Advice. 
  4. ^ "In the job-hunt, networking is often the secret of the game." Job Hunter's Bible
  5. ^ Worldcat: Richard Nelson Bolles
  6. ^ "What Color Is Your Parachute? Tablet Edition". SimplyBlog: Job Search Advice and Company News. March 26, 2013. 

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