What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson (Dick) Bolles, has dominated the landscape of job search books since the 1970s. Revised annually, sometimes substantially, by its author each year since 1975, it has sold more than 10 million copies, spent 288 weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List (paperback), and is on Time magazine’s list of All-Time 100 Best Nonfiction Books. The book, written in Bolles’s engaging personal style, introduced the notion that there is a better way to find a new job, or a whole new career, than simply papering over the world with copies of a standard résumé.

Bolles describes his method thus:

With the second way to hunt for work—let’s call it The Parachute Way ...

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