Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Academic journal article Journal of Allied Health

What Color Is Your Parachute?

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What Color is Your Parachute? (2001 Edition) By RICHARD NELSON BOLLES. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 2001, 344 pages, $16.95, soft cover. ISBN #1580082424

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? is a manual aimed at helping anyone searching for a job or wanting to make a career change. Published for the first time in 1970, the manual is updated annually to reflect current trends. The manual is considered a classic and is an excellent resource for health professions students enrolled in a professional development seminar. The 2001 edition includes timeless advice and relevant information on the current job market.

The term manual is appropriate because there is information to read, but there are also exercises to work. The first two chapters review how most Americans look for a job. In Chapters 3 through 6, the author introduces his creative process for finding one's perfect job. The epilogue is optional reading designed for the job seeker looking not only for a career, but also for a mission in life. There are two appendices: Appendix A gives exercises to work and Appendix B offers advice on choosing a career counselor.

Bolles relates the way most Americans search for a job and gives suggestions for making a more successful search. Most Americans use the Internet and newspaper ads to look for current job openings. Only 4% receive a job offer from web searches; and newspaper ads offer only a 5% to 24% success rate. This means that approximately 95% are not getting a job through Internet searches or newspaper ads.

Bolles uses a pyramid design to illustrate the various job search methods. He lists newspaper ads at the top, followed by resumes, employment agencies, search firms, employees with proof of their work, and employers hiring from within. …

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