What Color Is Your Parachute?

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

This frequently updated book has been popular with people of all ages who are in the market for a job. It is a very practical manual full of tips on career and life planning. Bolles focuses on explaining the employee recruitment process and the effectiveness of help wanted ads, resumes, and employment agencies. Included are numerous addresses of agencies which can be contacted for lists of current job openings.

The three keys to success are defining job skills, identifying a geographic location where best to use them, and pursuing techniques to secure the position. The book sparks creativity in the job search and is full of practical exercises on self-development, building a skills inventory, and setting personal and professional goals. It includes “The Quick Job-Hunting Map,” designed to produce rapid search results.

There is also a good section on library reference aids for career development and occupational guidance. The interview process and interviewing techniques are also explained for the uninitiated searcher.

The book presents a down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to job hunting and has been very well-received for more than 10 years. It is highly recommended.