This book is a must-read for job seekers or anyone considering changing careers or starting a business. “What Color is Your Parachute? 2018” not only gives practical advice for getting a job but, also has the reader do self-reflection. The chapters on personal growth allow the job seeker to examine themselves and give the process a holistic approach. You may discover that you want to find a lifetime career instead of a job. Richard Bolles encourages you to get out of your comfort zone, and when you do, the job market may open for you in ways you never considered or thought possible.
The 2018 updated version of the best seller gives recent statistics about how the job market has changed and how applying for jobs has changed. For example, there is a section on “The Eleven Best and Worst Traditional Approaches to Looking for a Job.” The worst is looking for employers’ job-postings on the Internet. The method works on an average of 4% of the time. Whereas, asking for job-leads from family members, friends and people you know in the community works 33% of the time.
“What Color is Your Parachute?” is over 350 packed filled pages of advice. I suggest you go to the Table of Contents and pick the chapter that is appropriate for your job search or for starting your own business. The book is easy to read with bullet points, charts, and worksheets that are simple to follow.
As a life coach, I will highly recommend this book to my clients. The exercises alone are valuable to determine your work style and what type of job will help you lead a fulfilling life.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.