What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles [Book Summary – Review]


Job research. Not your initial rodeo; this terrible and amazing process – getting a job – is something you have practiced already. But maybe after your last research, somethings have switched. Or maybe, now, your initial rodeo can be happening. In both cases, the fundamental thing to find a victorious match in the post-recession view is to comprehend how to operate today’s social media.

Because it’s a competition after all. It is not only a lottery that is related to buy a ticket, and pray for the most desirable by you. Like every possible employer, by you, it has been a lot of command over what data you share, how you convey it, and your expectations. So, let’s breathe deeply, improve your interview and discussion talents, and enjoy the journey!


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Chapter 1 – Nowadays, finding a job particularly long-term and full-time work is getting harder and takes much more time.


If by you it is having trouble getting the correct job, don’t get desperate. The place, where can be unfriendly, is the job market, for this reason, the very significant one is to own magnificent abilities in your toolbox.

These days, it is been facing a constant economic recession by us that has switched the way managers see for candidates.

In times of economic welfare, finding excellent employees by employers can be difficult; as a result, by the employer, it is hard to adapt to the requirements and choices of the job seeker. This is the time when all cv (curriculum vitae) is completely read and by the company websites, all updates with job posting are frequently renewed.

But 2017 is not like this kind of time. Since the economic collapse of 2008, it has had a hard time for jobseekers. Employers are under the control these days; with a larger pool of unemployed people to select from, they place less emphasis on the background and requirements of possible workers.

Consequently, starting a novel work takes usually longer times.

While between 1994 and 2008, in the United States, just five weeks would take to find a job by the unemployed, however, after 2008, getting a job would take more than one year by the unemployed Americans who are in only 22 to 33 percent.



Against addition, together with the struggling economy, by employers, the ways to decrease costs are looked at. Therefore, jobs are often short-term due to businesses choose to suggest part-time and free positions.

These works are generally project-based and more economical for employers because of not having to cover health benefits or not paying vacations.

In the 2015 report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is said that 69 percent of human-beings aged 18 to 24 were working less than a year, and 93 percent working less than five years.

And even, it was not better for human-beings who aged between 40 and 48. Thirty-two percent worked less than a year, 69 percent worked less than five years.


Chapter 2 – In the epoch of Google, cv is not a strong vehicle than before one.


All humans’ information is simply accessible with the help of much information that ticks far.

When someone was researching for work, particularly when it came to their CV, it was that they had full control over how they introduced themselves.

There were all kinds of ways to choose and choose what to specify to change a business history and give the best impression. And most likely, there were several ways to question this information if a possible employer did not hire a special investigator.

As this wasn’t a very effective choice, what remains a strong vehicle to present yourself in the proudest light possible was the CV.

However, there is a lot of online knowledge that may oppose the image you are trying to design, for this reason, you have to watch out these days.

Therefore, you should take your time to look at what any possible manager does and use Google to search for your name. By you, it can see a LinkedIn profile, a Facebook profile, or maybe a blog, and some photos.

The thing is, everything is an easy Google search, however, that doesn’t suggest you can’t use the internet to your benefit.

However, firstly, by you, it should be checked if there is any knowledge that purely opposite what you add to your CV. For instance, do your graduation dates comprehend?



Now search for any red flag at a mad drunk party, such as a photo or an unpleasant Twitter comment that can be interpreted as racist or sexist. Delete them within the shortest time potential.

In research, it is showed that by 91 percent of US employers, it will be controlled a candidate’s social media profiles, and about 70 percent rejected people because of what they discover.

Therefore, check and delete disagreeable things – remove yourself from photos and maintain your look to make it looks logical and expert across whole your social media accounts.

Mixed-up? So, play it cool. As will be seen, there are many solutions to help you maintain your online view.


Chapter 3 – Apply keywords to optimize and make your online presence extra noticeable.


Keywords are used to be based on most of the internet. Finally, to begin a Google search, you need to write something and it is the search engine’s job to discover the best and most suitable outcomes.

Now, by you, the power of keywords can be used to check and enhance the search results that appear when by someone, your name is searched or someone with exact talents on Google.

Therefore, consider what keywords you desire to associate with your name and what types of hirers you desire to charm.

You could replace yourself with an employer and you can ask this question: “What job headlines and explanation would I use to discover the most qualified candidates?” Normally, the things that will be associated with your name by adding them to your online profiles, are the keywords.

For this reason, prepare a list of the most suitable words that come to mind such as proactive, hardworking, loving, fair, ambitious, and effective.

Then, these words can be attached to your LinkedIn profile and included in your biography to identify both experts and non-expert activities.

By you, steps can be taken to enhance your clarity to ensure your profile is noticed.



If you desire to be seen as a professional or master in your area, begin a blog on your topic to show your knowledge and attention.

Let’s consider that you are a graphic designer, by you, a blog that highlights exciting articles and interviews can be begun. Thanks to that, it can be proved that you are busy with the area and the latest improvements. Then, by you, comments and examples that present perspicacity into your past can be added.

One of the ways to get distinguished in your area is to raise your appearance in LinkedIn groups.

To join various graphic designer communities, you can make a research on LinkedIn and ensure to sometimes make a check-in, and make interpretation and post.

By you, Twitter can be used to share some posts and comment on improvements in your area. Also, ensure about to use related hashtags for easily be found by possible employers.


Chapter 4 – There is not too much change in the job search area and many chances are still found.


There is no difference between dating and job search at all; both can boil up to two questions: “do you love me?” and “Do I like you?”

Although changes over the past decade, work search is exactly as it has always been.

It is that, is still related to bringing the two parties together what desire to build a mutual advantage relationship, is the process.

On your part, it is about making yourself cute and charming for the employer; you can do this by showing that your talents, experience, and personality are an excellent fit for the business and the position proposed.

However, remember, it’s also about learning if the employer is true for you. Therefore, ask yourself, do they provide a charming atmosphere that will permit you to use your talents efficiently? And will you be able to improve your talents and abilities in this environment?

While making your decision, don’t forget that even in today’s market, there are more opportunities than you think.



The thing that has a habit of amplification the case of the work market and not seeing like completely nothing is the media. Finally, even if you may sense mixed-up and hopeless, you truly should not.

In reality, the position is not entirely out of your control. There is all time something found that can do to maximize your benefits by you. You can switch your expression and develop the language in your CV and cover letter. By you, the job market can be examined and concentrated more deeply to open novel fields that may also apply to you.

Remember that the chances are in your favor. In the Job Openings and Labor Force Survey of the Labor Statistics Office, it is demonstrated that there are 10 million job openings, only half of which are filled routinely each month.

Following, by us, it is going to take a look at what you can develop your opportunities of attending that job interview.


Chapter 5 – Preparation, concentration, and a great portfolio are wanted for a great interview.


Continuing the analogy of friendship: having a powerful cv and web appearance is like looking at the dating stage. And, as all known by us, that dating is a beginning for those who come later – which is the stage of the interview in search of a job.

One more time, there are levels you can take to enhance your odds at this stage, and the thing that is to prepare yourself with satisfying information about the company culture is a fundamental step.

Even if you are an excellent candidate with the correct talents, smarts, and experience, you don’t desire to show a date covering the faulty outfit, do you? Therefore, ensure you know what you are walking by examining the company and learning which culture and values ​​they adopt.

By you, it can be done this by entering their website, examining their latest corporate guidelines and press announcements, and learning what’s being said about them in the media. Also, by you, it can be checked out business blogs, which will be mentioned in the latest developments, and online publications like Gizmodo and TechCrunch.

Whatever you do, do not be arrogant and patronize in your conversation, this can seldom occur if, by people, it is spoken too much and is not prepared enough with good topics that are waited to answer by you.



Meanwhile introducing yourself in an interview maybe makes you nervous but it is normal to feel like this. And by neural self-promotion, it can be guided to many purposeless straying, besides looking self-absorbed and unfocused. Therefore, remember to allow others to talk and listen attentively to what they tell.

The delicate interviewers are the best ones; By them, it is concentrated on their answers. Moreover, about the company, by them, some questions will be asked such as; “What kind of people will I work with?” This confirms that you are aware of distinctive characters and wonder how they will fit with yours.

Presently, if, by you, it is desired to go forward expectations, it can be brought to encourage your experience and talents.

The thing that is regular for imaginative work, like graphic designers, architects, and artists, and human beings who are required to bring models and portfolios with them is a practice.

Let’s consider what kind of portfolio you can present. It may even be an iPad with some details and samples of the thriving projects you are operating on.


Chapter 6 – To occur accomplished negotiations, preparation, and advanced information level about your expertise are demanded.


The thing that is almost the exact as bargaining a price, whether it is at a car dealer or a flea market is wage bargaining. However, that doesn’t feel him less stressed.

If so, as provided by having the employer submit the initial offer, present yourself an advantage.

By you, it can be provided by staying patient and waiting until the interview process is over. When it seems like they desire to hire you, it’s time to ask them to offer a wage. If there are multiple steps of interviews found, this should be waited to say until the last step.

However, by them, it is known that there are benefits to making a counteroffer, therefore, they can overcome you and demand you to offer a wage.

If this type of situation can be happened, by you, it can be tried to translate the tables by saying something like “Well, I think you have a certain number in mind because you designed this position, right?”

Contrarily, by you, it has to be prepared a suitable estimate by learning how many people in comparable positions are currently winning.

This is regularly something you can occur on Google; however, also online platforms are found to compare wages, positions, geographies, and ages like salary.com and jobstar.org.

Thanks to adequate information, by you, it can be determined the range that employers will be willing to give. Later, by you, it can be calculated how low you desire to go and how high you suppose the company will rise.

Consequently, if the range is between $34,000 and $42,600 as an average, by you, the negotiations can be begun with the numbers from $42,000 to $50,000 as a wish.



Present, by you, your chances can be increased of landing in this range as saying them how your talents and expertise will both save and gain in the long run.

With these hints and great opinions about the hiring process, you are going to be on your way to becoming a completely-prepared job hunter. Therefore, go ahead and enroll in the labor market with confidence. That gorgeous position is expecting for you outside!


What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles Book Review


Every time you should do your best before your interview to increase your chances of achieving the job you follow. Note that there are truly many jobs to be filled by a qualified expert like you. Consider yourself as an excellent source for your possible employer and never consider yourself as hopeless.


Switching a career in two steps is seldom more easygoing.

If you plan to make a career switch, you should target a work that can aid you to get there. Usually, the job of our dreams is an extremely distinguished position, which is almost impossible to enter the usual mode. Therefore, imagine a job that will put you at the door and work in the correct area or a job that will lead you closer to the headline you follow. This is a strategic approach that helps to truly achieve that dream work.



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