In 1995, the Library of Congress' Center for the Book listed it as one of "25 Books That Have Shaped Readers' Lives" (alongside such works as Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Saint Exupery's "The Little Prince," Henry Thoreau's "Walden," Cervantes's "Don Quixote," Tolstoy's "War and Peace," and Mark Twain's, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn").
The author coined the word "parachute" to mean career transitions, back in 1968 when people commonly said, "Well, I'm tired of this job - - I'm going to bail out?" Bolles' playful rejoinder at that time: What color is your parachute? It later became the title of the book.
A writer for Life Magazine said that the phrase "golden parachutes" appeared for the first time a decade or more later, as a "play" on this book's title. In fact, a number of common phrases in our culture: "golden parachutes," "informational interviewing," "transferable skills" etc., were all born out of this book.
It was first published December 1, 1970 -- self-published, in fact, with the author using a local copy shop (CopyCopia) in downtown San Francisco. Its first commercial edition was published in November 1972, by Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, Calif. It began appearing on best-seller lists in 1974, has been revised and updated annually since 1975.
Recent reviews have called it "the jobhunter's Bible," "the Cadillac of job-search books," "the most complete career guide around," and "the gold standard of career guides."...Continua
Why do I give it 3 out of 4 stars?
To be precise, I give it 3.5 stars.
This book has provided me very practical guidance on how to increase my chances to find the right job. It has also shown me the elements of a good resume, what to do in the interview to stand out from other candidates.
I gave you an example. After I had my interview for my current job, I sent out a thank you card to my team manager and manager. They were very touch. They had never received a thank you card from any interviewers. Of course, I had other good attributes to attract my bosses to select me. However, the thank you card definitely gave them a very good impression about me and assisted me to stand out from other candidates. Guess where did I get the idea of the thank you card. Yes, you are right. This book!
But the most critical part of this book is that it has assisted me to have a better insight about myself and find out what type of job may suit me through some personality analyses.
This is a great book. Advices are very practical. No wonder 7 million copies of this book have been sold.
Who will receive benefits from this book?
Job seeker and people who don’t know what type of job will suit them.
Why did I buy this book?
When I graduated, the employment market was very tough in 2002 because of the Asia financial crisis, which also had a big impact to Australia. I went to a job seeking forum and the host talked about this book. I thought this book might give me some advices. That’s why I bought it.
Does the book meet my expectation?
Yes, it does. In fact, the book has delivered more than my expectation.
I will not tell you I love my current job, but I definitely don’t hate it. At least, I know my personality suits this job.
I may apply a higher position in my current organisation. I will definitely read this book again if I submit my application.
If you want to find some quick tips about job hunting, this book may not suit you. You need to spend some time to read and think about messages given out by this book deeply. After a while, you will find out the true value of this book.
It is hard to find out the meaning or mission of our life. Even we find it, we may still follow drifts in our life. For Christian, the last chapter of this book is a good reminder about the meaning of life. For others, the last chapter will also assist you to examine your life and I hope this book will provide you some insights about the meaning and mission of your life.
This book is worthwhile to re-read and keep it for a lifetime. By the way, if you want to buy it, buy the updated edition. I think there is a 2007 edition.