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  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781984857866
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.00

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021

Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success




With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world's most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021.

With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021.

In today’s challenging job-market, as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. This completely updated edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results. 

This practical manual has been fully revised for 2021 by Vanderbilt University Career Center Director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools to network effectively, interviewing virtually with confidence, and negotiating the best salary possible. 

At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career—and your life—around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more.

With the unique and authoritative guidance of What Color Is Your Parachute?, job-hunters and career changers will have all the tools they need to discover—and land—their dream job.

  • Published: 16 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781984857866
  • Imprint: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $37.00

About the authors

Richard N. Bolles

RICHARD N. BOLLES has been a leader in the career development field for more than thirty-five years. He was trained in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University and a master’s in sacred theology from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Marci.

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