Book Review: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 Edition

what color is your parachuteFrom the book description:

What Color Is Your Parachute? is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide with more than ten million copies sold. Now, no matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter can find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none.”

My comments:

I don’t normally review these types of books, but I know that there are a lot of people of people out of work right now, and have been for a while. Plus, I will be finishing school, God willing, in May 2015, and will need to decide on my next course of action: look for a job or start a business; therefore, when I had the opportunity to read and review this book, I snatched it up.

The book, I have to say, was a lot different than I expected. It isn’t the usual job-hunting book at all. Yes, it covers the usual topics such as tips for interviewing, and salary negotiation. However, it goes much deeper than that. The bulk of the book has the reader look into herself, in all areas of her life, in order for her to find the skills, wants, and dreams in order to find, not only a job, but the perfect job for her.

Now, I already did someething similar to this before going back to school, but I went ahead and did the exercises for the review. And, I have to say, I got a lot of value out of the process. I think that just going through the steps to “Understand More Fully Who You Are” is worth the price of the book.

The crux of the guide is to help the reader get the opportunity to choose where to work, rather than being dependent on newspaper or online ads, and competing against many others in the workforce. That is why there is such an emphasis in the book of knowing who you are, dealing with any “handicaps” that may stand in your way, and advice on how to change careers. There is also a section for starting a business for those who are so inclined.

The extensive appendex offers information on “finding your mission in life, information specifically for returning veterans, a section on the emotional drain of being out of work, and a list of career coaches for those who want to work with someone personally.

One thing to note: much of the author’s grammar and language is, well to use his term, “unorthodox.” Thus, thankfully, he offers a note of explanation as to why he make the choices he did. I am glad that he included a note on grammar because when I was going through the book, I was a little surprised and annoying. Now, I don’t agree with some of the reasons he chose to take the unorthodox route, but his explanations changed my inital thoughts on the book. 🙂

If you, or someone you know, is look for a job or looking for a career change, I absolutely would recommend this book, and give it four (4) stars.


I am grateful to the Blogging for Books Review Program for providing me with a review copy of What Color Is Your Parachute?. I was not required to submit a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.