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Press Release: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011 by Richard N. Bolles

August 16th, 2010

Publicity Contact: Kara Van de Water • 510-285-2966 •

On-Sale Date: August 17, 2010






A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers




“Given the present state of the economy it can take you just as long to find a poor job as it can take you to find a good job. So, why not look for a good job? More than that, why not look for a job that really fits you, and gets you excited about getting up in the morning!” —Richard N. Bolles

In June, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) officially stood at 6.8 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These individuals made up nearly half of all unemployed persons, not including discouraged workers who stopped looking for work. The Center for Economic and Policy Research reports that it could take a decade for the national unemployment rate to reach pre-recession levels. These desperate times require the best job-hunting skills available and that’s why the world’s best-selling job-hunting book can make a world of difference.

What Color Is Your Parachute? helps job-seekers weather the storm not only with decades of experience and up-to-the-minute advice on every page but with hope, encouragement, and inspiration, too. Its gentle guidance and good humor reminds the downtrodden that the job search—with all its rejection and hard knocks—is less about the job market (and its 17 million out of work) and more about knowing what one brings to the table (because we all have unique and important gifts to offer). It’s about doing the hard work to know your talents, find a well-matched employer, and articulate why they are a perfect fit—and only one book has demonstrated the world over that it can lead the way.

What Color Is Your Parachute? is continually praised as the most complete guide for job-seekers, career-changers, and anyone in need of career advice. With more than 10 million copies sold, it remains a best seller, thanks to an annual update that allows author Richard N. Bolles (best known as Dick Bolles) to present its time-tested, well-loved approach within current economic and workplace conditions.

In good times, people use What Color Is Your Parachute? to help them change direction, switch careers, and find rewarding work. In hard times, it teaches people how to uncover jobs when supposedly there are no jobs, and provides a step-by-step plan (known as the Flower Exercise) that gives people the edge over other job-hunters. At any time, this best-selling career guide can be relied on to provide for readers sound, worthwhile advice on how to find the right job and change their lives.

The 2011 edition features new information on job clubs and improves job-hunters’ productivity by showing how to treat the job-search like a well-organized day job. Alongside innovative guidance on creativity and inventiveness are the classic job-hunting strategies that continue to stay true. This latest edition also shares why now is a great time to rethink what you want to do with your life, and how to get there whether you tend to live your life step-by-step, through intuition, or by luck.

What Color Is Your Parachute? is a proven resource for the recently laid-off, the underemployed, the unemployed, and anyone dreaming of career fulfillment. After reading this book, those in need will find themselves ready to explore different career choices, gain direction, change the course of their lives, and ultimately find rewarding work among the millions of jobs that are out there.

DICK BOLLES has led the job-hunting field for more than 35 years. A member of Mensa and the Society for Human Resource Management, he has been the keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences. Bolles holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in physics from Harvard University, a master’s degree from General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City, and three honorary doctorates. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is available for interviews. Visit

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2011 Edition: A Practical Manual

 for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

by Richard N. Bolles

$18.99 paper • 368 pages • 6 x 9 inches • ISBN: 978-1-58008-270-9 • E-book: 978-1-60774-038-4

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COMING SOON: The What Color Is Your Parachute? iPhone App, a free, author-written job interview preparation guide based on the world’s best-selling career book, featuring sample interview questions, tips from chapter 6, and other tools that put today’s best job interviewing techniques at your fingertips.

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