Richard N. Bolles


A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers


The wonderful actress Anne Bancroft (1931–2005) was once loosely quoted as saying about her husband, Mel Brooks,

My heart flutters whenever I hear his key turning in the door, and I think to myself, Oh goody, the party is about to begin.

That is exactly how I feel about my wife, Marci Garcia Mendoza Bolles, God’s angel from the Philippines, whom I fell deeply in love with, and married on August 22, 2004.

What an enchanted marriage this is!


“The new edition of the best-selling job-hunting book What Color is Your Parachute? , in addition to the tried-and-true advice for job seekers Dick Bolles has provided for close to 40 years, has new information on job-search productivity, job clubs, and how to organize and manage your job search. What Color is Your Parachute? is deservedly the world’s most popular job hunting book with over 10 million copies sold in 26 languages.

This 2011 edition is as relevant today as when it was first published. Dick Bolles insightfully stays on the cutting edge of job-searching and the book is full of new and updated suggestions, along with the classic advice that continues to hold true today.”

—Alison Doyle, Guide

“I graduated college in 2008, wallowed hopelessly in career frustration and later received the best career advice of my life … which was to read your book What Color Is Your Parachute? Today, I am happily employed in [a] job that is the envy of my peers. I’m living proof of the power of your book and I recommend it to everyone I meet. It will eternally be the gift I give to recent graduates. Thank you for writing your book! I cannot begin to describe how much I have enjoyed it.”

—Whitney Moore

“Anyone looking for career direction advice or solid information about how to find the job that’s right for them should begin their search with Richard Bolles’s classic book, What Color Is Your Parachute? It’s been named one of the most influential books of all time for a reason—it has probably changed the course of more people’s lives than almost any book except the Bible. Richard updates the book every year so it is always relevant.”

—Eric Wentworth

“Dick Bolles is effectively the ‘inventor’ of career management as we know it today.”

—Tom O’Neil

“If you go into the bookstore and find the section on jobs, careers or networking—the reason that section even exists is because of Dick Bolles. His book, What Color Is Your Parachute?, has helped many people find their true passion at work. Plus he is a great man.”

—G. L. Hoffman, JobDig

“Dick Bolles is the last person on earth who needs my recommendation. Everyone knows his value to the world of career development. My recommendation/gratitude is for his friendship. He’s a wonderful human being, joyful, resilient, and generous.”

—Ellen Jackson

“Dick Bolles is clever, and witty and has some superb ideas….”

—Karen Elizabeth Davies

“I want to recommend Dick for the hard work he has put in both as an author and as a coach. The amount of influence Mr. Bolles has had on the people in career transition, such as myself when the Dot-Com bubble burst, is immeasurable…. His sage wisdom has forever changed my life and I insist that all future employees read the parachute book.”

—Devin Hedge

“I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am to you and your book, What Color Is Your Parachute?. I graduated from a 4-year university in May, and I had no clue what I wanted to do, or how to look for a job. Like any kid, I thought I knew the best way to do things and that I didn’t need anyone’s advice, but after a few months of unemployment I realized that this wasn’t true. My dad had given me a copy of your book, but after a few months of nothing, not even an interview, I really read it, did the exercises, and trusted in what you were saying. I didn’t believe that I would find MY job, the perfect job for me. But I did, at a nonprofit that does cleft lip and palate surgery missions to China and Africa. This job has literally every single attribute that I listed, and I wouldn’t have known what attributes I needed in a job unless I had done your exercises. I’m sure you get probably hundreds of emails a week saying the same thing, so I’ll keep it short—I just wanted to say that I owe my happiness in my job to you and my dad. I recommend your book to EVERYONE, including strangers.”

—Heather Smith

“How can any of us in the career and employment industry not only recommend Dick, but … thank him (and the Good Lord) for single-handedly creating the industry we love and cherish? I know, for sure, I would not be where I am today if Dick and his parachute hadn’t led the way. No, What Color is Your Parachute? is not the Bible. But it may be a distant second. :-) I know I speak for every single person who works in the career/employment industry when I say …‘THANK YOU, DICK’ for all you’ve done. You are one of those very few people who truly are ‘a legend in your own time.’”

—Jay Block
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