Jumping to a Job

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career Changers (Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd edition, 2014), offers advice and talks about what's changed and what's stayed the same since publishing the first edition of his book in 1970.


Richard Bolles

Comments [12]

Alexis from Long Island City

Do you have any recommendations for job seekers who haven't gone to college?

Aug. 14 2014 04:45 PM
Raymond Helfrich from Montclair/West Orange, NJ

If you're in the northern NJ area, please check out our online discussion forum/information archive: Northern NJ Professionals in Transition. We share thoughts & feelings; news & links; events & articles; questions & answers; etc. There are many meetings listed, for group support and with expert speakers. Let's continue the conversation about the great book, "What Color is Your Parachute"!

Aug. 14 2014 12:08 PM
James D'Addio from hastings on hudson

Brian: I really wish you had an hour-long conversation with Richard many people could use his very on the money
knowledgeable information especially focusing on us older folks maybe adjusting our careers later in life this should be part two of his book. As we seek our dream in later life we need manageable direction.
Please consider extensive focus in this area, as it is crucial to the economy as well the creative process of 55 year olds and up.


Aug. 14 2014 11:52 AM
Shari from South River, NJ

Quick question for Mr. Bolles before he leaves the studio:

I have 3 earlier versions of your book: '90, '95 and '98. Is there any reason to keep these earlier versions? Or should I just get your latest?

Aug. 14 2014 11:45 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I tell college students trying to decide on a major to do what they're most interested in. It may not look very promising in the current economy, but things change, & opportunities may open up in areas that don't have so many now, in ways that nobody's thought of yet.

Aug. 14 2014 11:44 AM
Andre P. from Newark

Mr. Bolles said people with degrees in Applied Mathematics will be "snapped up" immediately by any employer. I have a degree in Applied Mathematics, but I haven't seen much interest in what I can contribute, from employers as well as politicians. How should I go about being "snapped up"?

Aug. 14 2014 11:42 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Regarding what kind of people you don't want to work with, I've found that the same kind of negative people exist at almost every company.
Over 20 years, I haven't been able to avoid:

- extreme type A managers who treat people like dog crap
- disgruntled coasters who try to suck others into a black hole
- one uppers and bossy co-workers
- nasty caged animals ready to bite
- uncooperative, non-team players

I've accepted that these frustrating individuals are everywhere and I can't count on avoiding them. Any advice?

Aug. 14 2014 11:36 AM
Christine from NYC

What advice can you give to people who are mid-career changers; such as going from public education/teaching to arts/museum education? Despite an extensive education background, museums/arts institutions do not want to consider me for employment because my lack of an arts degree. Any input will be greatly appreciated!

Aug. 14 2014 11:34 AM
Soldier's Father from Westchester

Could you ask Mr. Bolles for some specific advice for veterans on how to translate their military experience and skills so civilian employers understand and value them? Thanks!

Aug. 14 2014 11:34 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

How does one transfer from one field to another? I'm a photographer who would like to work for a nonprofit org.

Aug. 14 2014 11:29 AM
Brendan from Brooklyn

Hi Brian and Richard,

I'm 25 and an aspiring entrepreneur. I have some business ideas in mind but don't have a lot of capital. I've found success in the corporate space so far in my career but I'd like to be involved with something that will prepare me for running my own small business. Any ideas about what type of role would be the next right step for me?

Thank you

Aug. 14 2014 11:26 AM
Greg Worley from Manhattan

I would love to know more about organizations/websites helping those with a long career history in management transition to the nonprofit world. Any suggestions?

Aug. 14 2014 11:22 AM

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