Richard N. Bolles has been acknowledged as the most widely read and influential leader in the career planning field; Money magazine has called him"the one responsible for the renaissance of the career counseling profession in the U.S. over the past decade."

He is the author of "What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers," the most popular career-planning and job-hunting book in the world, with over 6,000,000 copies in print; it is purchased by over 20,000 people a month, and appears in 12 languages. The book was on the N.Y. Times best-seller list for 288 weeks and was selected by the Library of Congress' Center for the Book as one of 25 books that have shaped readers’ lives.

The author’s background is in engineering, physics, theology, and career counseling; he is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in chemical engineering, a graduate of Harvard University in physics (where he graduated cum laude), and a graduate of the General Theological (Episcopal) Seminary in New York City from which he holds a Master’s degree in New Testament studies.

He is author of a number of other books including "Job Hunting on the Internet" and "The Three Boxes of Life and How to Get Out of Them: An Introduction to Life/Work Planning." He co-authored (with Howard Figler) "The Career Counselor’s Handbook," and (with the late John Crystal) "Where Do I Go From Here With My Life?" and the forthcoming (in late 2002) "The Hunger for God." He maintains a free website for job-hunters at, and travels extensively as a speaker or consultant.
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