Thinking about your current job search or a career change? These books will help you find your way. Learn about the job market. Translate your most important needs, interests, and goals into a rewarding career. Find techniques for a successful job search. These are my long term favorites. Gift a favorite person with the opportunity to explore their desired future.
1. The About.com Guide to Job Searching
Alison Doyle, About's Job Searching Guide, has written a clear, straightforward, comprehensive book that tells you how to get a job. Everything you need for job searching in one handy guide, the book also emphasizes using the Internet for job searching. Doyle's strengths as both a career professional and as an online job search specialist are evident and valuable for the job searcher.
2. Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million+
John Lucht's classic job search book for executives and professionals is rewritten, updated, and includes new information on using the Internet for job searching. I have recommended this book for a long time. Great information about working with job searching professionals.
3. Now, Discover Your Strengths
Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton follow up on their excellent book about what makes great managers great by talking about 34 positive personality factors. Using their StrengthsFinder profile, you can learn a lot about what makes your talents and skills unique. Use the information to select the best field or career for you or the best job in your current field.
4. What Color Is Your Parachute?
Richard Nelson Bolles first offered this book over twenty-five years ago and it remains one of the best career search guides on the market. Rewritten every year, it stays current and fresh. It helps the newer job searcher discover careers congruent with the direction of his interests, values, and needs. It's a good overall job search manual.
5. Insights for the Journey
Obviously, I am a John Lucht fan. This marvelous little book provides insight into moving up through the ranks of management in your company. What's really important for your career development? Find out here from talks with thousands of leaders in a management and executive search career that spans over thirty years.
6. Don't Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules...
Okay, your standard job searching methods aren't landing you the job of your dreams. Maybe Jeffrey J. Fox can provide some different approaches that will work for you. Read the book for several new ideas to complement the classics shared above.
7. Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want
I first read this book in 1986 and yes, I did do the career seeking and developing exercises. I've always been happy I did. This book helped me to decide to start my consulting/writing practice. I've never looked back. Thank you Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb.
8. It's Only Too Late if You Don't Start Now
One of Barbara Sher's best. People who read this book universally say that they wish they had read it ten years earlier. Filled with unconventional wisdom about choices we make in the second half of our lives, no matter where you draw that line, you'll use the ideas in this book. Check it out.
9. Free Agent Nation
Have you considered becoming an independent contractor? Daniel H. Pink tells us that the fastest growing employment trend is free agency. Be your own boss. Learn what it takes. Explore your options. I've never regretted my choice for a minute.
10. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
Barbara Smith and Barbara Sher urge you to live the life you were meant to live, doing the work you dream of having. You can create the work you want from what's important to you in life. These authors help you find out how. Learn more.
(By Susan M. Heathfield, About.com Guide)