Useful Resources

Career Exploration and Career Change

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What Color is Your Parachute Workbook by Richard Bolles
A shorter version of the tough-to-finish Parachute Guide. This one includes many useful exercises and can be a good place to start thinking about career change.

Wishcraft: How to Get what you Really Want by Barbara Sher and Annie Gottleib
A classic that goes beyond the nuts-and-bolts into important emotional areas.

Strategies for Successful Career Change by Martha E. Mangelsdorf
If you've done some basics like thinking about your strengths, values, interests, and personality, and would like guidance on next steps, including how to overcome challenges like changing careers while still paying the bills, this book offers both practical advice and examples of how many other professionals tackled the tough parts of career change.

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career by Herminia Ibarra
This book examines the psychology of identity and career change and suggests many non-standard approaches, including trying out new activities, reaching out to new groups, finding new role models, and reworking one's story. It profiles 39 career changers, their motivations and their courses of action.

Embracing Fear and Finding the Courage to Live Your Life by Thom Rutledge
A poetic and inspiring book about making fear your ally and talking back to your inner bully.

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Job Search

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The 6 Reasons You'll Get the Job by Debra Angel MacDougall and Elisabeth Harney Sanders-Park
Suggests strategies and for finding and landing jobs by demonstrating how employers view applicants, and what you can do to stand out.

The New Job Security by Pam Lassiter
This sounds as if it would be a book about managing your career, but in fact it is primarily an excellent, detailed, job search guide. If you have patience, this is a very rewarding resource.

Monster Careers How to Land the Job of Your Life by Jeff Taylor
A solid guide that is easy to follow and provides all the basics except the use of social networking.

Guide to America's Federal Jobs by Karol Taylor and Janet M. Ruck
Four hundred pages of descriptions of 100 agencies and departments, what they do, locations, and URLs, plus examples of types of jobs and step-by-step guidance on how to apply.

How to Find a Job on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter MySpace by Brad and Debra Schepp
I've bought several books on using LinkedIn (the professionally-oriented networking site), and this is by far the best. It details, with screen shots, all of the features that can help you create and use a social network for career purposes, and is an excellent tool for job-seekers who are not totally conversant with the social networking world.

Competency-Based Interviews by Robin Kessler
This book coaches you on how best to present yourself in today's tough interviews.

Heather's Career Resource Guide by Heather Wieshlow
The 2009 version contains 1500 top career websites and research resources. It's expensive, so try your library or share it. Be sure to get the 2009 version. Available at

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Career Management

How to Say it at Work by Jack Griffin
From advice on dealing with emotionally stunted bosses to giving and receiving criticism, this book is full of suggestions and scripts. If you keep having difficulty with workplace dynamics and politics, add this nuts-and-bolts book to your collection.

Your Boss is Not Your Mother: Eight Steps to Eliminating Office Drama and Creating Positive Relationships at Work by Debra Mandel
Offers insights into why you may be engaging in career-limiting behaviors at work, and how you can change your patterns.

Corporate Confidential by Cynthia Shapiro
My many years as a manager kept me nodding my head as I read this punchy book. This book won't give you the self-understanding of Your Boss is Not Your Mother, but it can guide you by pointing out many of the most common career-limiting behaviors.

Nice Girls Don't get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel
The author identifies behaviors many girls learned in childhood and carry with them into the workplace. She suggests ways to eliminate unconscious behaviors that can be holding some women back — without suggesting that becoming nasty is the way to go.

The First 90 Days: Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins
You have a new job or a nice promotion. This book can help you learn best practices and also how to avoid the all-too common mistakes of a new leader.

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