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Description: Looking to start your career? Pivot to a new one? Get out of a work funk? Check out these books to jump start your next move in your career. #general


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#GIRLBOSS

by Sophia Amoruso

In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called “Lean In for misfits,” Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.

Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school—a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.

Flash forward to today, and she’s the founder of Nasty Gal and the founder and CEO of Girlboss. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.

#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.

Date Added: 09/21/2018


Category: General Career Advice

You Can Do Anything

by George Anders

In a tech-dominated world, the most needed degrees are the most surprising: the liberal arts

Did you take the right classes in college? Will your major help you get the right job offers? For more than a decade, the national spotlight has focused on science and engineering as the only reliable choice for finding a successful post-grad career. Our destinies have been reduced to a caricature: learn to write computer code or end up behind a counter, pouring coffee. Quietly, though, a different path to success has been taking shape. In YOU CAN DO ANYTHING, George Anders explains the remarkable power of a liberal arts education - and the ways it can open the door to thousands of cutting-edge jobs every week.

The key insight: curiosity, creativity, and empathy aren't unruly traits that must be reined in. You can be yourself, as an English major, and thrive in sales. You can segue from anthropology into the booming new field of user research; from classics into management consulting, and from philosophy into high-stakes investing. At any stage of your career, you can bring a humanist's grace to our rapidly evolving high-tech future. And if you know how to attack the job market, your opportunities will be vast.

In this book, you will learn why resume-writing is fading in importance and why "telling your story" is taking its place. You will learn how to create jobs that don't exist yet, and to translate your campus achievements into a new style of expression that will make employers' eyes light up. You will discover why people who start in eccentric first jobs - and then make their own luck - so often race ahead of peers whose post-college hunt focuses only on security and starting pay. You will be ready for anything.

Date Added: 09/21/2018


Category: Occupation Specific Information

Shift

by Steve Kettmann and Peter Arnell

When some of the world’s biggest corporations need to revive their brands, innovate products, and rethink their images, they call Peter Arnell.

Now in his fourth decade of branding and marketing for such companies as Samsung, Reebok, DKNY, GNC, and Pepsi, Arnell explains how you can use some of the same strategies that famous brands do, in order to improve your own image, life, and career. Arnell knows this firsthand because he applied many of these same strategies to transform his own life by losing 256 pounds.

How did he do it? Arnell created an idea he calls Shift.

With Shift, you’ll discover the steps you need to take in order to become the best you. Creating and revitalizing brands happens every day in business. Shift shows how you can make it happen for yourself and your personal brand.

Innovative insights such as “go helium” are used by Arnell to explain how he reached his ultimate goal of 150 pounds—you can apply his techniques to reach for your own goals. You will see—through Arnell’s description of how he “went tiger”—how to exercise your own discipline and commitment, without apology, even if that means bucking the norm. And by learning to reach out to your brand audience, you will come to understand the importance of your network of friends, acquaintances, colleagues, and family—your fan club— in keeping you motivated and providing the feedback you need for success.

Weaving together personal stories of his own transformation with stories about how he created transformative change for brands such as Reebok and Pepsi, Arnell shares his unique vision on how each of us can rebrand and transform ourselves, both personally and professionally, to achieve the success we desire.

Date Added: 09/21/2018


Category: Transition and Career Change

Meaningful Work

by Shawn Askinosie and Lawren Askinosie

The founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, an award-winning craft chocolate factory, shows readers how he discovered the secret to purposeful work and business − and how we can too, no matter what work we do.

Askinosie Chocolate is a small-batch, award winning chocolate company widely considered to be a vanguard in the industry. Known for sourcing 100% of his cocoa beans directly from farmers across the globe, Shawn Askinosie has pioneered direct trade and profit sharing in the craft chocolate industry with farmers in Tanzania, Ecuador, and the Philippines. In addition to developing relationships with smallholder farmers, the company also partners with schools in their origin communities to provide lunch to 1,600 children every day with no outside donations. Twenty-five years ago, Shawn Askinosie was a successful criminal defense lawyer trying his first murder death penalty case that would later go on to become a Dateline special. For many years he found law satisfying, but after several high profile trials he reached a breaking point and found solace in the search for a new career.

In this inspiring guide to discovering a vocation that feeds your heart and soul, Askinosie describes his quest to discover more meaningful work – a search that led him to volunteering in the palliative care wing of a hospital, to a Trappist monastery where he became inspired by the monks focus on “being” rather than “doing,” and eventually traipsing through jungles across the globe in search of excellent cocoa bean farmers to make award winning chocolate. Askinosie shares his hard-won insights into doing work that reflects one’s values and purpose in life. He shares with readers visioning tools that can be used in any industry or field to create a work life that is inspired and fulfilling. Askinosie shows us that everyone has the capacity to find meaning in their work and be a positive force for good in the world.

Date Added: 09/21/2018


Category: General Career Advice

Career Perspectives

by Marie Attmore

Interviews and advice from blind and visually impaired professionals about education and breaking into the job market.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Disabilities and Employment

Different, Not Less

by Temple Grandin and Tony Attwood

Temple Grandin offers the world yet another great work, an inspiring and informative book that offers both hope and encouragement.

In these pages, Temple presents the personal success stories of fourteen unique individuals that illustrate the extraordinary potential of those on the autism spectrum.

One of Temple’s primary missions is to help people with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and ADHD tap into their hidden abilities. Temple chose these contributors from a wide variety of different skill sets to show how it can be done. Each individual tells their own story in their own words about their lives, relationships, and eventual careers. The contributors also share how they dealt with issues they confronted while growing up, such as bullying, making eye contact, and honing social skills.

Different...Not Less shows how, with work, each of the contributors:

  • Found invaluable mentors
  • Learned skills necessary for employment when young
  • Became successfully employed
  • Developed self-confidence
  • Faced the challenges of forming and maintaining relationships (and sometimes) Raised families
  • Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Disabilities and Employment

    Do What You Are

    by Paul D. Tieger and Kelly Tieger and Barbara Barron

    The bestselling guide to finding career success and satisfaction through Personality Type is now thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated.

    Do What You Are -- the time-honored classic that has already helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work -- is now updated to include jobs in today's hottest markets, including health services, education, and communications technology.

    With the global economy's ups and downs, the advent of astonishing new technology, the migration to online work and study, and the ascendancy of mobile communication, so much has changed in the American workplace since this book's fourth edition was published in 2007. What hasn't changed is the power of Personality Type to help people achieve job satisfaction.

    This fifth edition is especially useful for millennials and for baby boomers experiencing midlife career switches. The book leads readers step-by-step through the process of determining and verifying Personality Type. Then it identifies occupations that are popular with each Type, provides helpful case studies, and offers a rundown of each Type's work-related strengths and weaknesses. Focusing on each Type's strengths, Do What You Are uses workbook exercises to help readers customize their job search, ensuring the best results in the shortest period of time.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Career Assessment and Choosing a Job

    Lawyers, Lead On

    by Rebecca S. Williford and Carrie A. Basas and Stephanie L. Enyart

    This inspiring book contains letters of encouragement and advice from lawyers with disabilities to law students and new lawyers with disabilities. The writers share their perspectives on work and disability, based on their own experiences of success and setbacks.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Disabilities and Employment

    The Career Fitness Program

    by Diane Sukiennik and Lisa Raufman and William Bendat

    Firmly focused on today's career realities and economy - with sufficient breadth to help students choose, change, or confirm career choices and encourage growth for all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances.

    The Career Fitness Program is a top to bottom renovation, reaffirming, recasting, refocusing, and reframing this best-seller to revitalize content, graphics, photos, and layout to address the changing needs of students. It is user-friendly, easy to read, and suitable for both two- and four-year college students. It goes beyond facts and figures by offering critical questions that help students focus on, 'What's in it for them', to discover their best career fit. The organization follows the standard sequence of the decision-making process and career search process - Personal Assessment, The World of Work, and The Job Search - which enables use in short term courses or workshops while still giving students a comprehensive text for reference, and is easily customizable.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Students and Young Job-seekers

    The Elements of Résumé Style

    by Scott Bennett

    It's amazing the misinformation found in most resume books! Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kind of resume sparks an employer's interest-and which ones fail. In The Elements of Resume Style, he warns against popular "tricks" that tend to backfire-and instead shows readers how to craft clear, compelling, targeted resumes and cover letters that actually work.

    In this new edition, readers see that whether it's on paper or online, the rules are the same: use clear, dynamic language-and keep it short and focused. Now covering social media, the online application process, and more, this indispensable guide provides:

  • More than 1,400 action words, statements, and position descriptions that help sell your skills and experience
  • Hundreds of words, phrases, and vague claims to avoid
  • Advice for handling employment gaps, job-hopping, and requests for salary history and requirements
  • Sample resumes, response letter, inquiry letter, informational interview request letter, references, and more
  • Surprising tips for acing the interview
  • Competition is intense no matter what your field, but this candid book's time-tested tools will make you stand out-and help get you the job you deserve!

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Resumé and Cover Letter Writing

    All Work, No Pay

    by Lauren Berger

    Land Killer Internships—and Make the Most of Them!

    These days, a college resume without internship experience is considered “naked.” Indeed, statistics show that internship experience leads to more job offers with highersalaries—and in this tough economy, college grads need all the help they can get.

    Enter Lauren Berger, internships expert and CEO of Intern Queen, Inc., whose comprehensive guide reveals insider secrets to scoring the perfect internship, building invaluable connections, boosting transferable skills, and ultimately moving toward your dream career. She’ll show you how to:

  • Discover the best internship opportunities, from big companies to virtual internships
  • Write effective resumes and cover letters
  • Nail phone, Skype, and in-person interviews
  • Know your rights as an intern
  • Use social networking to your advantage
  • Network like a pro
  • Impress your boss
  • Get solid letters of recommendation
  • Turn internships into job opportunities
  • With exercises, examples, and a go-getter attitude, this next-generation internship manual provides all the cutting-edge information students and recent grads will need to get a competitive edge in the job market. So what are you waiting for?

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Students and Young Job-seekers

    The Job Search Solution

    by Tony Beshara

    When Dr. Phil's viewers need help turning their job search woes into employment success, he calls in Tony Beshara. One of the most successful placement professionals in the United States, Beshara knows what works and what doesn't. In The Job Search Solution, he outlines the simple yet powerful system that has helped over 100,000 people land jobs they love. Now, in a completely updated second edition, Beshara addresses the major challenges that confront candidates seeking employment today, including advice for readers who have been out of work for a while, were fired from their last job, are looking to change careers, or may be facing discrimination due to age.

    Featuring interactive exercises, real-life examples, practical Do's and Don'ts, and other essential tools, the new edition reveals how candidates can create a personal "brand" online, communicate with potential employers via e-mail, and leverage personal stories throughout the interview process. Both practical and empowering, The Job Search Solution gives readers the tools they need to get hired in one of the toughest job markets ever.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Job Searching

    Career Match

    by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou

    The simple quiz that can change your life... Is your job just a way to pay the bills? It doesn't have to be that way. You'll find that when your career fits your personality, it becomes a source of tremendous satisfaction and success.

    Career Match is designed to help you discover your ideal work. Take the ten-minute self-assessment to determine your personality style and then turn to the corresponding chapter-the one that reads as if it's written just for you-and:

  • Identify career choices that will exhilarate you
  • Recognize the type of work environment and boss you need to thrive
  • Learn to leverage your natural strengths
  • Customize and speed your job search
  • Updated to include hot new careers in areas such as gaming, web design, alternative energy, cybersecurity, food science, and more, the second edition features expanded chapters for each personality type and fresh stories of people who have found fulfillment in work perfectly suited to them. If you're looking for direction, this indispensable guide will help you match who you are with what you're meant to do-for a lifetime of gratifying work and greater success.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Career Assessment and Choosing a Job

    Good Trouble

    by Sander Hicks and Joe Biel and Joyce Brabner

    In 1996, everything about Joe Biel's life seemed like a mistake. He was 18, he lived in Cleveland, he got drunk every day, and he had mystery health problems and weird social tics.

    All his friends' lives were as bad or worse. To escape a nihilistic, apocalyptic worldview and to bring reading and documentation into a communal punk scene, he started assembling zines and bringing them in milk crates to underground punk shows. Eventually this became Microcosm Publishing. But Biel's head for math was stronger than his ability to relate to people, and it wasn't until he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome that it all began to fall into place.

    This is the story of how, over 20 years, one person turned a litany of continuing mistakes and seeming wrong turns into a happy, fulfilled life and a thriving publishing business that defies all odds.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Disabilities and Employment

    Career Choices and Changes

    by Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker

    From best-selling authors with over 2 million books in print, this new edition of Career Choices and Changes updates and enhances the earlier expert-applauded versions to address the realities of the 21st-century workplace. Career Choices and Changes is unique because:

  • It provides a step-by-step workbook/journal format to help the reader discover for themselves the careers that will match their passions, lifestyle aspirations, skills, and aptitudes.
  • It promotes learning through questioning rather than through the didactic copy of traditional books, empowering the reader to consider and contemplate their own unique qualities and desires.
  • It introduces a process for career and lifestyle decision-making that can be used over and over again, thereby empowering the reader to productively navigate through a lifetime of workplace and personal change.
  • Combined with the optional My10yearPlan.com the learner comes away with a comprehensive planned portfolio to help chart their course for the life-long learning that change necessitates.
  • Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Transition and Career Change

    The Job Search Checklist

    by Damian Birkel

    Losing your job can be a crushing setback, but the key is to remember the expression: "When one door closes, another one opens." With the proven tips and tactics featured in The Job Search Checklist, you'll learn how to turn your loss into opportunity and find another job fast. This indispensable guide covers everything from dealing with the emotional impact of being laid off to rebuilding your professional identity. You'll get solid advice on:

  • Developing a career plan by taking stock of your experience, abilities, and goals
  • Crafting an effective résumé and building Internet-friendly documents
  • Creating a "personal marketing plan" to promote yourself to potential employers
  • Finding the hidden job market through in-person and online networking
  • Downloadable templates, sample cover letters, a range of effective résumé formats, and even job search correspondence will help you customize your efforts. Helpful checklists throughout the book will get you on the right track and keep you there. You'll also discover valuable strategies for interviewing and negotiating effectively, plus tips on hitting the ground running once you start that new--and better--job.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Job Searching

    The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook

    by Yuwanda Black

    The definitive resource for a new generation of freelancers!

    Freelance writer, internet marketer, and mobile entrepreneur Yuwanda Black specializes in helping young freelancers build a business and "live the freelance life," and in The Ultimate Freelancer's Guidebook, she gives you the tools you need to be successful in the ever-growing freelance market. Whether you're just starting out or looking to grow and expand, you'll learn how to:

  • Break into the freelance market
  • Find the best-paying jobs
  • Negotiate a contract
  • Build a brand
  • Create a strong online presence and portfolio
  • You'll also learn how to build your reputation in the freelance market, form long-lasting professional relationships, and start taking control of your own employment destiny--and success!

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Occupation Specific Information

    Pivot

    by Jenny Blake

    Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and former career development program manager at Google, reveals how to methodically make your next career move by doubling down on what is already working.

    Careers are not linear, predictable ladders any longer; they are fluid trajectories. No matter our age, life stage, bank account balance, or seniority, we are all being asked to navigate career changes much more frequently than in years past. The average employee tenure in America is just four to five years, and even those roles change dramatically within that time. Our economy now demands that we create businesses and careers based on creativity, growth, and impact. In this dynamic world of work, the only move that matters is your next one.

    Drawing from her own experience and those of other successful pivoters, Jenny Blake has created a four-stage process that teaches anyone how to seamlessly and continually:

  • Double-down on existing strengths, interests, and experiences
  • Find new opportunities and identify skills to develop without falling prey to analysis-paralysis and compare-and-despair
  • Run small experiments to determine next steps
  • Take smart risks to launch with confidence in a new direction
  • This book is for anyone searching for an answer to the question, "What's next?"

    Whether you have hit a plateau in your perfect-on-paper job, are considering taking on a new role in your current job, are thinking about starting your own business, or you want to move into a new industry altogether, one thing remains clear: your career success depends on your ability to determine your next best move.

    If change is the only constant, let's get better at it.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Transition and Career Change

    Cool Careers For Dummies

    by Marty Nemko and Richard N. Bolles

    Every year, thousands of people change careers. Whether you are arecently graduated student looking to put what you studied to good use or an experienced professional looking for a change in routine,finding a career that really suits you can be a daunting task.

    Cool Careers for Dummies helps you discover what you really want out of life, what your passions are, and how well you perform in different environments, and then shows you how to use this information to find a career that suits you. Now revised and up-to-date, this easy-to-use guidebook helps you explore your job options and make clear-minded decisions. This new edition gives you the tools you need to:

  • Search for and find a career that fits your talents
  • Land the job you want
  • Train for your new found career
  • Mold your resume into a masterpiece
  • Put on a stunning interview
  • Improve your career by making the most out of your job
  • Explore the fun and profit of self-employment
  • Along with these features, Cool Careers for Dummies provides a self-assessment section to help you identify your interests. After answering a few questions about yourself,you’ll apply your answers to the Cool Careers Yellow Pages, which profiles more than 500 great careers. It also lets you in on some unwritten codes of the office, such as having integrity,defusing saboteurs, and maintaining office relationships. So what are you waiting for? Get Cool Careers for Dummies and find the job of your dreams today!

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Career Assessment and Choosing a Job

    What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018

    by Richard N. Bolles

    With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.

    In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Job Searching

    What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019

    by Richard N. Bolles

    With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2019, tailoring Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers.

    In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work—and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

    Date Added: 10/26/2018


    Category: Job Searching

    What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Resumes

    by Richard N. Bolles

    The first resume book from the What Color Is Your Parachute? career guru Richard Bolles.

    Resumes get an average of eight seconds of attention before going in the trash—or getting on the shortlist. That’s just one of the findings reported here, as legendary career expert Richard N. Bolles presents new research about resumes in a guide that summarizes everything job-hunters and career-changers need to know about this essential tool.

    This timely resource features the latest research on important resume topics such as key words, soft skills, scanning software, social media, and online posting. Bolles argues that on the basis of what we now know, we need to rethink what a resume is—and how it should be written. He details the words that must be avoided, and the words that must be used, on a resume that wins you interviews.

    This slim volume distills a huge amount of information down to its very essence. Armed with tips and shortcuts based on the author’s decades of experience, you can craft a resume and cover letter that will stand out to your dream employers—and increase your chances of getting interviews and landing jobs.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Resumé and Cover Letter Writing

    Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped (Second Edition)

    by Richard Nelson Bolles and Dale S. Brown

    Richard Bolles' What Color is your Parachute? has helped millions of readers find their path in life, and now his creative approach to job-hunting is brought to bear on the specific challenges faced by job hunters with disabilities. In Job-Hunting for the So-Called HandicappedM/i>, Bolles and Dale Susan Brown guide readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the intricacies of the ADA, describing in clear terms what the act does and does not guarantee disabled job hunters, and then move on to job-hunting strategies tailored specifically to people with disabilities.

    Date Added: 05/25/2017


    Category: Disabilities and Employment

    Writer's Market 2018

    by Robert Lee Brewer

    Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2018 guide you with thousands of publishing opportunities--including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings feature contact and submission information so you can get started right away.

    Beyond the listings, you'll find all-new material devoted to the business and promotion of writing. Discover the secrets to writing better queries and selling more articles, tips to earn money from blogging, and how to develop a standout author brand. Plus, you'll learn how to create an effective e-mail newsletter, improve organization, and build a solid foundation for long-term writing success. This edition includes the ever-popular pay-rate chart and book publisher subject index.

    You'll also gain access to:

  • Lists of professional writing organizations
  • Sample query letters
  • Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: Occupation Specific Information

    Build Your Reputation

    by Rob Brown

    Stop being a well-kept secret and start being the go-to choice.

    Your reputation is what people say about you when you're not there. It's your most powerful asset for business growth, career enhancement and freedom of choice in many aspects of life. Yet too many people leave it to chance. They are a well-kept secret – it's not enough to be the best, you have to be seen to be the best.

    Build Your Reputation will show you how to master the skills of brand-building to develop a powerful profile and a formidable name. You'll learn how to identify your brand and where it fits into the big picture, and then you'll learn how to become the obvious choice for whatever it is you do. Becoming known isn't a matter of chance, nor is it a matter of luck – it's a practical set of highly coachable skills that anyone can learn. Learn how to build credibility, connect with the right people and make your achievements known.

  • Identify and build your personal brand
  • Position yourself strategically for maximum impact
  • Attract the right relationships and the right attention
  • Become the go-to guru for whatever you do.
  • The highest-paid people in any company, industry or profession are not necessarily the most qualified, gifted or best. They're the most popular. They are liked, trusted, recommended, chosen, hired and introduced. Build Your Reputation gives you the inside track to the top, with practical wisdom and strategic advice for building your own brand.

    Date Added: 09/21/2018


    Category: General Career Advice


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