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FEATURED CAREER, JOB-SEARCH BOOK:
What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles (Ten Speed). It’s easy to feature this book because it’s the best-selling job-hunting book in history, but it’s the best-selling book for a reason. This book offers great career advice and takes you through a number of thought-provoking exercises to help you find a career and job that’s right for you. Definitely one of the books you should own. Updated annually.
TOP CAREER, JOB-SEARCH BOOKS:
I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? A Guide to Getting the Most OUT of LinkedIn, Jason Alba (Happy About). Read our full review.
I’m on Facebook — Now What??? How to GET Business and Professional Value from Facebook, by Jason Alba and Jesse Stay (Happy About). Read our full review.
Job Search Bloopers: Every Mistake You Can Make on the Road to Career Suicide… and How to Avoid Them, by Laura DeCarlo and Susan Guarneri (Career Press). Read our full review.
OTHER CAREER, JOB-SEARCH BOOKS:
And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio Career, by Barrie Hopson (A&C Black).
Bridging the Generation Gap: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, And Gen Yers to Work Together And Achieve More, by Linda Gravett, Ph.D., and Robin Throckmorton (Career Press).
The Career Adventure: Your Guide to Personal Assessments, Career Exploration, and Decision Making, by Susan M. Johnston (Prentice Hall Press).
Career Match: Connecting Who You Are With What You’ll Love to Do, by Shoya Zichy (AMACOM).
Change Your Job, Change Your Life: High Impact Strategies for Finding Great Jobs in the 21st Century (9th edition), by Ronald L. Krannich (Impact Publications).
Dynamite Networking for Dynamite Jobs: 101 Interpersonal, Telephone and Electronic Techniques for Getting Job Leads, Interviews and Offers, by Caryl Rae Krannich and Ronald L. Krannich (Impact Publications).
50 Best Jobs For Your Personality , by J. Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D. (JIST).
Get A Job In 30 Days Or Less: A Realistic Action Plan for Finding the Right Job Fast, by Matthew J. DeLuca (McGraw-Hill).
How to Find the Work You Love, by Laurence G. Boldt (Penguin Books).
Jobs That Don’t Suck, by Charlie Drozdyk (Ballatine Books).
Knock ‘Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Handbook, by Martin John Yate (Adams).
The Naked Career: Your Journey to Emotional and Financial Fulfillment, by Stephen Conway and Paul Meyer (Tate Publishing).
One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success, by Marci Alboher (Business Plus).
Really Useful Job Search Tactics: A Handbook of Contemporary Job Hunting Techniques, by Rick Gillis (Trafford Publishing).
Real World Careers: Why College is NOT the Only Path to Becoming Rich, by Betsy Cummings (Warner Business Books).
Test-Drive Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating the Work You Love, by Brian Kurth with Robin Simons (Business Plus).
This Time I Dance!, by Tama J. Kieves (Tarcher).
30 Days to a Good Job: The Systematic Job-Hunting Program that will Help you Find Profitable Employment in One Month or Less, by Hal Gieseking and Paul Plawin (Fireside).
Through the Brick Wall: How to Job Hunt in a Tight Market, by Kate Wendleton (Random House).
What’s That Job and How the Hell Do I Get It? The Inside Scoop on More Than 50 Cool Jobs From the People Who Actually Have Them, by David J. Rosen (Broadway Books).
Who Says There are No Jobs Out There? 25 Irreverent Rules for Getting a Job, by Bob Weinstein (McGraw-Hill).
Your Outplacement Handbook: Redesigning Your Career, by Fern Lebo.
Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design, by Laurence G. Boldt (Penguin).
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