What Books Does a Career Expert Recommend?
Take advantage of my tireless reading habit by checking out my recommendations for the best books on salary negotiations, interviewing, career change and how even you can use Twitter to enhance your job search.
I’m constantly reading books to build a menu of relevant materials that I can recommend to help you through your career challenges and changes, so here’s a list of some gems.
Salary Negotiations: No matter what your career level, you should have the skills to ask for what you deserve, and Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1000 a Minute, by Jack Chapman (7th Edition), is the most thorough, comprehensible book I’ve found on this topic.
Interviewing: For those just starting out in a career, the jobseeker’s bible, Interview Magic: Job Interview Secrets from America’s Career and Life Coach, by Susan Britton Whitcomb, contains a wealth of guidance on interviewing and much, much more.
For those simply dreading the interview process, The Career Coward’s Guide to Interviewing, by Katy Piotrowski, (not to insinuate that in any way you’re a coward) could really help you in preparing for the before, during and after interview phases.
Twitter: For those of you adventurous enough to explore Twitter’s potential, I highly recommend The Twitter Job Search Guide, by Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan and Deb Dib.
LinkedIn: Because LinkedIn is constantly changing, I’ve found that any book written about it is outdated by the time it hits the shelf. That’s why I’ll echo an earlier recommendation. View two, one-hour recorded seminars, LinkedIn Job Search Fundamentals, Parts 1 & 2, by clicking on the Watch now link at the bottom of the screen. (These webinars are recorded each month, so you’ll always be able to benefit from the latest info.)
Career Change: The Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers, by Katy Piotrowski, is an amazingly easy to use tool that provides pertinent exercises to guide you through the steps necessary as you consider, pursue and obtain the career of your dreams.
An oldie but goodie, Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., can help you to put your fear in its place so that you can take those leaps you’ve been fantasizing about.
Entrepreneurs: If you’re considering pursuing a life you believe could be more fulfilling, gain some inspiration from The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World, by Chris Guillebeau.
Tip: Your local library can be a great resource to help you expand your career consciousness on the cheap.
21 May 2013