Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows I am big on books. Books can help you learn how to tackle new challenges in a way no other medium can. The problem is where to begin. Below I have listed five books that I believe are especially useful. Take a look and see what you think.
Bolles, Richard Nelson. What Color is Your Parachute? Job-Hunters Workbook. 3rd ed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press, 2010 331.7 B63W. Putting together a resume, a profile, or making other initial job hunting decisions, can be difficult. How can you know the answers if you don’t even know the questions you should be asking? This workbook will show you the questions. Take a look. It should help. And it’s by the dean of job hunting, the author of What Color is Your Parachute, first published in the early 70s and still going strong. You will find the 2011 edition in the new book section under 331.128 B63W, on those rare occasions when it’s not checked out.
Levinson, Jay Conrad and David E. Perry. Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap into the Hidden Job Market Using Social Media and 999 Tactics Today. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2011. 331.7 L57G. The computer has added a whole new barrier to getting you face-to-face with someone that can actually hire you. How can you make the computer a doorway rather than a brick wall? Take a look at this book.
Hirsch, Arlene S. Job Search and Career Checklists: 101 Proven Time-saving Checklists to Organize and Plan Your Career Search. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2005. 331.7 H61J This book delivers on its title. These checklists are invaluable tools to figuring out what you need to do next and how to get that “to do” list done.
Crompton, Diane and Ellen Sautter. Find a Job through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works, 2011. 331.7 C88F More jobs are found through networking than by any other means. Although many people tend to use Facebook and Twitter for friends and family and LinkedIn for their professional contacts, all can be extremely useful when you know how to handle them for your job hunt. And if you haven’t a clue what social networking is all about and want to learn more, Crompton and Sautter should give you a firmer foundation on which to build you job search.
Zack, Devora. Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Under Connected. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010. 331.7 Z12N The title alone is worth the price of admission. I like this book because it is not only about networking online, but networking in person as well. In the computer age, the age old idea of face to face networking should not be forgotten.
Let me know if these help you. Do you have other books that have been especially helpful to you? Let me know about them and I’ll put together a new list. Blogs are part of social networking. It’s all about sharing and helping each other.
If you would like to see additional books, check out the “Books” tab at the top of this blog. Although many more books are included here, they are divided into manageable topics. If you are only interested in resumes, check out that section. If you want a book on social networking, look through the list under that heading. Skim through all the topics to see if there are others that you could put to good use.