Learning Books for Job Search

When I first thought about writing this post, I wrote down all the books that I thought were interesting. It was a good list but once I looked it over a few times I realized that most were books written for people who wanted to go out and start their own company.

However, I realized that there are many of you that do not wish to do that so I had to draft in some help to build this list. Therefore, I asked my friend and co-presenter on our SXSW session this year, Kathie Green to help me out. So, the list below largely reflects her input after being through several layoffs and then advising job seekers in her subsequent outplacement role at Right Management.

Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Working Identity – Herminia Ibarra: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
    • my own personal favorite which urged me to think long-term about what I wanted to do and how to go about it

  2. The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris
    • one that I recommend to help expand your horizons and look beyond what you might define as a traditional career and consider some alternatives

  3. Who Moved My Cheese? – Spencer Johnson: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
  4. Now, Discover Your Strengths – Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D.
  5. The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone Zander: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  6. Your Money or Your Life – Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
  7. Rules for Aging – Roger Rosenblatt: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life
  8. Shine – Larry A. Thompson: A Professional 4-Step Plan for Becoming a Star in Anything You Do
  9. The Dream Manager – Matthew Kelly
  10. Good to Great – Jim Collins: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Please suggest some of your own favorites in the comments …