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Careers: Losing Jobs, Finding Jobs, Creating Jobs, and Changing Jobs

Careers: Losing Jobs, Finding Jobs, Creating Jobs, and Changing Jobs

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A lot of people I know are either losing jobs, finding jobs, creating jobs, or changing jobs. 

Others I know are looking for work-life balance, expanding their capabilities, figuring out how to work better with their boss, finding ways to use their strengths at work, and looking for ways to flourish while they master their craft.  And others I know are spawning their own business or figuring out how to work online, or attempting to create six-figure second incomes to take away the threat of job loss, and to deal with a down economy (which may very well be the new normal … with a twist of irony where business growth means job decline.) 

In a lot of ways, it’s a game of owning your destiny, plotting your path with your vision, mission, and values, driving from your life-style, and mastering self-efficacy, while adapting and responding to our ever-changing world.

I’ve put together a page to help:

Career Books

The game is tough.  Whether you are losing a job, finding a job, creating a job, or changing a job.  It’s especially tough if you don’t have proven practices under your belt for everything from networking to building resumes to job searching to interviewing effectively.  Even what appears to be simple transitions can be challenging if you can’t read the situations, build your network effectively, identify quick wins, and hit the ground running.

You might say that “making your way in the world today, takes everything you’ve got.”

To help my mentees, friends, family, colleagues, and more build their toolbox of proven practices for career development, I’ve significantly revamped my Career Books page.   It’s a serious collection of the best books for career development, building your brand, choosing career paths, improving your workplace effectiveness, improving your energy and motivation, dealing with setbacks, finding jobs, improving your resume, improving your interview skills, surviving and thriving during change and transitions, and finding your work-life balance.

There is something in it for everyone.  In fact, I’ve added new sections on topics like Artists at Work and Zen at Work.   I’ve even added a section on Work Less, Achieve More.   I’ve included my best books that really help you work less, while achieving more and flowing more value.  There are many, many game changing strategies and tactics that you can instantly use to find your purpose, play to your strengths, get more things done, and get meaningful results.

I’ve also added a lot more books to really round out my career books collection.  Some new additions to my career books include The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers, by James Citrin and Richard Smith, The Six-Figure Second Income: How To Start and Grow A Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job, by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek, Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, by Barbara Sher, Getting Started in Consulting, by Alan Weiss, Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting, by Victor Cheng,  The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company, by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, Asher's Bible of Executive Resumes and How to Write Them, by Donald Asher, How to Click with People: The Secret to Better Relationships in Business and in Life, by Dr. Rick Kirshner, The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive, by Brendon Burchard, and many others.

I also expanded the Effectiveness section to include many of the books that have really made a difference for myself and others.  For example, some of my favorites include, Mentored by a Millionaire, by Steven Scott, The First 90 Days, by Michael Watkins, The 80/20 Individual, by Richard Koch, and Positive Intelligence, by Shirzad Chamine.

My collection of great career books will give you a serious and significant edge when it comes to managing your career and finding your way forward.   Check it out:

Career Books

Enjoy.