Resources

The following books, webinars, and websites offer a Do-It-Yourself approach to career development and/or will supplement the work we do together:

Self-Assessment/Career Choice

  • Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. This brilliant book applies design thinking - brainstorming, prototyping, testing, deciding - to your life, helping you create a career that is meaningful and fulfilling. It combines self assessment and fact finding exercises with sensible advice.  You'll find the author's TED talk hereCareer Direction
  • www.self-directed-search.com - a real classic. Brief assessment generates a "Holland Code" that suggests career families and choices that match your type and primary interests.
  • Clarity about your life values - more specifically, your personal definitions of success and life balance - are instrumental in making the best decisions about your career. Check out Richard Shell's simple but brilliant "Six Lives" exercise. 
  • Life's a Bitch and then you Change Careers, Andrea Kay. You may need to get around the title, but when you do you'll find some down-to-earth information - as well as companion interest and values exercises - that provide welcome clarification to the career seeker. The key is to do all the exercises. Your hard work and self-discipline will be rewarded!
  • What to Do with the Rest of Your Life, Robin Ryan. The strength of this book is the way the author helps readers who feel "stuck" recognize the myriad of options facing people at a crossroads in their careers. Very intelligently done.
  • Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction, Laura Berman Fortgang. Walk through the author's twelve weeks of structured exercises and activities and you will be on your way. Be prepared to work but you won't be wasting any effort when you do.
  • www.16personalities.com - this temperament assessment is analogous to the Myers-Briggs Temperament Assessment (MBTI) but it's free. After you take the 15 minute assessment, you receive your temperament type and a host of valuable information about how your inclinations affect career choice, parenting, work style, and relational style. Very illuminating!

Interviewing

  • Studies consistently show that interviewers form their opinion about you within their first 5 minutes of meeting you. So your response to the common initial question, "Tell me about yourself," is critical. Listen here (at 54:00) to learn the brilliant "P.E.T" approach and hear Jeremy Schifeling, tech career coach and former recruiter, guide a job seeker through it. 

Career Exploration

  • www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit – The U.S. Department of Labor provides skill, interest and personal values assessments, wage and occupational trend reports, and a directory of career fields and requirements.
  • www.bls.gov/ooh/ (Occupational Outlook Handbook) - This web site, also published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides accurate sketches of hundreds of job titles as well as a wealth of location specific, job-related and economic information from around the country. Also included are updated state unemployment rates, salary information, and anticipated job growth rates for industries and career fields.
  • www.glassdoor.com and Vault’s Insider Guides – filled with insider information about popular career fields as well as the inside scoop of what it’s like to work at many local and national employers.
  • www.careeronestop.org/Videos/CareerandClusterVideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx – Watch video overviews of more than 550 careers. It’s worth a look since most of the videos offer footage of professionals on the job site.

Job Boards

  • www.indeed.com - A job aggregator that collects job postings from all general and niche job boards as well as newspapers, professional association websites, and employer websites. It's a fabulous opportunity for one-stop job shopping on the Web. You can use handy features like job search agents or RSS feeds to avoid having to search every day for the latest relevant postings.

Moving from Individual Contributor to Manager

  • This HBR video from Harvard researcher and management consultant Herminia Ibarra provides great advice for this challenging transition including how to build internal networks, adopt a strategic perspective, balance authenticity with effectiveness, and coach team members who were your colleagues. 

Linkedin

  • Linkedin: Tell Your Story, Land the Job, Jeff Norman. An estimated 85% of recruiters search for a new hire on Linkedin. Consequently, job seekers must prepare a targeted and thorough profile and connect strategically with others. The good news is that there's a proven formula for doing so. This book outlines best practices.
  • Linkedin's help section offers solid, basic advice for setting up your profile.  They also offer some terrific suggestions for using Linkedin to find a job here.  
  • For practical advice on using your LinkedIn profile to create a personal brand, find and contact other professionals, and accelerate your job search, check out this webinar from Brandeis University (relevant content begins at 11 minutes) or this webinar from my colleague Kathy Bernard.
  • When we meet, we'll talk about the importance of posting regularly on Linkedin.  Here's a cheat sheet to tell you how.

Resume | General Job Search Strategy

  • The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career - Highly read-able,  do-able and up to date advice on choosing a job target, employing a multi-faceted job search, and landing and advancing in a job that lies at the intersection of your aptitudes and appetite. Great planning tools and worksheets to keep you focused and moving forward in a world of work that is changing rapidly. 
  • www.workitdaily.com - Free webinars, blog posts, articles and resources for the job seeker compiled by local career expert, J.T. O'Donnell, a generous, energetic, and intelligent colleague. You can also check out her subscription-based online job search program and community through this same website. It’s a great value.
  • I love Virginia Franco's kind voice and how she covers the essential principles of resume writing in this podcast
  • Knock ‘em Dead, Martin Yate. Comprehensive, upbeat advice on structuring your resume and cover letter strategically, conducting a telephone interview, preparing for an interview and negotiating a job offer. Very sound; very practical. This book gets updated every year so the advice is cutting edge. You may also want to visit the author's website, which is also terrific, www.knockemdead.com
  • www.jobhero.com - Before you write your resume, check out this terrific catalog of resumes and resume bullet points for over 1000 jobs. No need to invent the mousetrap, as they say! This website is a prolific idea generator and source of industry specific resume language.
  • This free course on Udemy includes very clear tutorials on how to build a market based resume. The whole program is fantastic and provides solid instruction on how to lure recruiters, apply online, and write your resume to  get a promotion, move laterally, take a step back in your career, etc.    
  • Believe it or not, you can actually watch some pretty valuable (and free!) resume and jobs search tutorials on Udacity!
  • www.jobhunt.com - an encyclopedia of great advice for a shorter and smarter job search. 
  • Listen to top-notch podcasts during your commute for some solid job search advice on CareerCloud Radio.  Start with the ones that are most highly rated.
  • You may be aware that upwards of 70% of successful job seekers find their job through someone they know. Yet most people dread networking. In fact, it's less complicated and aggressive than you think. Here's a fabulous podcast to inspire you (the valuable content begins at 5:30.) 

Salary Negotiation

  • www.salary.com - This site is dedicated to helping you evaluate your total compensation in light of analogous jobs in your field and geography. Keep in mind that it tends to run about 10% high so take the information with a grain of salt.
  • www.payscale.com - I love this site! It provides salary information on hundreds of professions in addition to up to date information on career trajectories. A great resource if you're trying to figure out the next step in your career.
  • Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You, Jim Hopkinson. The book provides the tools and words you need to craft the most advantageous response to the job offer. The case studies are particularly helpful.

Networking

  • Most people know the old axiom "It's not what you know, it's who you know," and that they increase their chances of getting an interview dramatically by being referred. The only way to get referred is to network. Here's how to find and reach out to people who can help you through Linkedin (content is at 34:09)
  • Networking is often as simple as having a different (and very normal) conversatin with people you already know. After listening to this TED talk you'll how to do it and that you can do it. 

Millennials

  • "Getting From College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World" is the best career advice book out there for folks entering the job market. It’s chock full of great stories, inspiration, and ideas for manageable things to do to help you choose a career and get your first job.
  • Including this video may not make me popular, but if you want to know the secret to career success, watch this.
  • Discouraged and overwhelmed because you can't find your passion?  That's a lot of pressure. This TED talk suggests a different approach to finding career direction, such as asking yourself what problems you care about or how you can be useful.  

Self Employment

Retirement

  • What Color is Your Parachute For Retirement, Richard Bolles and John Nelson. I love this book because it's full of stories and valuable exercises to help you think through the most important questions concerning your retirement – many of which may be surprising. Much less ambitious than the original Parachute book so, in many ways, it's more practical.
  • How to Love your Retirement, Barbara Waxman. Advice from hundreds of active retirees of all ages and stages inspires new thinking about what you want in the second half of life.
  • MAXIFI - an online personal finance resource that which compares your assets against your fixed expenses to calculate how much you can safely spend annually for the rest of your life. The program, which costs $99 for the first year and $79 for renewals, takes about 45 minutes to complete.
  • www.aarp.com - great resources and videos regarding obtaining part-time work in retirement.