Welcome back to Third Wave Career Coaching and the summer edition of Career Splash. Remember those summer reading lists your teacher handed to you the last day of school? Summer is a time of transition for kids and adults. Kids will be entering a new classroom in the fall and parents may be contemplating their next career move. If you are looking for a little inspiration to jump-start your career this fall, I have a summer reading list just for you. I have referenced material from each of these books in my career coaching practice. I guarantee you will find these publications invaluable as you embark on your next journey of career discovery. Happy reading!
Third Wave Career Coaching – Recommended Summer Reading List:
Modernize Your Resume, Get Noticed … Get Hired, by Wendy Enelow & Louise Kursmar. Emerald Career Publishing. If your resume is pathetically out of date, this book is for you. Enelow and Kursmark are two of the most renowned resume writers in the industry. They offer eye – catching format and design ideas that will make your resume stand out. In addition, you will find dozens of resume samples, a goal setting worksheet and over 400 resume writing verbs. If you plan to update your resume this summer, this is the only book you will need.
Brag! The Art Of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It, by Peggy Klaus. Business Plus. Do you have difficulty marketing yourself in an interview? Think it’s in poor taste to talk about your accomplishments with those who have the power to hire you? I recommend this book to all of my clients who struggle with self – confidence and marketing themselves in networking situations and job interviews. Klaus is a world re-renowned business coach who has helped thousands of professionals toot their horns in a way that is sincere, feels comfortable, and is appealing to those on the receiving end. And she shares some wonderful case examples you will surely be able to identify with. This is a must read for anyone who deserves recognition but is too humble to ask for it.
I’m on LinkedIn – Now What (Fourth Edition): A Guide to Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn, By Jason Alba. Happy About.info. Whether you are in a job search or not, having a LinkedIn profile is a must for every business professional. Don’t wait until you are unemployed to build your profile. Alba’s book, which is now in it’s fourth edition, is considered “the bible on LinkedIn”. It is a quick and useful guide for those who are new to LinkedIn. Alba explains how to create a member profile, research companies and incorporate LinkedIn into your overall networking strategy. He also addresses the nuances of LinkedIn etiquette, which all newbies need to know. The handy chapter summaries and numerous web links to additional resources outside the book will give you all the tools you need to be up and running on LinkedIn in no time.
Networking for People Who Hate Networking, by Devora Zack. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Would you rather get a root canal than schmooze with a bunch of strangers? In ‘Networking for People Who Hate Networking’, author Devora Zack explores the inner workings of the introverted vs. extroverted personality type in networking situations. She helps dispel some of the myths and stigmas attached to the introverted personality type. This is an easy book to read with a good bit of humor. Zack demonstrates how to use our ‘personality type’ to make networking effective and, yes, even enjoyable. If a job search is in your future you will benefit from learning some of the non – traditional approaches to networking Zack has to offer.
Job Search Magic, by Susan Britton Whitcomb. JIST Works. Job search is a process and requires a steadfast plan. Susan’s book prepares the reader to conduct a successful job search with a step – by – step approach. This book is not for the faint of heart as it has a ton of information. Yet, the easy – to – read chapter summaries and invaluable magic tips sprinkled throughout will help you master the mechanics and mindset of job search at it’s best. This book is perfect for those who operate best by having plan. A good read while soaking up rays on the beach this summer!
Presence, by Amy Cuddy. Little Brown & Co. Cuddy is best known for her famous 2012 TED Talk. In the book, she explains there is one life skill that can help all of us improve our performance whether it be a job interview, speaking engagement, audition, challenging conversation or meeting. This skill is ‘presence’. Presence is “the state of feeling connected with our own thoughts, values, abilities, and emotions, so that we can better connect with the thoughts, values, abilities, and emotions of others.” This book is packed with life-changing material particularly for those introverts who struggle with social anxiety. Need to get a handle on job interviews or any life situation that can take you out of your comfort zone? ‘Presence’ will help you confidently deal with these situations.
Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty, by Harvey Mackay. Doubleday. Most job seekers discover their network has run dry when they most need it … when looking for their next job. Mackay convinces us to never let this happen and shows us how by focusing on helping others as we network. By focusing less on ourselves and attending to the needs of others, we will have all the contacts we will ever need. Most of this is common sense. Yet Mackay injects many personal examples which along with his storytelling – style makes this a fun and very useful summer read for any of you contemplating a career move in the future. Don’t let the publication date fool you. Though this book has been around forever, the message it delivers has never become outdated.
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