Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jobseeker summer reading list

Kate Lorenz has a list of eight summer reads for the career conscious (and why they're worth reading) on MSN Careers.

Three books of advice on the job search:
What Color is Your Parachute?, Richard Bolles
Landing on the Right Side of Your Ass, Michael Laskoff
Knock 'em Dead 2006, Martin Yates

Two for the "read any good books lately?" interview question:
Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management, Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

And three for personal improvement.
Never Check E-mail in the Morning, Julie Morgenstern
The Little Red Book of Selling, Jeffrey Gitomer
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth, T. Harv Eker

I would add Naked Conversations, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel (review) to the second group, because it's the standard on the emerging relationship between blogging and business, and most people don't get it yet. If you're in the throes of career change, you might like Is It Too Late to Run Away and Join the Circus?, by Marti Smye, especially if you are considering leaving a corporate environment for something of your own.

Off the career track for a moment, I recommend One Bullet Away, Nate Fick's memoir of his time as a junior Marine officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's one of those true stories that reads like an adventure novel. And for something a bit lighter, but still possibly career-related, I plan to take Charles Wheelan's Naked Economics off the waiting shelf this summer.

Or you could amuse yourself with a beach novel, if you really just need to decompress. I'm a big fan of using the Internet to advance your career, but I would never suggest that everything worth reading is online.


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