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What Color Is Your Parachute?

What Color Is Your Parachute?

The Parachute series has been a staple of business strategy and career change for many, many years. We were very proud to call Richard Bolles of friend of Job Talk. Published in 22 languages and 26 countries, and with over 10 million copies sold, What Color is Your Parachute? has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests and land a job–even in hard times.

Knock’Em Dead

Knock’Em Dead

This is one of the most thorough job search resources available, top to bottom. This is an updated version of the 2011 edition in which Martin reached out to a select group of career search experts, myself included, and featured our best job search strategies collaboratively. I feel that was an especially smart approach, and gave his Ultimate Job Search Guide series of Knock’em Dead books an edge over all the others.

Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door

Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door

Harvey Mackay is known mostly for his strategic books on how to be successful in business. However, in this book he takes his strategic approach to success and applies it to the job search. He is one of the ultimate success stories, and has done some incredible things on a huge scale. To give you an idea of the level this guy is on, check out the list of his friends who endorse the book: Larry King, Shaquille O’Neal, and Lou Holtz. He shows you how to present your product (you) well enough to land that big account (a job).

The 2-Hour Job Search

The 2-Hour Job Search

2-Hour Job Search, Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster by Steve Dalton A job-search manual that gives career seekers a systematic, tech-savvy formula to efficiently and effectively target potential employers and secure the essential first interview. A job-search manual that…

Drive

Drive

Drive, The Surprising Truth About Motivating Ourselves by Daniel H. Pink Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach, but that’s a mistake. The secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at…

When

When

When, The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of “when” decisions: when to start a business, schedule…

212, The Extra Degree

212, The Extra Degree

212°, The Extra Degree by Sam Parker At 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. It’s that one extra degree that makes all the difference. Use this powerful metaphor…

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings…

The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

Scrum

Scrum

If you’ve ever been startled by how fast the world is changing, Scrum is one of the reasons why. Productivity gains of as much as 1200% have been recorded, and there’s no more lucid – or compelling – explainer of Scrum and its bright promise than Jeff Sutherland, the man who put together the first Scrum team more than twenty years ago.

Soup

Soup

Soup A Recipe to Create a Culture of Greatness by Jon Gordon It matters who is stirring the pot! Soup offers an inspirational business fable that explains the “recipe” you can use to create a winning culture and boost employee…

Winning the Job Race

Winning the Job Race

Jack and Scott are executives with over 60 years of combined experience who, in early 2000, were out of work, did not know each other and were forced to reinvent themselves to survive in the 21st Century workforce. Scott created Gray Hair Management as a networking tool for his job search, and eventually grew it to a network of over 4,500 senior managers and executives worldwide, all with a common interests and goal: finding a new opportunity in a very difficult job marketplace. In 2002, Jack joined Scott as a partner in Gray Hair Management.

Recommended Books

212°, The Extra Degree by Sam Parker At 211º water is hot. At 212º, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And steam can power a locomotive. It’s that one extra degree that makes all the difference. Use this powerful metaphor…

Success Is A Choice

Success Is A Choice

This book has nothing to do with Job Search, and EVERYTHING to do with Job Search! This is truly one of my all-time favorite books, so even though I don’t have an interview with Rick to share with you, I had to include it on my list. Rick is a very successful basketball coach, and I’m not even a basketball fan, but this book still resonates with me.