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Career Management

What You Need to Know: 

A variety of books, organized into categories, are available for checkout from the Career Development Resource Room. When you have chosen a book you would like to borrow, just stop by the Career Development Resource Room in 124 Scovell Hall, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, to check out any of the following books.

30-Day Job Promotion

Whitcomb, Susan, © 2008, 978-1-59357-447-5

From  30-Day Job Promotion gives experienced professionals and first-time workers insider strategies for standing out and demonstrating their value to employers. These quick tips put readers on the fast track to a promotion - and more money - in just a matter of weeks!

A Whole New Mind:  Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

Pink, Daniel H., ©2006, 978-159448-171-0

From American Library Association:  "Abundance, Asia, and automation." Try saying that phrase five times quickly, because if you don't take these words into serious consideration, there is a good chance that sooner or later your career will suffer because of one of those forces. Pink, best-selling author of Free Agent Nation (2001) and also former chief speechwriter for former vice-president Al Gore, has crafted a profound read packed with an abundance of references to books, seminars, Web sites, and such to guide your adjustment to expanding your right brain if you plan to survive and prosper in the Western world. According to Pink, the keys to success are in developing and cultivating six senses: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Pink compares this upcoming "Conceptual Age" to past periods of intense change, such as the Industrial Revolution and the Renaissance, as a way of emphasizing its importance. Ed Dwyer Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Brazen Careerist

Trunk, Penelope, ©2007, 978-0-446-57864-6

From  Are you taking long lunches? Ignoring sexual harassment? Do you keep your desk neat to the point of looking like you don't have enough to do? The answer to all three should be yes, if you want to succeed in your career on your own terms. Penelope Trunk, expert business advice columnist for the Boston Globe, gives anything but standard advice to help members of the X and Y generations succeed on their own terms in any industry. Trunk asserts that a take-charge attitude and thinking outside the box are the only ways to make it in today's job market. With 45 tips that will get you thinking bigger, acting bolder, and blazing trails you never thought possible, BRAZEN CAREERIST will forever change your career outlook.

Capitalizing on Career Chaos: Bringing Creativity and Purpose to Your Work and Life

Harkness, Helen, ©2005, 0-89106-209-2

From  Delivers tools and strategies to become authentic, trail-blazing pioneers who will thrive in this age of unprecedented uncertainty.

Career Comeback

by Richardson, Bradley G., ©2004, 0-7679-1557-7

From Publishers Weekly:  Richardson, currently manager of the recruitment Web site of the Wall Street Journal and author of other career guides (Jobsmarts for Twentysomethings), was looking for work himself in 2000 after his company failed. The practical advice given here is based on his expertise in career guidance as well as on his personal experience finding employment. In addition to providing detailed suggestions for sharpening skills-such as resume‚ writing, interviewing, working with recruiters and networking-he addresses the psychological and emotional problems that often accompany the loss of a job. The author recommends keeping communication with family members open and discussing the positive steps that will be taken to remedy the situation. As soon as you lose your job or suspect it may happen in the near future, Richardson stresses the importance of establishing whatever financial safety net is available, for example, a severance package (that can be negotiated), savings, unemployment insurance or possibilities for temporary income. Although getting support from others who have lost their own jobs can be useful, it is heartening, as well, to spend time with friends who enjoy your company outside of work. Upbeat and clearly written, Richardson's comeback program will be welcomed by many during this continuing period of economic downturn.  Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Career Distinction

Arruda, William & Dixson, Kirsten. © 2007, 978-0-470-12818-3

From  As a professional, your reputation is your most valuable career asset. Whether you're climbing the ladder at your current company or seeking a new job, in todays fast-paced work environment, you must proactively and continuously position yourself for success. Your credibility, visibility, personality, and personal style all make up your brand. Build and nurture your personal brand and you'll make yourself a must-have, can't-fail professional—and you'll do it without having to be someone you're not.  Career Distinction outlines the proven personal branding process and provides case studies of successful professionals that will help you not only survive, but thrive, in today's dynamic and ultracompetitive workplace. You'll learn to manage your brand with innovative tools that enable you to differentiate yourself and stand out from your peers.

Career Intelligence: The 12 New Rules for Work and Life Success

Moses, Barbara, ©1998, 1-57675-0458-5

From  A career management expert maps the changing employment landscape, explores the traditional work rules, and prescribes 12 new rules for success.

Dare to Change Your Job and Your Life

Kanchier, Carole, ©2000, 1-56370-556-7

From  Newly updated, this practical, thought-provoking book challenges readers to confront their lives in basic, honest ways, and then provides a hands-on guide to change, growth, and redirection.

Fierce Conversations

Scott, Susan, ©2002, 0-670-03124-0

From Publishers Weekly:  An offshoot of Scott's international consulting firm, Fierce Conversations Inc., this book lasts as long as a Monday morning shuttle. Yet its thesis, that relationships both professional and personal hinge on how conversations go, and that the best conversations require determinedly gentle honesty and a willingness to listen, lingers long enough to make an impact. "It takes a certain fearlessness to make your private thoughts public. But if what you're thinking makes you squirm and wish to wriggle away, you are probably onto something," she says. On the book's Web site, a streaming-video talk feels fake and rehearsed. But Scott's written words contain substance and, as an author, she's levelheaded and funny. She quotes a wide variety of writers, from Ernest Hemingway to Maya Angelou to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and clearly explains her key concepts, including "obey your instincts" and "let silence do the heavy lifting." Careerist marketing ploy it may be, but this cleanly written, if cliché-laden, book boasts enough psychological sensitivity to merit success. Those whose conversations with co-workers or family members aren't producing the results they want will find plenty of helpful tools and assignments in this succinct guide.  Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Find Your Strongest Life

Buckingham, Marcus, ©2009, 978-1-4002-0236-2

From  In Find Your Strongest Life, Marcus Buckingham reveals the powerful key to help women draw enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control. Even more, he helps women reconnect with their purpose and gives a starting point for change. A research-based message that applies to work and life, Find Your Strongest Life shows women how they really can have it all ... the right kind of all.

Finding Your Own North Star

Beck, Martha, ©2001, 0-8129-3218-8,

From  Put the telescope away; the North Star mentioned here is a human body, not a heavenly one. And like Polaris, which has guided sailors for centuries, the human body's gut feelings and emotions can help guide a wayward soul back to his or her "essential self." In this absorbing combination of detailed self-awareness exercises and true stories from her own counseling experience (equal parts sobering and hysterically entertaining), Harvard-trained sociologist Martha Beck invites readers to explore their heart's desires and the vast social webs that keep such desires in check. The goal is not to forsake the "social self" and indulge every emotional impulse of the "essential self." Rather, Beck gives readers the tools and the encouragement to achieve maximum happiness by harmonizing these typically divergent voices.

Hit the Ground Running

Cornish, Liz, © 2006, 978-0-07-147246-3

From  A get-results guide for women executives who know that to get the corner office they need to take charge from day one.  “Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes. ‘They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'” -Clare Boothe Luce Hit the Ground Running shows you how to make a great first impression and achieve tangible success on those first crucial days at a new job. Whether you're leading a department, running a small business, or tackling a new promotion, you'll find a proven blueprint for organizing priorities, crafting strategic agendas, forging partnerships, and setting expectations for both your staff and the higher-ups.

How Full is Your Bucket

Rath, Tom & Clifton, Donald, ©2004, 1-59562-003-6
From Publishers Weekly:  In this brief but significant book, the authors, a grandfather-grandson team, explore how using positive psychology in everyday interactions can dramatically change our lives. Clifton (coauthor of Now, Discover Your Strengths) and Rath suggest that we all have a bucket within us that needs to be filled with positive experiences, such as recognition or praise. When we're negative toward others, we use a dipper to remove from their buckets and diminish their positive outlook. When we treat others in a positive manner, we fill not only their buckets but ours as well. The authors illustrate how this principle works in the areas of business and management, marriage and other personal relationships and in parenting through studies covering a 40-year span, many in association with the Gallup Poll. While acknowledging that most lives have their share of misfortune, the authors also make clear that how misfortune affects individuals depends largely on their level of positive energy and confidence. The authors also underscore that our human interactions provide most of the joys or disappointments we receive from life. The book comes with a unique access code to, which offers a positive impact assessment and drop-shaped note cards that can be used to give praise and recognition to others.  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This

Jansen, Julie, ©2003, 0-14-200248-8. From  A disturbingly large number of people today are unhappy with their work. In this helpful book, career coach Julie Jansen addresses this work-dissatisfaction epidemic. Using career assessment quizzes and personality exercises, Jansen helps readers understand their present work or career situation, discover the type of work for which they're best suited, and learn how to create the changes they need. Filled with real-life examples and including a useful resource section, this guide provides the inspiration and know-how to implement positive career change.

I'm Stuck, You're Stuck:  Breakthrough to Better Work Relationships and Results by Discovering Your DISC Behavioral Style

Ritchey, Tom, ©2002, 1576751333

From  Humans are creatures of habit. We continue to do things the same way because we are comfortable in our habits and don’t consider that there are other possibilities. I’m Stuck, You’re Stuck offers a self-discovery tool that has helped more than 30 million people understand why they do the things they do, and how to do them differently. This tool is DiSC and it takes less than five minutes to complete, but offers lessons in human relations you can use for a lifetime.


Patterson, Kerry et al, © 2008, 978-0-07-148499-2
Influencer takes you on a fascinating journey from San Francisco to Thailand where you'll see how seemingly “insignificant” people are making incredibly significant improvements in solving problems others would think impossible. You'll learn how savvy folks make change not only achievable and sustainable, but inevitable. You'll discover why some managers have increased productivity repeatedly and significantly-while others have failed miserably.  No matter who you are, or what you do, you'll never learn a more valuable or important set of principles and skills. Once you tap into the power of influence, you can reach out and help others work smarter, grow faster, live, look, and feel better, even save lives. The sky is the limit…for an Influencer.  Are you an Influencer?

Managing Up

Badowski, Rosanne, © 2003, 978-0-385-50773-8

From  Managing Up is an invaluable guide for managing your career and juggling responsibilities with finesse and confidence. It should become a management bible for anyone hoping to get ahead in their profession.

Managing UP: 59 Ways to Build a Career-Advancing Relationship with your Boss

by Dobson, Michael & Deborah Singer, ©2000, 978-0-8144-7042-8

From  Behind every successful manager is a successful employee. The key to moving up? MANAGING UP For readers seeking a surefire career-booster or simply looking to improve their relationship with their boss, this is a welcome guide written specifically to provide them with the skills needed to build a productive, mutually beneficial relationship with their boss.  With the inspiring collection of ideas, strategies, and tactics found in MANAGING UP, readers will learn to: * Enhance their relationship with their supervisor in a constructive and effective manner * Accurately read their boss's likes and dislikes * Provide the kind of support that helps their boss succeed * Make sure they're in tune with their boss's goals * Build mentoring and networking relationships throughout the organization * Handle criticism, deal with problem bosses, and more.

Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101

by Frankel, Lois P., ©2004, 0-446-53132-4

From  For every professional woman who wants to get ahead-but feels she is at an impasse-NICE GIRLSDON'T GETTHECORNER OFFICE comes to the rescue. When overlooked for that special assignment or promotion, many women point the finger outwardly, looking for someone else to blame. Now, Lois P. Frankel presents a different view in her empowering career primer that helps women identify ingrained habits they learned as girls that may be holding them back, such as couching statements in a question, smiling inappropriately, tilting the head while speaking, and others. Only by overcoming these self-defeating behaviors will the 'nice girl' learn to leverage her power in the workplace-and claim the corner office she so richly deserves.

Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life

Leider, Richard & Shapiro, David, ©1996, 1-881052-87-7. From Publishers Weekly:  Career development counselor Leider (Life Skills) and freelance writer Shapiro here contend that many "mid-life inventurers" (those undergoing a mid-life crisis) lose their sense of what they want from their personal and professional lives. This simplistic guide is intended to help readers redefine their own version of the "good life" and offers a formula to achieve it. The authors advise readers to discard excess "baggage" such as possessions, responsibilities and relationships in order to reintegrate "work, love, place, and purpose." Citing thinkers from Alfred Adler to Dante and Norman Cousins, they couch their suggestions in metaphorical, slogan-like terms and use sometimes arbitrary-sounding "Postcard exercises" to be exchanged with a "Dialogue Partner." Having "fully unpacked your relationship bags" and chosen only things "you can't live without," you are presumably ready to select a new purpose, way of life and environment. 30,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour.  Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, ©2012, 978-0-307-88890-7.

How do you survive and thrive in this fiercely competitive economy? You need a whole new entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. Drawing on the best of Silicon Valley, The Start-Up of You helps you accelerate your career and take control of your future–no matter your profession.

Steering By Starlight

Beck, Martha, ©2008, 978-1594866135

From  In the tradition of her bestseller, Finding Your Own North Star, Oprah Magazine columnist Martha Beck reconnects readers with their best destinies.Described as one of the best-known life coaches in America in media such as Psychology Today, NPR, and USA Today, Martha Beck has demonstrated a rare gift for helping people whose lives have gone off course find their way back to authentic, rewarding lives. Now, in Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life, No Matter What!, Martha Beck describes the step-by-step process she uses with her private clients to help them navigate the terrain of their best lives.Bringing together cutting-edge research in psychiatry, neurology, and related fields in an accessible, substantive, original way, Dr. Beck offers powerful new methods for solving the problems that beset ordinary people. Using her trademark wisdom, empathy, and engaging style, she connects readers with fresh, never-before published strategies that have proven most effective and efficient for the hundreds of people she has coached. For readers who have found their North Stars, this book will be an invaluable tool to stay the course and overcome obstacles. For those who still feel adrift, it will provide a way to find true North and follow the path of best destiny.Dr. Beck identifies three stages along the path to recapturing a satisfying life:-“the stargazer” helps readers understand why it’s so easy to lose themselves and offers strategies for sighting their North Star-“the mapmaker” uses this newly clarified perspective to evaluate one’s situation and plot a course for upcoming years-“the pathfinder” discusses the adventures that may be encountered as one travels along this new life courseWhether it’s seeking better relationships, more focused career direction, the achievement of specific fitness goals, or a more harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s colorful anecdotes, case studies, and exercises will point the way.

The Girl's Guide to Being a Boss

Friedman, Caitlin & Yorio, Kimberly, ©2006, 0-7679-2284-0

From  Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio offer advice for "both the leader and the led" in this entertaining and useful guidebook for today's working woman. Through quizzes, personal anecdotes, and interviews, Friedman and Yorio help readers to identify their leadership style and share support and encouragement from experts to help women become better (and more comfortable) leaders.

The Pursuit of WOW!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times

Peters, Tom, ©1994, 0-679-75555-1.

From  A dozen years ago, Peters and coauthor Robert Waterman woke up corporate America with In Search of Excellence. Once more the "unconventional" Peters stimulate corporate thought processes. Along with the best of his columns, Peters includes questions and rebuttals that come from readers and listeners, as well as his own candid responses. A "must" read for every business person.

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job

Lencioni, Patrick, ©2007, 978-0-7879-9531-7

From  In his sixth fable, bestselling author Patrick Lencioni takes on a topic that almost everyone can relate to: the causes of a miserable job. Millions of workers, even those who have carefully chosen careers based on true passions and interests, dread going to work, suffering each day as they trudge to jobs that make them cynical, weary, and frustrated. It is a simple fact of business life that any job, from investment banker to dishwasher, can become miserable. Through the story of a CEO turned pizzeria manager, Lencioni reveals the three elements that make work miserable — irrelevance, immeasurability, and anonymity — and gives managers and their employees the keys to make any job more fulfilling.

The Truth About Managing Your Career

Otazo, Karen, ©2006, 0-13-187336-9

From  This book reveals 60 proven principles and easy career management techniques. Discover powerfully effective ways to start a new job and make a great first impression; work more smoothly with bosses and colleagues; build a high-performance personal network; manage workloads; decide who to trust (and distrust); handle enemies and overcome career setbacks; recognize when to move on; get noticed, get ahead, and get to the top! From Lois Frankel, author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: "A cutting-edge pioneer in the field of business coaching, Dr. Karen Otazo knows--and speaks--the truth about how to get and keep the job you want. Regardless of your age or stage of your career, you'll find practical tips and tools to make your workplace journey smoother, more enjoyable, and potentially more profitable. The Truth about Managing Your Career is a must-have for your career library."

Up is Not the Only Way

Kaye, Beverly, ©1997, 0-89106-163-0
This book opens new vistas for people who feel trapped in a career they see as unfulfilling or limited.

Working With You is Killing Me: Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work

Crowley, Katherine & Elster, Kathi, ©2006, 978-0-446-57674-1.

From Publishers Weekly:  For anyone trapped in an energy-zapping relationship with a co-worker, boss or subordinate, Crowley and Elster offer an exit strategy—a highly practical and easily implemented guide to making the situation workable. Looking at the workplace from every employee's perspective, Crowley, a Harvard-trained psychotherapist, and Elster, an entrepreneurial consultant, have created a book as valuable to readers on the top rungs of the corporate ladder as it is to those near the bottom. Readers in the throes of a work crisis can find a relevant case study to lead them to relief from any situation. Whether the problem's a charming and demanding boss, dealing with a saboteur or addressing one's own inclination to play the office martyr, the authors offer frameworks for breaking down the conflict and achieving détente. They even detail the inevitable verbal confrontation. Supervisors are provided suggestions for "parenting" employees who chronically underachieve or disappoint to help them live up to expectation, or at least their job descriptions. This empowering book delivers a sense of control over nasty workplace situations. It may also offer the answer to high job turnover. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.