Resources

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

Please excuse me for not putting myself in front of the camera or microphone to create my own content. There's so much excellent material online already and I'm happy to save you the time to cull through it. I update this list regularly. Trust me, this is the best set of information and exercises out there.

If you engage with these resources but still feel overwhelmed, don't be discouraged. Most people don't just need information. That's actually the easy part (although still challenging!) The hard part is understanding how to apply this information to your unique situation to create a strategy that gets the results you're looking for...and how to remain motivated through the self doubt, uncertainty, and fear that comes with job or career change. 

That's why I'm here. 

Self-Assessment/Career Choice

  • Designing Your Life by 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. There's also a companion workbook - and 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 and the age of this book but it's one of the best out there for do-it-yourselfers. You'll find some down-to-earth information - as well as companion interest and values exercises - that provide welcome structure to the career seeker. The key is to do all the exercises. Your hard work and self-discipline will be rewarded!
  • OwlGuru is a highly graphic catalog of career options sorted by interests, priorities, temperament, and degree. The comprehensive website includes "day in the life" descriptions, videos of people on the job, pros and cons, lists of related careers and a quiz for each career to help you decide if it's for you.
  • 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!
  • Our current cultural script implores us to find and build our careers on our "passion." But what if research indicates that only a small percentage of people can identify their passion and that people who end up loving their work didn't in fact build it on their passion? This Ted Talk by Cal Newport suggests an alternative and evidenced based approach to finding satifying work. 

Interviewing

  • Riveter is a fabulous and free interview prep application that provides videos of "regular" people giving ideal answers to common interview questions in your field. But don't just watch - take advantage of the video recording feature that allows you to practice, learn and improve. Practicing your answers is critical since research consistently shows that candidates who formulate and rehearse their answers out loud in advance of their interviews are much more likely to rock them.
  • This video interview with my colleague Kathy Robinson is the smartest content out there about interviewing. It's long (an hour) but filled with equal amounts of wisdom and practical tips about researching your target company, connecting with the interviewer, and listening well for the employer's challenges in order to map your success stories onto their pain points.
  • 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. 
  • This TED talk by Adam Grant is not specifically about interviewing but it's quite relevant because it implicitly (and rightly!) contradicts the advice to build credibility in an interview by hiding our limitations (our humanity, really). It's worth a listen because it's also great advice for building trust and creating influence in any relationship. 
  • Rambling (talking more than 60-90 seconds in response to an interview question) is a common issue that can limit job seekers' success. Here's how to prepare and shine

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 employee reviews of local, national and global employers - crowd sources the good, bad and ugly. Reviews often include salary and interviewing intel. 
  • 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.
  • Looking for another way to get the inside scoop on a profession you're considering? Check out these Vault Guides that provide rich and current information about popular career fields. 
  • Okay, I can't resist adding one more resource: career explorer on Linkedin. Insert your current role and get several career options that use your current skillset. You'll also learn about roles that are a little "further afield" and what skills you'd need to gain to get there.

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. In fact, setting up a circumscribed job search agent to send relevant postings your way is key to your efficiency. Here's how to do it.

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).
  • When we meet, we'll talk about the importance of posting regularly on Linkedin. Here's a cheat sheet to tell you how.

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.
  • 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
  • I don't know you yet but I know these things for sure about your job search.
  • Here's a fabulous conversation with Dawn Graham, author of one of the smartest career change books out there, Switchers, on how to create a job search strategy when you're looking to change either your functional role or industry. In these circumstances, the job boards won't work very well for you. Take her advice instead. 

Confidence

Imposter syndrome - over functioning to manage feeling fraudulent or inadequate - affects up to 70% of workers and job seekers. Here's a great podcast to support a growth mindset rather than fear and perfectionism.  

Resume 

  • 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!
  • Listen to podcasts during your commute for some solid job search advice on CareerCloud Radio. Start with the episodes that are highly rated.
  • Even though most people get their jobs through networking, you can't neglect online job postings you're at least 80% qualified for. If you don't know anyone at the company who can advocate for you, don't worry! Just take the time to tailor your resume to closely match the requirements spelled out in the job posting. This strategy works!
  • 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.

 

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

  • If you're a job seeker and only have time to use one resource on this page, listen to this TED Talk. Job seeking is a social activity because people hire people they know, like and trust or who are recommended by people they know, like and trust. Networking is often as simple as having a different (but very normal) conversation with people your already know. The data doesn't lie (see below). This is how you're likely to land your next job. And you can do it without feeling weird.
  • 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. In fact, you're 66% more likely to land an interview if you're referred and 40% more likely to land the job. 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)
  • You may not think about this much, but all jobs exist long before they're posted on the job boards (and many jobs are never advertised). This is called the "hidden job market." Here's how to network to find these opportunities - and the people who can refer you in. 
  • Check out this video about how to connect with people inside your target company when you don't know anyone (yet).

New Grads/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.
  • Here's the classic conundrum: how to get a job when you have little or no experience doing the job you want. This video gives you sound options to consider and suggestions for creating the value employers are looking for that are spot on.  
  • 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.