As we approach the festive season and everyone gets into a shopping frenzy, I thought I'd share 12 of my favourite career related books.
Books that you can potentially gift to family, colleagues and friends to help them in their career during 2014.
Hope it's a useful list.
And for those in the US, Happy Thanksgiving weekend
MANAGING CAREERS IN THE NEW WORLD OF WORK
The economy and work place has dramatically changed over the last 5 years. And it's changed forever. Seth's classic book on how to navigate your career and thrive in the modern work place
"I'm a Marketing Manager. And a photographer. And volunteer teacher at a special needs school".
Welcome to the world of "Portfolio Careers."In the future all our careers will be a blend of roles that allow us to earn income, tap into our creative abilities and do something meaningful.
Below are two great books to show how to start building out a portfolio career.
This is the very best book I've ever read on how to network in a way that feels comfortable and genuine. Whether you want to sharpen your networking skills for your career or to grow your business, Keith has a ton of practical tips and suggestions that you can start using immediately.
Gary is by the far the number one expert on how to use social media to market your business, yourself or your charitable projects. Chock full of case studies it is the most up-to-date textbook on how to best leverage social networks.
- by Miriam Salpeter
Are you confused and overwhelmed with all the social media tools our there? This book provides you with a one stop shop of all the tools and how you can use them specifically for your career success.
BEING AN INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT
Alan Weiss, the "rock star of consulting", has written more books on consulting than anyone in history. For independent consultants, 'Million Dollar Consulting' is the very best resource for building a thriving consulting practice and lifestyle.
HOW TO ESCAPE THE CORPORATE WORLD
There are so many books and resources these days on how to "escape" the corporate world and build a career and business around your desired lifestyle.
Here are 3 of my favourites.
CHANGING CAREERS & JOB SEARCHING
A comprehensive guidebook to work out what you want from your career and then building a plan to find the right opportunity. John has a number a useful tools and exercises in the book so it's a perfect book for someone that's a little "stuck" and unsure what they want to do next
CAREER ADVICE FOR TEENAGERS
- Dan Pink
If you have child, nephew or niece in their teens or early 20's - buy them this book.
Written in a Japanese cartoon style known as "Manga", this unique book shares 6 essential lessons for thriving in the new world of work. Packed with counter-intuitive and potentially life-changing advice, it's positioned as "the first and last career guide you'll ever need." What's more, it's very short and can be read within an hour; perfect for today's young people and their low attention spans!