Seasons of Your Career
BY KATHY SANBORN WITH WAYNE RICCI
This is an easy read. It explains how careers are like the changes of the seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Fall. Has self-assessments, career goal setting, and 15 rules to keep you motivated during tough “seasonal” career transitions.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles 
BY STEVEN PRESSFIELD

Recommended to me by a job seeker and has helped me in many aspects of my life and in developing presentations at workNet. Although it seems to be about “art”, the principles can be applied to any situation including career transition or job search. A shot between the eyes to overcome resistance, fear, rationalization, and procrastination. Very easy to read, 1-3 page hard hitting chapters.

 

Failing Forward
JOHN C. MAXWELL
To quote John Maxwell, “The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.” Powerful book and easy to read. Identifies failure and success, how to remove “you” from failure, and 15 steps to becoming an achiever. Especially applicable to job seekers who face daily rejection. Advice on how to get out of ruts and to be able to objectively evaluate a failure.

 

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search 
BY ORVILLE PIERSON
Pierson developed outplacement company Lee Hecht Harrison’s job search training manual. Using his neighbor’s job search, Pierson discusses how to set-up a search campaign, the process of job development, importance of becoming known to employers by networking, contacting decision makers, interviews and follow-up. Additionally, he discusses how accountability groups keep the job seeker on task and lead to finding positions quicker.