So Many Career Books, So Few Career Solutions

It’s almost Thanksgiving break! It would feel un-American if I didn’t fully endorse Thanksgiving. You have to love it because it’s a time for reflection on all the good in our life, as well as food, football and family. That being said, since college, I am still waiting for that miraculous Thanksgiving holiday that is truly a break and not a time of uncomfortable and rushed travel and a list of work that needs to get done before I return to New York on Sunday!

Because I can’t seem to break the habit, I am planning on spending time this holiday weekend working on some writing projects. Listed in my 2010 goals are (1) creating a free eCourse on the importance of self-efficacy in the workplace, and (2) finishing at least two short eBooks on specific parts of the job search process. One eBook will be free and the other for sale on my website in early 2011- sign up for my newsletter to get notified when these materials are ready. (Participants in The Opportunities Project’s Career Coaching Program will get copies of all our eBooks for free.)

Barnes & Noble Career Section

I visited the “Careers” section at my local Barnes and Noble to get inspiration. One would think that with all of these colorful books with catchy titles, everyone would be an expert at the job search and career development, no? Have you used books to help with your career goals? What type of books helped the most? What do you think is missing from this book category?

Please reply in the comments… and have a wonderful Thanksgiving, rushed travel and all!

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  • Most of what I read in terms of career advice is online — blogs, eBooks, and the like. I find it much easier to digest in small, highly-defined doses.

    I’ve only read one “career book” that I can remember (so either the rest were not memorable, or I haven’t read any others!).

    It was A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink. It was a lot of philosophy and social sciences wrapped up in a career self-help guide. I thoroughly enjoyed it, because I’m a right-brainer and it really motivated me.

    I also want to check out his new book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

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    Jessica-

    Thanks for your feedback. I love Drive. I am using it to advise an organizational client on a performance management contract. They are having a really hard time getting out of this carrot/stick dichotomy that he describes as Type X (extrinsic) motivation. It’s interesting, because in their selection, they clearly value people who are Type I (intrinsic) motivation and think they will be most successful. But when money (bonuses) is involved, it becomes hard to break traditional thinking.

    I have a few other Daniel Pink books on my book list. I will check to make sure A Whole New Mind is there.

    Tracy

    • Tracy,

      Have you seen the RSA Animate rendition of Daniel Pink’s talk about motivation? It’s fantastic!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

      I’m interested in knowing what kinds of motivators you suggest for their Type I employees. It’s probably a common problem because companies would naturally want to hire self-motivated people, but also want a means of controlling performance through things like bonuses. It’s an old way of thinking, but it’s often the automatic choice.

      Hope you got a lot done for your writing projects!

      Jessica