10 of My Favourite Career Books

This month marks 10 years since I took the leap into entrepreneurship and started seeing career counselling clients as a private practice business! To celebrate, I am sharing some “top 10 lists” and other 10-themed resources for anyone giving more attention to their career needs or seeking more career satisfaction. Check out all the posts here.

Here are 10 of my favourite career-related books:

I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, by Barbara Sher – A great book for anyone feeling lost or unfocused career-wise, it offers ideas, reflection exercises and helpful perspective on common blocks to career action and satisfaction.

Creating a Life Worth Living: A practical course in career design for artists, innovators, and others aspiring to a creative life, by Carol Lloyd – This is a reassuring career book for creative souls (whether traditionally “artistic” or not) with a workbook structure and lots of exercises. This was a very helpful book for me when I transitioned from legal work to career counselling and made a commitment to living a creative life.

Networking for People Who Hate Networking, by Dvora Zack – Networking doesn’t have to be a bad word! This book just might change your perspective, especially if you identify as an introvert (or feel introverted in networking situations).

Transitions: Making sense of life’s changes, by William Bridges – I love that a guy named “Bridges” wrote a popular book about transitions! How do we bridge that middle zone between endings and new beginnings? This is a hopeful book that validates the challenges we all feel when dealing with big life changes.

Building Your Ideal Private Practice: A guide for therapists and other healing professionals, by Lynn Grodzki – This one is a bit niche, but it’s a great book for people moving into entrepreneurship as any sort of helping professional. I used it as a workbook in the months before I launched my career counselling practice and welcomed my first clients. If “helping professional” isn’t your niche, what other specialized guides to starting a business might you find?

Do What You Are, by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron – Yearning for a list of possible career options that appeal to you? This book starts with some personality assessment chapters and then offers career tips and occupational suggestions based on your assessment results. The analysis can also help you better understand why you felt some jobs were just a bad fit.

Refuse to Choose: Use all of your interests, passions and hobbies to create the life and career of your dreams, by Barbara Sher – If the idea of career specialization brings you down and other people are wondering why you just can’t stick with a job, you might be a “Scanner,” someone who is wired to be interested in all kinds of different things. This book will make you feel better about who you are and what you can do!

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, by Susan Jeffers – This book was a best seller because this message is what lots of people need to hear. Building confidence to do something new means acknowledging and managing your fears, not eliminating them. Don’t hold yourself back!

The Career Coward’s Guide to Interviewing, by Katy Piotrowski – Here’s a practical book for job seekers with bite size chapters and practical strategies for doing your best in the interview process. Much better than browsing too many websites with conflicting information!

How to Survive Without a Salary, by Charles Long – This book won’t appeal to everyone and most readers won’t throw themselves fully into the author’s espoused “conserver lifestyle” but this was an important book for me in opening up a sense of options beyond the usual work expectations. Why do we work the way we do? How might “work” allow for more “life”? There are lots of points of choice in our lives, even if many are challenging trade-offs.

Check out all my other 10-year celebration posts here.

If you like books, I offer more detailed recommendations and introduce a new book every Thursday in my Career Book Talk video series. The most recent videos are on my Facebook page.

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