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Making a major career change can be
daunting. However, many of those who have been brave enough to take the plunge
would likely encourage others to follow in their footsteps, as it could be the
difference between a career that stagnates and one that flourishes.
everyone can be fortunate enough to find an individual like this to advise them
throughout their career, but luckily, we
have access to resources such as online stores, local bookstores, or the
public library. Below is a list of the top five books to guide you in your
career change, as chosen by those who have been there, done that, and found
1. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through
the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger
This book not only claims to have helped
hundreds of thousands of people discover a fulfilling career, but it also gets
rave reviews from those who have used it to find satisfying work. Do What You Are helps identify your
personality type based on how you make
decisions, process information, and interact with others to identify careers
that are a good fit. It also offers tips on finding a career mentor, workbook
exercises, and real-life examples to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of
each of the 16 personality types illustrated in the book. It explains how to
best tailor your job search to your strengths, making a positive change in a
2. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in
Your Work and in Your Life by
Spencer Johnson, MD
The author recognizes that change often makes
people uncomfortable and wrote this book to provide the tools and language to
address change with less anxiety. Who
Moved My Cheese presents these tools in such a way that also compels
readers to accept change in how they receive information. For those considering
a major career change, this book helps remove the fear from the future and
impending change to help you move forward and embrace change to further your
3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in
Personal Change by Stephen R.
This book has been inspiring people for
almost three decades—and for good reason. The author was named one of TIME
Magazine’s 25 most influential people, and the book has sold more than 20
million copies. It focuses on the idea of a paradigm shift, regarding how you
perceive and act toward a number of traits, including time management,
productivity, and positive thinking. The book focuses on both personal and
professional development, highlighting how each overlaps with the other, and
helping you find your desired path to become well-rounded in both your career
and personal life.
4. What Color is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for
Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
The newly updated publication includes
up-to-date information on the job market and real-life strategies for landing
your ideal job. Based on its “Flower Exercise,” that takes a self-inventory of
the reader, What Color is Your Parachute,
provides individualized guidance on resumes and cover letters, networking and
interviewing, and salary negotiation. It tackles specific circumstances
affecting almost any job-seeker to help find success, from career mentoring to
career change. The 2015 edition even includes information for veterans returning to civilian careers and how to navigate the unique challenges they face.
5.What Should I Do with My Life?: The True Story of People Who
Answered the Ultimate Questionby Po Bronson
If you are considering a major career
change or other life-altering leap, this book may be just the inspiration you need.
The author recounts the true stories of 50 real people who have made such a
leap and subsequent discovery, and includes great examples of career mentoring.
It examines the importance (or lack thereof) of money and intellectual
challenge, and considers the idea of one’s destiny. If you are looking for
advice from professionals who have made the ultimate career change, this book
is full of them.
All of these career resources are readily
available on Amazon.com, at any major bookstore, or your local library. With
access to these books, the decision to change careers can be a little less
daunting. So, take your pick, and get ready to be inspired to launch your new
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