Making a career change can be a bit daunting. Whether you are looking to make a complete shift, take on new responsibility or just find a better fit at another company, the decision is always a big one. Most would be smart to do research or consult with others they trust in their field.
While not everyone is lucky enough to find a real-deal mentor to guide them through the many stages of their career, there are other resources to help. The following book recommendations can help as you transition. Whatever your motivation, this list provides guidance for most all types of career changes.
- Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger
This classic guides both new and midlife jobseekers alike. Using a Myers-Briggs type of personality assessment, Do What You Are examines how you make decisions, process information and interact with others to identify your ideal careers options. It also offers workbook exercises and real-life examples to underscore strengths and weaknesses of the 16 personality types demonstrated in the book, as well as how to tailor your career search to these strengths.
- The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
A less formal assessment than Do What You Are, The Pathfinder focuses more on the personal. Written for both recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike, the author directs readers in assessing their talents through more than 100 self-tests and analytic tools. These tools can be used whether readers are searching for an entirely new career, or to simply view their current position with a fresh, more positive outlook.
- 100 Conversations for Career Success: Learn to Network, Cold Call, and Tweet Your Way to Your Dream Job by Laura M. Labovich
This book breaks it down to basics, and helps readers manage their day-to-day job search and professional networking – both in person and online. Although most job seekers understand what they should be doing, this book focuses on the how, including asking for meetings, contacting potential employers, following up and connecting on social media. 100 Conversations also provides real-world examples of both right and wrong approaches in doing these things, while also providing readers with scripts and templates to use in their own outreach.
- Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Because change makes everyone uncomfortable to some degree, Who Moved My Cheese? provides the reader with tools and language to face change head-on and with less anxiety, presented in a way to drive readers to also accept change in how they receive information. For those considering a career change, Who Moved My Cheese? helps remove the fear to empower readers to move forward, embrace change and further their careers.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
With more than 20 million copies sold, this book has been inspiring people for 25 years, and for good reason. One of TIME Magazine’s 25 most influential people, the author focuses on the idea of a “paradigm shift,” in many of your behaviors, including time management, productivity and positive thinking. The book guides readers on professional as well as personal development, while demonstrating how one affects the other. The focus lies mainly on becoming a well-rounded individual in your career and personal life.
- Me 2.0, Revised and Updated: 4 Steps to Building Your Future by Dan Schawbel
In Me 2.0, personal branding expert, Schawbel gives readers the tools needed to develop a successful personal brand to stand out in a denser, more competitive job market. The new version, which was updated in 2010, includes a new chapter focused on standing out in the world of online job boards and social media recruiting. Focusing on social media, blogs and mobile apps, the author guides readers through the now countless ways they can connect with others to land their next dream job.
No matter what stage of your career search, there is bound to be a resource on this list to help guide you in your next steps. Visit the ISG Career Center to upload a resume, create a job profile and view current opportunities.