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Valuable Resource Books

  • Review our personal and professional recommendations on self-help job search and career management books

  • Some of these selected books are written by our Monday Guest Speakers, including Frank Danzo and David Hults

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People Hire People, Not Resumes (Frank Danzo)
Frequent BBJ Guest Speaker Frank Danzo shares with us the types of tools, preparation, and mental exercises one needs to do to find employment. Finding a job is a full time work week, and commitment and hard work are needed to be successful. Learning how to hold yourself accountable is a critical theme in the book.  Frank reinforces the necessity of daily networking with people, explaining how to be successful and build on every networking meeting opportunity.


From Cornered To Corner Office (David W. Hults)
Written by popular BBJ Guest Speaker David Hults, this book is an engaging, must-read book that uses true stories from people in all types of careers to illustrate how we get cornered by others, by industry, by our company’s culture and even by ourselves as we seek professional success. It also provides practical tools that we can all use to avoid the unexpected roadblocks we encounter so we can manage our careers effectively and find our own personal definition of the corner office.


Best 201 Answers To The 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions (Matthew & Nanette DeLuca)
Recommended by frequent BBJ Speaker Mike Hoffey, this book is a necessity.  In today’s job market, there are thousands of qualified candidates battling it out for a few jobs. Beat out the competition and learn how to give the best interview with the essential job-seeking weapon you need to answer the thought-provoking or unexpected questions that potential employers use to weed out candidates.  Matthew and Nanette DeLuca coach you through every possible question you’ll encounter, along with the secret motivation behind them―including those you may not want to be asked but must answer.  Learn how to gracefully address a lost job, tactfully discuss salary requirements, take control of the interview and more.  You’ll never be at a loss for words on any interview.

What Color Is Your Parachute

What Color Is Your Parachute? (Richard Noles)
This book is the world’s most popular job-hunting guide, revised and updated annually, with more than ten million copies sold.  The 2016 edition features the latest studies and perspectives on today’s job-market, including proven strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Career expert Richard N. Bolles reveals surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results.

Resume Magic

Resume Magic (Susan Britton-Whitcomb)
Resume Magic offers before-and-after resume transformations, explains resume creation and illustrates professional techniques with actual examples that show why the techniques work.

Don't Blow The Interview

Don’t Blow The Interview (Ralph Ferrone)
The job interview is the single most crucial step in the whole application process. In Don’t Blow the Interview, you’ll learn how to secure the interview, from resume preparation to query letters, ways to dress, and talk for interview success, common interview questions―and how to answer them!  Ferrone’s book is the ultimate resource for turning your next interview into a job offer.

A Foot In The Door

A Foot In The Door: Networking into the Hidden Job Market (Dr. Katherine Hansen)
This book shows you how to get a foot in the door-and then kick it wide open. It emphasizes the importance of contemporary social networking, such as discussion groups and forums, online portfolios, and blogging. Featuring confidence-building advice for the shy or intimidated, and a comprehensive guide to informational interviewing, the book showcases strategies that will help those seeking a real-world job land the position they’ve been looking for.

Strengths Based Leadership

Strengths Based Leadership (Tom Rath/Barry Conchie)
This book focuses on research conducted on leadership. It identifies three keys to being a more effective leader: knowing your strengths and investing in others’ strengths, getting people with the right strengths on your team, and understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.  You’ll hear firsthand accounts from some of the most successful organizational leaders in recent history, as they discuss how their unique strengths have driven their success. Filled with novel research and actionable ideas, Strengths Based Leadership will give you a new road map for leading people toward a better future.

Cultivate - The Power of Winning Relationships

Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships (Morgan Barrett)
Discover why a business plan and the newest product mean nothing if you don’t have your people aligned to execute the plan. Leaders rarely fail because of lack of technical ability, but do so because they don’t cultivate effective working relationships. The people skills, the so-called “soft skills,” are what get the “hard goods” delivered. Employees may join organizations because of the brand or the benefits, but they invariably choose to leave because of poor relationships. You will learn to identify Allies, Supporters, Rivals, and Adversaries, and how to turn Adversaries into Supporters and Supporters into Allies.   The relationship lessons learned will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.


Reinventing You

Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Are you where you want to be professionally?

Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally. Consider this book your road map for the next phase of your career journey.

In Reinventing You, branding expert Dorie Clark provides a step-by-step guide to help you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.

Mixing personal stories with engaging interviews and examples from well-known personalities—Mark Zuckerberg, Al Gore, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and others—Reinventing You shows how to think big about your professional goals, take control of your career, build a reputation that opens doors for you, and finally live the life you want.