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Book Resources

Need book resources?  We got them! 

Check out our recommendations for development and self-help job search and career management books.  We have assembled an awesome collection of choices.  All of these books are available on Amazon.

Two books were written by our guest speakers, including Frank Danzo and David Hults.

Use these important resources to help you in your search activities.  Click directly on the book logo to go directly to Amazon.com and order the book.


People Hire People Not Resumes

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.

In addition, you will discover how 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 By David-Hults

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.  It illustrates how we get cornered by others, by industry, by our company’s culture, and even by ourselves as we seek professional success.

Above all, 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 Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

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.

Above all, you’ll learn how to 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.

Every Possible Question

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.

In conclusion, you will 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 an 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.  In other words, the book 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.

Get The Results You Want

Above all, 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.  The book explains how to create a resume.  It also 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. However, 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!

Why This Book?

In conclusion, you will find 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.

Build Your Confidence

In conclusion, this book features 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.  Understanding and meeting the four basic needs of those who look to you for leadership.

Firsthand Accounts

In addition, 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. In other words, leaders rarely fail because of a lack of technical ability.  Thus, they do so because they don’t cultivate effective working relationships.

Relationship Lessons

The people skills, the so-called “soft skills,” are what get the “hard goods” delivered. Employees may join organizations because of the brand.  As a result, they may join for the benefits.  But they invariably choose to leave because of poor relationships.

What You’ll Learn

As a result, you will learn to identify Allies, Supporters, Rivals, and Adversaries, and how to turn Adversaries into Supporters and Supporters into Allies.

Therefore, the relationship lessons learned will stay with you long after you’ve finished the book.


Reinventing You

Reinventing You (Dorie Clark)
Are you where you want to be professional?

Do you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely?  Build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents?

Therefore, to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally. In other words, consider this book your road map for the next phase of your career journey.

Your Unique Strengths

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 contribution you can make.

Personal Stories You’ll Enjoy

In conclusion, this book mixes personal stories with engaging interviews and examples from well-known personalities.  That includes Mark Zuckerberg, Al Gore, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and others.  As a result, Reinventing You shows how to think big about your professional goals.

In other words, it teaches you how to take control of your career, build a reputation that opens doors for you, thus, allowing you to live the life you want.