5 Books to Help Your Career Development This Summer (Part I)

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Below is a list of must read books that are filled with valuable career advice – no matter what your major or industry interest is. The best part is you can always read these while taking in the sun at your favorite park or beach.

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles

This book (already in it’s 40th edition) is the go to guide for job searching. What Color is Your Parchute? 2012 is loaded with advice for job seekers in today’s market. Bolles gives advice on a variety of topics from how to use social media tools for your advantage to updated tips on networking, interviewing, salary negotiations and even entrepreneurialism. The best part is this is not specific to one industry everyone can take advantage of the advice here.



From Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins

Jim Collins set out to find out what makes a good company great. Through extensive research and years of studies the result is this book that suggests that leadership and discipline among other traits can turn even a bad company into a great one.




Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul D. Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger

Here is a radical idea, get a job based on your personality. Do What You Are is chock full of career advice based on your personality type; including advice based on each type’s strengths and weaknesses. The book also offers a comprehensive list of possible careers for each of the 16 different types of personalities.




Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States, by Daniel Beaudry 

Often, students face the harsh reality that an American education isn’t enough to land you that dream job, however, the book is filled with great insight for international students on navigating the job market.





Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

Ever wonder if you can really trust your gut? Noble Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, explains how we think in his book. Kahneman engages the reader with tips on how to use this scientific insight to make better decisions and understand how our decision-making process works.