5 Must-Read Books for Career Professionals

Most people have career-related New Year’s resolutions and it's not a surprise anymore. Many professionals are thinking of quitting their present job or planning a big career change as the new year begins. If you plan to re-evaluate, refresh or reconstruct your line of work, perhaps these resources will help you analyze and understand which journey you want to venture on, steps you can take and how to make the right career move.

Here are 5 highly recommended career-related books that every worker or career-changer should read:

1. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
It is perfectly designed to help people who plans to change or build their careers. Nicholas Lore's The Pathfinder offers more than 50 tests and over 100 self-assessments and diagnostic tools. These exercises will take you through a detailed journey of self discovery that leads you to career fulfillment.
2.  What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles 

This book is widely recognized as the top job-hunting guide that provides in-depth perspective and new holistic way in making career choices. The 2015 edition of this manual contains up-to-date and relevant research about the changing job market, economy and technology tools. This guide also includes extremely practical tips on writing impressive resumes, insights into the real interviewing process and useful advice in discovering your best qualities and skills.

3. "Headhunter" Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed . . . Forever! by Skip Freeman
Job hunting is never easy. You can send out tons of copy of your resume to companies but there's no guarantee that you will get a job. To achieve job search success, getting abundance of real-world experiences, practices and learning from an expert is necessary. Freeman's Headhunter book offers a completely new approach and powerful guidelines about job search. It will teach you how to position yourself as a top candidate in your prospect job.

4. The Social Media Job Search Workbook by Joshua Waldman
Social media has become a vital tool in recruitment today. Almost all hiring managers and recruiters utilize these networking sites in their hiring process. To be able to use this great resource in your advantage, check out Waldman's workbook that provides solid social media strategies on how to connect with the right people, improve your personal branding, build an effective profile, and explore the hidden job market on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.

5. Coach Yourself to a New Career: 7 Steps to Reinventing Your Professional Life by Talane Miedaner
Switching careers is a major life decision. If you included 'making-a-career-change' on your bucket list this year, this book is a worthwhile read. This is not simply a career book but also a life coaching tool that offers practical step in self-exploration and finding your true passion.

Whether you're aiming for a promotion, contemplating about starting a business, or just trying to figure out what is the right profession for you, these books will teach you something new on reinventing your professional life and give you an edge in the highly competitive job market.

What books do you recommend for working professionals?

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