‘Chasing Chickens’, ‘How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile’ and Other Career Book Recommendations


As part of the focus on supporting workforce development in the CARES and LSTA Acts, the Library of Michigan provided a collection of print titles to assist patrons with job search, career development and the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.

This resource is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Manistee County Library has a full set of these titles available at every location.

• “What Color Is Your Parachute?: Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Professional Success” by Richard Nelson Bolles is a self-help guide aimed at helping job seekers present themselves in their best light to find the best job for them.


• “Soft Skills in Demand for 2020 Career Readiness” by Pattie Gibson offers information on leadership, communication and more to help succeed in any job.

• “How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile: – and 18 Mistakes to Avoid” by Brenda Bernstein is a new job search tool. LinkedIn is an online resource for recruiting candidates. The author aims to help build a professional profile to attract the attention of companies looking to hire and business leads for startups.

• “Workforce Training: A New Roadmap” by William Bonvillian and Sanjay Sarma argues for retraining the working class to be competitive in today’s job market.

“50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms” by Dev Aujla provides information on not only finding, but also getting hired and keeping a job you love. Exercises are included to help with decision making and motivation during the process.

• “The Art of Finding a Job You Love: An Unconventional Guide to Working Meaningfully” by Cara Heilmann is another title that highlights a person’s talents and passions rather than their previous employment. This book also includes interview tips.

• “The Big Book of Job Hunting Hacks: How to Build a Resume, Conquer the Interview, and Land Your Dream Job” by Brenda Bernstein provides specific advice ranging from creating a resume to the interview process.

• Anyone new to the job market can appreciate “Career Rookie: A Get-It-Together Guide For Grads, Students and Career Newbies” by Sarah Vermunt. Getting started is a challenge, but this book will help you deal with the emotions and confusion of career decisions. Anna Rachel Neff supports career changes for people in the workforce who are not using their education as intended.

• “Chasing Chickens: When Life After College Doesn’t Go As You Planned” uses the author’s own experience reinventing herself to achieve the career she wanted.

• Jane Finkle’s “The Introvert’s Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving and Moving On Up” talks about the qualities of introverts in the workplace while guiding people to extrovert skills to help them through life. along the way.

• “Job Interview Tips for Overcoming Red Flags: Winning Strategies, Examples, and Short Stories for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds” by Ronald Krannich aims to help people who have encountered a few bumps in the road during their use. Find out how to handle issues such as frequent job changes, poor education, and career choices when they arise in the interview process.

• Karl Hughes’ “Gen Y’s Guide to the Construction Trades” is for those looking for an alternative to college and interested in a career. The construction trades offer on-the-job training and what some consider a good life.

• “Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough, Conversations, Whole Hearts” by Brene Brown aims to answer the question: “What makes a great leader? While researching this topic, the author has introduced new ideas and practices that can cultivate the leaders we need today.

• “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport highlights a skill needed in today’s workforce. The ability to focus on work without the daily distractions of email and social media will produce quality work in less time.

• Anjali Patel wrote “Humanity at Work: Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing in an Increasingly Distributed Workforce” to help create a successful workplace. Providing solutions to help understand and celebrate our differences, this book is a valuable resource.

• “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High” by Kerry Patterson et al teaches how to achieve positive results when tempers flare and opinions vary.

• “Bring Your Whole Your Self to Work: How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection and Performance” by Mike Robbins aims to create a workplace based on authenticity in relationships and create environments where all staff can contribute.

• “Remote, Inc….How to Thrive at Work…Wherever You Are” by Robert Pozen teaches people the habits needed to succeed in any setting.

• “Workparent: the Complete Guide to Succeeding on the Job, Staying True to Yourself, and Raising Happy Kids” by Daisy Dowling is a great resource for working parents. The author provides advice on childcare, work flexibility, navigating transitions, guilt, and daily pressures.

• “Your Rights in the Workplace” by Sachi Barreiro is an informative guide to wages, insurance, retirement, privacy rights and more.

• Eric Ries’ book, “The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth” focuses on established companies such as tech giants and automakers as examples of the way to maneuver on the path to success during unpredictable times. time.

• “Why Startups Fail: a New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success” by Thomas Eisenmann follows the author’s research as he attempts to answer this question. By using stories to determine the patterns that explain failures, Eisenmann is able to provide new approaches to success.

The Manistee County Library offers many opportunities to help patrons with their job search. In addition to books, computers are available at all six locations and Learning Express, available on mel.org, allows clients to explore potential careers, improve their computer, language and speaking skills, and prepare for the ACT and SAT.

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