This page contains a list of what I call Best Career Builders: resources and links that I have personally found useful and would recommend to all professionals and executives who want a more focused way to undertake career research and/or enhance their career education and training.
ONLINE CAREER BUILDERS
This site gets my tick because it is a credible and authoritative one stop career center catering to college students, workers and HR personnel. Extra points for useful information like the Glossary of Key Career, Job-Hunting Terms, Top Job Categories and Career Resources page with handy job seeker tools such as Resume Distribution, Online Career Portfolio and Reputation Defender.
The official online job search resource hosted By Dick Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?. The site is intended to be a supplement to the book. You will find valuable tips on how to use the Internet for job hunting related research.
Career Search Engines
An excellent career search engine not only lets you browse job vacancies by category (for example, location, keyword, industry, full-time or otherwise) and apply for jobs online, it usually also lists tools and resources that help you prepare for practical aspects of the job application process, such as career change resume writing, job interviews and negotiation tactics – how to ask for a salary increase at job promotion time.
Career Aptitude Tests
The Holland Code was created by psychologist John L. Holland, a respected contributor in the field of career counseling theory. His theory is that each of us has two or three dominant codes out of six personality and work environment types (usually referred to by their first letters: RIASEC).
After you complete the Career Key test, you will receive a three-letter code (e.g. A-S-E). This code gives you an insight into the occupations that most match your personality, plus you will also receive detailed information about each occupation and career ideas that help you move forward in your decision making process.
There is a fee for taking the online test.
For a free career personality test that is also based on the Holland Code, try the Career Interests Game by the University of Missouri.
OFFLINE CAREER BUILDERS
Recommended Career Books
The book has been hailed “the gold standard of Career Guides” and is regularly updated. Richard Bolles is considered “the most recognized job-hunting authority on the planet”.
I would recommend it as compulsory reading for anyone who is job hunting or changing careers.
Stephen R. Covey’s books:
Dr. Covey’s books are about enhancing your personal effectiveness by working on yourself from the inside out, then finding a practical way to offer your gifts and abilities to make a difference in your relationships, your community and the world.
The 7th Habit is a useful guide not only for workers and career changers but for anyone who wants to live in a more conscious way and to relate better with others.
The 8th Habit, with its call to discover our voice and inspire others to find theirs, resonated with me in a powerful way when I was at my own career crossroad. I would say reading the book was one of a chain of serendipitous events that enabled me to write a new career story.
Daniel Goleman’s Working with Emotional Intelligence
This is one of those books I wish I had read early in my career. It would have saved me much angst and frustration.
Every employee, from the member of a team right up to the CEO, can benefit from understanding how to use emotions in an effective and intelligent way to make the workplace a more fulfilling and productive place to be in.
DECISION MAKING SKILLS FOR SERIOUS CAREER BUILDERS
Recommended Decision Making Books
This book is for anyone who has ever asked themselves “What is God’s will for my life?” Maybe you were contemplating your career choices (“Should I change jobs? Should I take up a new career?”) or your life purpose.
If you struggle to discern life’s decisions and want to learn how to make decisions more confidently based on an ethical decision making model, you will find this book a great helper.
Decision Making Software
For those who love how technology has made life easier, you will love the decision making software that makes it possible to simplify the decision making process.
If you are changing careers, weighing up career choices or making any career-related decisions, this software is one of the most advanced and effective career builders available. Don’t miss the opportunity to try it out!
COMMUNICATION SKILL BUILDERS
The ability to communicate effectively through the way you write is a transferable skillthat employers regard favorably.
When you are building an online business, the ability to write in a Web-friendly way is absolutely critical. You’ve got at most ten seconds to impress your reader before he decides to click away to your competitor’s site.
Want to learn to get more traffic and sales through your writing?
The Netwriting Masters Course could be the e-learning career builder you’ve been looking for.
Click on the image to download a free copy to your desktop.
If you think you can’t write, or that writing is for English majors, Make Your Content PREsell! may change your mind.
Get practical how-to tips and techniques from an expert on online communication.
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LIFE COACHING CAREER BUILDERS
Become a Life Coach by David Wood PCC gives you an easy way to start your coach training. His Coach Start Manual is described as ‘the fastest way to build your coaching practice’.
I reviewed Become a Life Coach along with other coach training resources when I was researching whether to become a career coach, and I still use it as a resource in my coaching practice. David writes in an easy, readable style that anyone can follow without fuss.
If you are interested in becoming a life coach, this coach training resource is worth investigating.
SELF GROWTH RESOURCES
SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Personal Growth on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.
Steve Pavlina is one of the foremost personal development experts today. His thinking and writing are fresh, insightful and authentic. I enjoy reading his newsletters and have gained much understanding from his sharing.
CAREER BUILDERS: WORK FROM HOME CAREERS AND WAHM
It’s written by four WAHMs who know exactly how to build a successful business onlinebecause they’ve been there, done that.
SALES SKILL TRAINING
Workers in sales and marketing jobs have an advantage because they already know something many of us don’t. If you want to build wealth, you have to be in the profit-generating team.
What if you aren’t currently in a sales or marketing job? You can still master sales and negotiation skills. They are the sort of employment skills that make a resume shine.
Whether or not your current job description includes sales, do yourself a favour. Take time to check out the Service Sellers Masters Course.
Learn the art of selling, use it to advantage in your current work situation and be instantly perceived as more valuable and employable.