CareerGenerations’ Favorite Books

Books on all sorts of topics including: Assessment Related Books (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, the Enneagram), Career Exploration, Career Management, Interviewing, Resources for Introverts, Job Search Strategies, Negotiating, Networking, LinkedIn/Networking Online/Social Media, Occupation Research, Personal Branding, Reinvention, Resumes/Cover Letters, Retirement (We call it Protirement!) Planning, Skills Identification, Transitions, and Work Trends

Assessment Related Books

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

  • Do What You Are
  • What’s Your Type of Career?
  • Typetalk
  • Please Understand Me
  • Gifts Differing
  • Just Your Type
  • Beside Ourselves

Strong Interest Inventory

  • 50 Best Jobs for your Personality
  • 10 Best College Majors for your Personality


  • The Career Within
  • The Enneagram of Love and Work
  • The Enneagram: Understanding yourself and the others in your life
  • The Wisdom of the Enneagram
  • The Essential Enneagram
  • The Enneagram Made Easy

Career Exploration

  • Wishcraft
  • I could do anything if I only knew what it was
  • Refuse to Choose
  • What Color is your Parachute?
  • It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now: How to create your second life at any age
  • Now What? The Young Person’s Guide
  • Test-Drive Your Dream Job
  • The You Plan
  • Work with Passion

Career Management

  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
  • Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (with bonus article “How Will You Measure Your Life?”
  • The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded
  • Climbing The Corporate Ladder
  • Corporate Confidential: 50 Secrets Your Company Doesn’t Want You to Know—and What to Do About Them
  • Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why, Second Edition: 12 Things You’d Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead


  • 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions
  • 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions
  • Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will
  • Get You the Job
  • 101 Toughest Interview Questions


  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
  • Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
  • The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength
  • Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
  • Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

Job Search

  • Job Search Strategies: Get a Good Job… Even in a Bad Economy
  • The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
  • What Does Somebody Have to Do to Get a Job Around Here! 44 Insider Secrets and Tips that Will Get You Hired
  • Knock ’em Dead 2016: The Ultimate Job Search Guide
  • Job-Hunting Online: A Guide to Job Listings, Message Boards, Research Sites, the UnderWeb, Counseling, Networking, Self-Assessment Tools, Niche Sites
  • 60 Seconds & You’re Hired!
  • The Secret to Getting a Job after College: Marketing Tactics to Turn Degrees into Dollars


  • Secrets of Power Negotiating, 15th Anniversary Edition: Inside Secrets from a Master Negotiator
  • Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In


  • Face to Face: How to Reclaim the Personal Touch in a Digital World
  • Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected
  • How to Create Your Own Luck: The “You Never Know” Approach to Networking, Taking Chances, and Opening Yourself to Opportunity
  • How to Work a Room, Revised Edition: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing
  • Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job
  • Perfect Phrases for Professional Networking: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Meeting and Keeping Helpful Contacts Everywhere You Go
  • Networking for the Novice, Nervous, or Naïve Job Seeker
  • The World’s Worst Networker: Lessons Learned by the Best from the Absolute Worst!
  • Make Your Contacts Count
  • Never Eat Alone
  • Use Your Head To Get Your Foot In The Door

LinkedIn/Networking Online/Social Media

  • The Social Media Job Search Workbook: Your step-by-step guide to finding work in the age of social media
  • Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies
  • Advanced LinkedIn: For Your Job Search, Business, and Career
  • The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
  • The Power Formula for Linkedin Success (Third Edition – Completely Revised): Kick-Start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search
  • Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap Into the Hidden Job Market using Social Media and 999 other Tactics Today
  • How to Write a KILLER LinkedIn Profile… And 18 Mistakes to Avoid
  • Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn

Occupation Research

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook

Personal Branding

  • Impressions: The Power of Personal Branding in Living an Extraordinary Life
  • Branding Pays: The Five-Step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand
  • Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
  • Career Distinction
  • Me 2.0


  • The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy
  • The Purpose Driven Life
  • Retire & Thrive
  • My Time
  • The Third Shift
  • Portfolio Life
  • Reinventing Retirement
  • The Encore Career Handbook
  • Second Act Careers
  • Work with Passion in Midlife and Beyond
  • Encore: Finding Work that Matters

Resumes/Cover Letters

  • Knock ’em Dead Resumes: A Killer Resume Gets More Job Interviews
  • Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer
  • Resumes for Dummies
  • Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book
  • Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters: Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Also review books about LinkedIn (above)

Retirement (We call it Protirement!)

  • What’s Next? Updated: Finding Your Passion and Your Dream Job in Your Forties, Fifties and Beyond
  • Live Smart After 50!
  • How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
  • The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed and Overworked
  • You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children (Classic Dr. Seuss)
  • 65 Things to Do When You Retire, 65 Notable Achievers on How to Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life
  • Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Good Life
  • The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement
  • Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities
  • The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life
  • Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit from Your Passions During Semi-Retirement
  • Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy … And Pays the Bills
  • The Age Advantage: Making the Most of Your Mid-life Career Transition


  • Strengths Finder 2.0
  • Go Put Your Strengths to Work
  • Work Your Strengths: Work Your Strengths: A Scientific Process to Identify Your Skills and Match Them to the Best Career for You


  • Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
  • Who Moved My Cheese?
  • Who Cut the Cheese?
  • The Dip
  • Time Off! The Unemployed Guide to San Francisco

Work Trends

  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • Made to Stick
  • What I Wish I knew When I Was 20
  • Outliers: The Story of Success
  • You, Inc.
  • Jobshift