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How to change careers.

Most change is beneficial. Like so many others, you may be asking exactly how change happens. We don't have all the answers to life's big questions. But we can provide guidance from the experts to help you answer the question, "What should I do with my life?"


Having had four successful careers before starting her own business in 1999, she offers practical help for job seekers and career changers in her book, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work (2003). She is also the author of You Want Me to Work with Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying and Successful Work Life ... No Matter Who You Work With (2006).

THE RENAISSANCE SOUL Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One By Margaret Lobenstine (2006)

This brand-new book provides a unique spin on how people with a million interests who easily suffer from boredom can permit themselves to experience a multitude of jobs, careers, and hobbies throughout life rather than feeling forced to make one choice. The Renaissance Soul is a wonderful resource for those who continually lose interest once the challenges of one job are mastered or who flit from hobby to hobby and need help designing a career or hobby that meets their needs for both variety and fulfilling passion.

THE PATHFINDER How to Chose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success By Nicholas Lore (1998)

A best-selling classic, The Pathfinder is a comprehensive career guide that covers every element of what's needed to choose or change careers. It's filled with self-assessment quizzes and easy-to-follow steps to make work more of "a dance than a drag." A favorite section is how to deal with what Lore calls the "yeah but" voices that keep someone from leaving their dissatisfying job.

DO WHAT YOU ARE Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type By Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger (2001)

Tieger and Barron-Tieger, Myers-Briggs personality experts, wrote this book to help people identify careers that match their MBTI[TM] personality type. There are lists of professions and dozens of real-life examples of people who chose careers based upon their personality. While this approach to changing careers is very specific, the book never fails to open one's eyes to the logic of finding work that aligns with his or her preferences, likes, and dislikes. It should be part of everyone's career-management library.

Margaret Riley Dikel AUTHOR

Margaret Riley Dikel's Web site, The Riley Guide (, has been guiding job seekers through the Internet since 1994. She is also coauthor of The Guide to Internet Job Searching.


Resume writing is one of the most difficult tasks out there, which is why I turn to this book for help. It easily takes you step by step--from gathering the right information, planning its presentation, and turning it into your perfect personal-marketing brochure. The author also provides several samples of real resumes.

TEN STEPS TO A FEDERAL JOB Navigating the Federal Job System: Writing Federal Resumes, KSAs and Cover Letters with a Mission By Kathryn Kraemer Troutman (2002)

Anyone who wants to work for the federal government must read this book. Troutman is the expert in this field, and she easily guides you through the entire application and hiring process. The section on the Application Package (resume, KSA Statement, and cover letter) is a gold mine of information and guidance. (KSA refers to knowledge, skills, and abilities--common job specifications.)

WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? By Richard Nelson Bolles (updated 2006)

This is still the 10,000-pound gorilla in job-search and career-change manuals. Parachute is a guide to your entire job search, starting with the reality of the hunt, working through a personal analysis so you know what you want and don't want, and finally taking you through the most successful ways to find a job and a career you will love. Always look for the latest edition.


Nicholas Lore is Director of Rockport Institute, an organization that has helped nearly 12,000 clients choose a career that fits them. He is the author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, an Amazon. com top-1,000 best seller for most of the last seven years.

THE PATHFINDER How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success By Nicholas Lore (1998)

I wrote this one myself because I couldn't find a single book to give our clients what I thought was a competent guide for career changers. About The Pathfinder, mega-best-selling author Jack Canfield says: "A brilliant, passionately written book! If you want to have a career you will love, this is the one to read. I highly recommend it." It is a complete guidebook for designing a new life direction.

DO WHAT YOU ARE Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type By Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger (2001)

Choosing work that fits their personalities is an important issue career changers face. This book is by far the best guide to personality and work. It is a great place to look for clues about what careers may be worth exploring. The authors have written several other excellent guides to personality type, including Nurture by Nature, a book every parent should read to better understand their children's personalities.

RESUME MAGIC Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer By Susan Britton Whitcomb

Once you have decided on a new direction, landing a job in a new field requires a creative approach to personal marketing. While there is much more to this than writing a great resume, you won't get far without one. This is the one and only excellent book on resumes. The author teaches you to write a resume that advertises for you and that shows what you can do and how well you can do it.


Margot King's career spans more than 25 years in the Human Resources consulting world. She is the founder and CEO of OnSite Recruiting Solutions and has produced and hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show, "Job Talk with Margot King" (

NOBODIES TO SOMEBODIES How 100 Great Careers Got Their Start By Peter Han (2005)

One of my absolute favorites is Han's book. Having interviewed thousands of people in my career, I am always fascinated by hearing about the magic moment when a person has an epiphany about his or her career path. Reading about individuals who have succeeded in their respective fields through career-making decisions inspires people who may not yet have found their life's mission. Many would benefit greatly from the vignettes offered in Mr. Han's book.

BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It By Peggy Klaus (2004)

Brag! presents ways to make yourself known within your work environment or industry. To me personal branding is necessary to leverage what I call your "core" essence, or the imagery that crops up in people's minds when thinking of you. Individual branding can help catapult your career whether you wish to change careers or to accelerate your present career. Ms. Klaus offers practical advice on how to showcase your attributes without being obnoxious or grandstanding, as well as how to highlight your accomplishments.

GETTING TO YES Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In By Roger Fisher and William Ury (1991)

This is a remarkable book that many college and business-school curricula use to stress the necessary art of negotiation. Dr. Ury, a guest on my talk show, recently collaborated with Jimmy Carter as he tackled negotiations with a South American country. The lessons learned from this book relate to your daily lives in the workplace, whether you are negotiating a salary increase in a performance review or you are convincing a potential boss that you are the right candidate to hire for his or her company. The key to negotiating what you want: be willing to walk away.
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