The Best Career Exploration, Job Finding, and Career Enhancing Resources Available

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Hob Hunters and Career-Changers
Richard Bolles, Ten Speed Press, 2010

This is the granddaddy of them all, 10 million sold. Dick Bolles is one of the most original thinkers of our time and has an ability to see through things, see what really is, and present it in such a way that the reader gains tremendous insight. Dick popularized the concept of the hidden job market, that fact that roughly 60% of all jobs get filled without ever having been advertised or listed with agencies or headhunters. Upon reading the first edition in 1971, I realized that here was a person who understood my predicament and could lead me out of it. At the time I had just graduated from college with a degree in history in the middle of what in Seattle is referred to as the “Boeing Depression” (1969-1973).

Dick originally wrote the book to help his fellow Episcopal priests who were leaving the priesthood. As Dick was counseling these folks, he began to interview the top career practitioners of the era, including John Crystal and Bernard Haldane. He gained insights from each one and pulled all the ideas, strategies, and techniques into one book that convinces the reader that he or she can not only define what type of work would take full advantage of their skills and desires, but that they can also obtain that job. Since that time Bolles has continued to develop new concepts that encourage and enlighten. He presents clear ways to go out and get the job you want and shows you the best strategies—strategies that less than 5% of your competitors will be using, giving you a considerable advantage. Dick is clearly the most influential thinker in the world of career development and deservedly so. Each of his books is a classic.
Tom Washington

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Complete Job Search Handbook: Everything You Need To Know To Get The Job You Really Want
Howard Figler, Owl Books, 1999

I have told Howard several times that this book is one of the most original and valuable career and job finding books ever written. When teaching job finding strategies to students who are seeking to become career development specialists, this is my textbook. Howard has identified all the key skills a job seeker needs to conduct an effective job search. Then he shows the reader how to develop or enhance those skills. He sort of holds the reader’s hand as he demonstrates that these seemingly daunting activities, are not so daunting when you follow the recommendations in this book. Howard sticks with those skills that will always be necessary for an effective job search. He gives you the principles and shows you how to put them to work for you. These principles don’t go out of style. Twenty years from now, even if Howard never revised the book again, it would still be just as valuable as it is today.
Tom Washington

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Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1000 a Minute
Jack Chapman, Mount Vernon Press, 2008

I’ve been recommending Negotiating Your Salary: How To Make $1000 a Minute to my clients since it first came out in 1987. It is the single most valuable and helpful book on negotiating job offers and pay raises. All of Jack’s recommendations are time proven. His primary function is guiding folks through the labyrinth of negotiating the best salary and benefits. There is hardly a situation out there that he has not faced with a client. So, if you get stuck, email him at But first, read the book. Mount Vernon Press is proud to have become the publisher of this great book beginning in 2009.  Tom Washington

Quotes from professionals:

I would never walk into a job interview without having read Jack’s book
Robin Sheerer, author of No More Blue Mondays

Hands down…the best salary book on the market.
Joyce Lain Kennedy, author and nationally syndicated careers columnist

Raises are really possible! And they’re even bigger when you use Jack’s methods.
Wendy Enelow, executive director, Career Masters Institute

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Memory Mining: Digging for Gems from Your Past Good Work
Allan Hay, Book Publishers Network, 2007

Allan Hay has been my colleague in the Seattle-Area’s career consulting community for nearly two decades.  He is one of the most knowledgeable practitioners I know. 

I got to know Allan during the heyday of the bubble.  We regularly presented employment seminars at the region’s quarterly Hi-Tech Expos.  More often than not, I would deliver a program on resume writing followed by Allan.  His topics ranged from interviewing to salary negotiations.  Normally, when I completed a workshop, I rushed off to the buffet or back to my office.  Not when Allan was speaking. Allan’s presentations were not only informative but also entertaining.  He always managed to engage his audiences, not preach to them.  They learned.  I learned.

Now Allan brings that same style to his excellent book “Memory Mining.”  Allan takes the reader through a common-sense journey of self-discovery.  Along the way he provides the insight and tools that we all require to feel better about our careers and future prospects. “Memory Mining” refers to the process of digging through your past work experiences and discovering your accomplishments, achievements, and contributions to your employers, customers, vendors, etc.  It is a process I have used effectively and one I have never known a client to not have benefited from.  It is the inevitable “wow factor!” as in “wow, I really did do all that!”  That is the beginning of marketability.

But that is just one stop on the journey.  Allan presents exceptional insight on resume prep, cover letters, deciphering job descriptions, and other parts of the job search usually shrouded in myth and theory.  It is a how-to manual for success in the job hunt.

In short, Allan Hay’s “Memory Mining” not only strikes gold—it is gold!
Gary Kanter, coauthor of Resume Empower

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Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed
Anthony Medley, Ten Speed Press, 2005

I tell my clients that interviewing is a complex art and no one author has put it all together. Each author has their own experience and views on interviewing and has gained specific insights. No one can express those insights better than that author. Reading Sweaty Palms, along with Interview Power, is the best way to get the most from two outstanding books. Anthony Medley, with his unique experience of having interviewed hundreds of candidates, uses his lawyerly mind to write this delightful and insightful book. He frequently uses historical events to make strong and unforgettable points. One story has Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers interviewing Jackie Robinson to determine if Robinson would be able to handle the taunts and threats if he became the first African American to play in the “modern times” of Major League Baseball. The real point of the story is that there are times when you should not rush an answer. Robinson paused, considering the enormity of his decision, and then told Rickey he was ready. You will never forget this, or many other points, because of Medley’s masterful way of presenting them. I could never cover these points as well as Medley and that’s why hundreds of my clients have read Sweaty Palms, as well as Interview Power.
Tom Washington, author of Interview Power 

The best book I know on interviewing.  
Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute

Seaty Palms is priceless, brilliant, increditbly helfpful and useful. Thank you and bless you for your efforts. 
Michael Lamon

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Love It, Don’t Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work
Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2003

Since being referred to Love It, Don’t Leave It several years ago, I have loaned the book to many of my clients. Sometimes we have no choice but to leave a job that is simply not working for us, but Kay and Jordan-Evans rely on their many years of career and management consulting to show frustrated employees that “out” is not the only way. No matter how frustrated you may be on your job, I suggest you try one or several of their 26 ways. These “ways” are practical and those who have used them have turned lousy and frustrating jobs into enjoyable and empowering jobs. Then if all else fails, the authors provide ideas for leaving gracefully and finding the job you really want and deserve. Some chapters include, Ask And You May Receive—Do they know what you Want?, Buck: Don’t Pass It—Satisfaction is your job, Career: Chart Your Course—Who owns yours?, Dignity: Give It to Get It—It’s about R-E-S-P-E-C-T. You get the idea. Each chapter is six to seven pages and simple to try out.
Tom Washington

Bev and Sharon do it again! In a simple, straightforward way, they take on an important issue: how to make the most of your work environment. I want every one of our associates to read this book.
Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager

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