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September 2, 2011

It’s actually September and everyone is heading Back to School. In the spirit of new beginnings, I want to share a couple of resources that could prove quite useful for your job search.  The first is a link from ResumeBear’s 50 Best Books for the Unemployed.  This is an extensive list of books that vary from the practical to the motivational. Even if you are not currently unemployed, you may want to check out the list as there are a number of useful titles worth reading on topics such as Job Hunting, and Networking too.

Second, I wanted to share a link to Steve Job’s commencement speech made in 2005 at Stanford University. Since he announced his decision to step down from his leadership role as CEO of Apple, this speech has been making the rounds on twitter, facebook, etc. I found it to be very interesting and thought provoking. It is good advice to keep in mind as you pursue a job search and consider your options.

August 17, 2011

I recently finished reading, Drive by Daniel Pink. It’s one of those top selling business/management/current affairs type books that you probably have on your reading list (well, maybe not your summer reading list).  It’s focus is on “The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.”

It is an engaging read with lots of interesting statistics and stories many about the changing nature of our work, which I recommend. One unique feature of this book is that the author so graciously has a section in the back entitled, “Nine Strategies for Awakening Your Motivation.”  It’s a sort of handbook with exercises to think about how to be proactive in self-motivation.  One in particular jumped out at me: “GIVE YOURSELF A PERFORMANCE REVIEW.”

This idea of holding ourselves accountable for our performance in work or learning (I would add  relationships, parenting, even leisure) is powerful. How often do we stop to take stock in how we are doing on our personal goals? I really liked this idea of being deliberate in tracking progress in my particular goals and creating a formal performance review process. The author  suggests thinking about “what tools, information or support might you need to do better?”  It’s worth considering.