VSGD Recommended Reading List

We asked the community what books they found helpful during career change and here are some of their suggestions. Got a suggestion of your own that should be included here? We’d love to hear from you - scroll down to the bottom of the page to submit your ideas!

If you feel stuck at your job and don’t know how to start looking for another one…

Designing your life: how to build a well-lived, joyful life
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

An inspiring and thought-provoking book that shows you how to build—design—a life you can thrive in, at any age or stage.

If you are looking for more career fulfilment…


Get a Life, Not a Job
Paula Caligiuri

With a radically new approach to redesigning your career, get more passion, more fulfillment, better work-life balance, and real financial freedom! You only have one life. Why not love what you do? Discover how others have made it happen - and how you can too!

One step at a time, learn how to

  • Start spending more time in a career you enjoy and less on work you hate

  • Identify career choices you'll love and build your skills to match them

  • Transform and layoff-proof your current job

  • Define a mix of wealth-building activities that stimulate and liberate you

  • Escape outdated psychological contracts that let others control your destiny

  • Build the inspiring career you deserve!

If you need practical advice…


What colour is your parachute
Richard N. Bolles

With more than 10 million copies sold in 28 countries, the world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2018 and tailors Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers. 

In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.


Submit your own recommended reads

Have you read something recently that helped you in your career? Perhaps it was something that boosted your confidence, gave you a different perspective, or challenged the way you think?

We’d love to hear from you - let us know what it was and we will include it in our reading list!

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