Self-Exploration and Self-Assessment

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker Palmer 
This short book goes a long way in helping the reader understand an authentic and honest life that pays more attention to the inner voice than the expectations of others.

The Crossroads of Should and Must
Elle Luna
Inspirational essay about what following our internal voice, what we “must” do to find our “calling,” not just our “job” and “career.”

Change the Way You See Everything
Kathy Cramer 
This book is about asset-based thinking, a philosophy that instills habits of success that can lead to shifts in perception about ourselves and others which, in turn, produces positive results in business and in life.

If at First … How Great People Turned Setbacks into Great Success
Laura Fitzgerald 
This inspirational book about turning failure into success highlights stories about well-known people who overcame great obstacles to achieve personal satisfaction and professional achievement.

The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success
Nicholas Lore 
This career management classic includes over 100 self-assessment exercises to help you find a new path or reignite your passion for an existing job.

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future
Dorie Clark
This book is primarily for executives at all stages of their careers who are looking for a change, looking for practical tools and strategies to reinvent their professional identities and aspirations, overcome self-imposed or industry obstacles, and define new career directions.

Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life
Tasha Eurich
Cutting-edge book about self-awareness and insight, including seven pillars of insight, and practical strategies for overcoming stumbling blocks and asking the right questions for accurate self-understanding.


Job Search Tools and Resources

What Color is Your Parachute: A Practical Manual for Job Hunters and Career Changers
Richard Bolles 
Originally published in 1970 and revised annually, this may be the most popular and comprehensive book on job hunting and career changing. It’s loaded with insight and practical exercises.

Knock ‘em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide
Martin Yate 
Like What Color is Your Parachute, this book, revised regularly, addresses a full spectrum of job search basics and nuts and bolts techniques.