Kick-Start Your Career

July 2010

As a career services advisor at Walden, Nicolle Skalski helps students and alumni look for new jobs, enhance their résumés, and brainstorm fresh professional goals. But there’s always room for additional research, so she recommends these books to fill in the gaps. Read on—and take your career to the next level.

On My NightstandTHE MID-CAREER SUCCESS GUIDE: PLANNING FOR THE SECOND HALF OF YOUR WORKING LIFE,
by Sally J. Power

Staying up-to-date with trends in your career field is vital. But it can be hard to filter the abundance of information available online and in the library. Power gives clear and specific tips to help you stay one step ahead of the competition.



On My NightstandWORKING IDENTITY: UNCONVENTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR REINVENTING YOUR CAREER,
by Herminia Ibarra

If you want to transition into a new job field, really take action. Throw yourself into experiential learning opportunities: volunteer, enroll in a course, do freelance work, go on informational interviews, and join a local professional organization. You can’t be passive and wait for opportunities to create themselves.


On My NightstandHOW TO FIND A JOB ON LINKEDIN, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, MYSPACE, AND OTHER SOCIAL NETWORKS,
by Brad and Debra Schepp

LinkedIn is the best of the online networking tools because it maintains a strictly professional environment. The Schepps’ guide helps you optimize all of its features and really create a brand for yourself online. —A.M.