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These days, many of you could use some good career advice. Whether you're
unemployed, just out of college, looking to increase your paycheck or in
need of résumé advice, the market is saturated with information. While we
do our best to give you the most accurate information, we also know that
there are other experts out there with some great advice.

Of course, we're big fans of the books we've written ourselves, "Cube
Monkeys: A Handbook for Surviving the Office Jungle," and "Career
Building: Your Total Handbook for Finding a Job and Making It Work," both
from the editors here at CareerBuilder. But, if you want to add more
literature to your professional library, here are five other books to
check out:

1. "Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2010," by Martin Yate,
CPC
Topic: Job search
Why it helps: "Knock 'Em Dead" covers all of the job-search basics and
then some, whether you're looking for your first job, you're returning to
the work force or you've just been laid off. The book is a series of
parts, from building and customizing your résumé to effective networking
tools and negotiating the best salary and benefits.
The best part: This latest edition to the series offers a new section,
"Where the Jobs Are," which shows you what industries are experiencing
the most growth.

2. "101 Toughest Interview Questions ... And Answers That Win the Job!"
by Daniel Porot and Frances Bolles Haynes
Topic: Interviewing
Why it helps: Interviewing is the most stressful part of the job search.
Thinking about what to ask, how to answer, what questions mean and what
hiring managers want to hear is enough to drive a person crazy. This book
is the secret to every interview you have from here on out. It features
the toughest and most commonly asked questions, featured in a flashcard-
like format, as well as several possible responses to each, which you can
tailor to your own experience.
The best part: It fits in your purse or bag, so you can freshen up on
questions before the interview.

3. "Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck: A Conversation About Income, Wealth, and
the Steps in Between," by Michael B. Rubin
Topic: Salary
Why it helps: With 61 percent of workers living paycheck to paycheck,
according to a CareerBuilder survey, it's about time for everyone to
learn a few monetary lessons. "Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck" is a
comprehensive book that will help anyone struggling to make ends meet. It
runs the gamut from simple saving strategies to taking advantage of your
benefits to retirement planning.
The best part: It's easy to read and funny, neither of which are commonly
used to describe afinance book.

4. "Am I the Only Sane One Working Here? 101 Solutions for Surviving
Office Insanity," by Albert J. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Topic: Workplace culture
Why it helps: One paragraph in the introduction sums up this book
perfectly: "Each day, you try your best to get some work done, but the
woman in the next cube is screeching at her kids on the phone, and the
guy behind you keeps popping his head up to tell you what he saw on TV
last night. Another staff meeting starts in 10 minutes. Meanwhile, you
have 736 unread e-mails in your inbox, 700 of which have nothing to do
with you. You stare blankly at your screen and wonder, 'Am I the only
sane one working here?'" This book offers 101 types of people and
situations you likely have or will encounter at work, and best way to
respond to each one.
The best part: Each scenario stands alone and offers clear, concise
explanations about what is going on and what you should think, do and say
to survive.

5. "Strategies for Successful Career Change," by Martha E. Mangelsdorf
Topic: Changing careers
Why it helps: Today's economy has an increasing number of workers
changing careers, whether they want to or not. In "Strategies,"
Mangelsdorf features dozens of in-depth interviews with real people who
have successfully changed careers. The book gives you helpful information
about finding a new career path, testing out a new job, pitfalls to avoid
and steps to take, and how to do it all financially.
The best part: The real-person interviews are inspiring and show you that
even though it's hard work, finding the right career can improve your
happiness.

				
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