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Turn Over a New Leaf… at Work

Does the New Year leave you with the urge to reinvent your work-self?

These books, films and websites can help you get started:


Make Your Job Work For You…

The End of Work as You Know It: 8 Strategies to Redefine Work on Your Own Terms
by Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell

In today’s often-challenging job market, many of us want to feel more engaged with our current jobs rather than try to find the “perfect” position. Veteran leadership consultants, the authors share eight thought-provoking strategies to help you create “the end of work as you know it” – their phrase for the ideal state of harmony among what you do for a living, why you do it, and the results you achieve.


 Tweak Your Image…

The Power of Reputation: Strengthen the Asset that will Make or Break your Career
by Chris Komisarjevsky

To accomplish your goals whatever they are, people must believe in you. In any business or field, success is built on a foundation of character, communication, and trust…the building blocks of reputation.



Figure Out What Makes You Valuable…

What You’re Really Meant To Do: A Roadmap for Reaching your Unique Potential
by Robert Steven Kaplan

Kaplan describes a specific and actionable roadmap for helping readers define their own success.  This effort requires several key steps in an integrated process, as well as a high level of motivation and hard work.



Use School…

10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College, Revised: The Skills You Need to Succeed
by Bill Coplin

This book will show you what you need to focus on to get ahead at work.  This guide teaches students how to acquire marketable job skills and real-world know-how before they graduate.



Get Inspired…

A Beautiful Mind
DVD [2001]

How’s this for reinventing a career when confronted with a devastating challenge? Inspire yourself with the cinematic story of John Nash, a mathematical genius, who made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over his schizophrenia, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.


And if You Can’t Make it Better…

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
by Richard Nelson Bolles

This book explains how to identify personal goals and interests and reveals how to apply that information toward obtaining satisfying employment, with tips on interviews, salary-negotiation techniques, and career searching online.



Online resources: 

Need personal help finding career information?

  • Contact our College & Career Librarian at 703-228-5988 or
  • Arlington’s Employment Center is also available for job search assistance, resume assistance, aptitude tests & training referrals, and workshops & seminars.


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