This month’s  Career Collective Bloggers are writing about their favorite career resources.  Scroll down to see what others have written on this topic.

My clients primarily live with chronic illness.  For the most part, the challenges they face fall into the same “categories” that healthy people face.  The story and degree of difficulties might shift.  Over the years, I’ve developed some favorite places “go t” places when I’m working with clients  around career transition or career development.

  1. Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes Strategies for coping with the difficult, painful, and confusing times in your life,  By William Bridges  – the 25th anniversary edition is out and that tells you how strong this book is. This is often the place I start when working with someone who is going through any kind of difficult shift or loss in their life, not just career.  Clients with illness find that this speaks to them on so many levels and that’s a great starting place to accepting and embracing what has to be done.  Bridges explores what makes change so difficult and offers concrete suggestions.   He has written subsequent books that are also quite good, including Making the Most of Transitions,with Susan Bridges.
  2. New Job, New You: A guide to reinventing yourself in a right new career, Alexandra Levit.  This is timely because it speaks to where our society is right now regarding career dreams and the marketplace.  It offers examples and specifics but primarily serves as a motivator that this can be done.  Many of the folks with whom I work have to reinvent themselves (I did!) because their symptoms prevent them from being successful in their jobs.
  3. The Right Job, Right Now, the complete toolkit for finding your perfect career, Susan D. Strayer.   It sounds too perfect and it is but there are some solid assessment tools that I use with clients.  This is helpful for the “do-it-yourselfer” who wants to figure it out.
  4. I’d Rather Be Working, A Step by Step guide to Financial Self Support for People with Chronic illness, by Gayle Backstrom. Although it’s written in 2002, a lot of the information is still very relevant.
  5. Keep Working With Chronic Illness  Workbook, by Rosalind Joffe.  I’ve included this resource because healthy people have told me that they find it useful, too.  I developed this, though, because I couldn’t find a career tool that reflected the challenges and needs of people living with disabling symptoms. Among other things, it includes tools for identifying how symptoms impact your needs and  jobs skills as well as career assessments and job search tools.
  6. Resume Writers: I didn’t know that this is a profession, separate from career professionals until recently (twitter actually).  I’d always written my own resume and didn’t realize there were options that would make it more effective.  But more than ever, this is an absolute must.  With the increasing need for the right search terms in a resume, the of qualified people trying to get the same job, a resume is a critical tool to opening doors.   Anyone with  an unusual background, such as career change, job gaps, degree/experience mismatch particularly needs to frame this strategically.  A good resume writer should be able to do this.  Oh – and if you’re wondering where to find the right match for you, we’ve got some great bloggers on this list who can help you.

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    15 Responses to “6 Ideas To Put In Your Toolbox”  

    1. 1 Gayle Howard, Master Resume Writer

      I’m so pleased to see No. 6 there! :)
      As a professional resume writer, the difference between DIY resumes and the professional, branded version is phenomenal. Not only does it help job seekers look good on paper, but it fills them with confidence as they see a compelling business case for their skills and services right there on paper in front of them. Confidence is half the journey! Thanks for educating your readers! Jobseekers can look at and to find out about resume writers and the various level of certifications and credentials.

    2. 2 Career Sherpa


      I am always looking for resources to help people understand how they can transition to something different. I am so glad to see you’ve listed 3 in your post. Perhaps I should have known about these, but I am so glad you referenced them here! I know I’ll be referring people to your site again and again!

    3. 3 Jacqui Poindexter, Executive Resume Writer

      I love your blog posts because they are always so word-rich while also being easy to read.

      In particular, resource #1 is a thoughtful and important book that provides a great landing place for someone experiencing the confusion and emotion attached to difficult, painful, confusing change. As you indicate, it’s a “great starting place to accepting and embracing what has to be done.” Without that ability to embrace the action steps, the other steps toward reinvention or assessment other options, etc. — even hiring to have a professional resume prepared (thank you for the hat tip to us pro resume writers!), won’t be as effective!

      Moreover, your Keep Working With Chronic Illness Workbook sounds like a great tool for both the chronically ill and the healthy!

      Thanks for another great contribution to the Career Collective!


    4. 4 Rosalind

      Thanks, Gayle. I meant it about resume writers, too!

    5. 5 Rosalind

      Thanks. I hope you do!

    6. 6 Rosalind

      I”m delighted to be part of this group. It gives me ideas all the time and is a fantastic resource. It’s a prime example of what our networked world offers us!

    7. 7 Resume Resources

      This is still a great resource, but I thought it would be worth mentioning that some of the links don’t work. May be worth while to update the post. Cheers, Jen

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