Managing careers in today’s work world (HR Manager's bookshelf)

Advice on how to get ahead, as well as some negative realities about the business climate you have to work in. Cynical? You decide.
By Ray Brillinger
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/21/2002

Human resource professionals often have a dual interest in books on career planning and development. First, these books can be helpful in our work as we coach and assist employees to pursue their career goals and develop their capabilities. Second, they may serve as a catalyst for us to review and renew our own career directions.

Career advice and resources are featured in several new books. It’s Your Move is a comprehensive guide to career transition and job search for Canadian managers, professionals and executives. Be Hunted! gives an in-depth look at how to work with recruitment professionals, a.k.a. headhunters. Be Your Own Mentor shares “strategies from top women on the secrets of success.” And individuals and companies will find extensive information and resources in The Canadian Guide to Working and Living Overseas.

The other three titles reviewed here were not written specifically for career planning purposes, but are of interest to anyone thinking about today’s work environment, its problems and how to improve it. White-Collar Sweatshop presents a chilling view of today’s corporate cultures, The Living Workplace calls for physical, emotional and spiritual well-being at work and The Forward-Focused Organization deals with change management and the creation of a new culture geared to the future.