40 Books in 2016

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One goal I have for 2016 is to read 40 books. Reading helps you gain knowledge and understanding. Reading improves your writing skills and vocabulary. Reading provides entertainment and can be free if you get books from your local library. From what I read about successful people, they all read daily. Here is my list of 40 for 2016:

  1. The One Year Bible (NLT)
  2. Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor and Middle Class Do Not                       By Robert T. Kiyosaki with Sharon L. Lechter, C.P.A.
  3. Act Like a Lady, Think Like A Man By Steve Harvey
  4. Top Performance: How To Develop Excellence In Yourself And Other By Zig Ziglar
  5. Business Secrets Of The Trappist Monks: One CEO’s Quest For Meaning and Authenticity By August Turak
  6. Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior By Rorke Denver
  7. How I Play Golf By Tiger Woods
  8. The Art Of War By Sun Tzu
  9. The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism                                           By Doris Kearns Goodwin
  10. Business Adventures By John Brooks
  11. Tap Dancing To Work: Warren Buffett On Practically Everthing, 1966-2013 By Carol J. Loomis
  12. Eisenhower In War And Peace By Jean Edward Smith
  13. The Partisan Divide: Congress In Crisis By Martin Frost, Tom Davis, David Eisenhoer, and Richard E. Cohen
  14. Think And Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill
  15.  The Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin By Benjamin Franklin
  16. Awaken The Giant Within: Jow To Take Immediate Control Of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical And Financial Destiny! By Tony Robbins
  17. The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology Of Love, Traditional Values And Spiritual Growth By M. Scott Peck, M.D.
  18. Rags To Riches: Motivating Stories Of How Ordinary People Achieved Extraordinary Wealth                                                By Alan Lavine and Gail Liberman
  19. Masters Of Enterprise By H. W. Brands
  20. Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies For Reinventing Your Career By Herminia Ibarra
  21. Making A Living Without A Job: Winning Ways For CreatingWork That You Love By Barbara Winter
  22. Smart Networking: Attract A Following In Person And Online By Liz Lynch
  23. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable By Seth Godin
  24. The Feiner Points Of Leadership: The 50 Basic Laws That Will Make People Want To Perform Better For You                    By Michael Feiner
  25. Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty By Patrick Lencioni
  26. Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide – Third Edition By Marcia Bench
  27. Coaching Questions: A Coach’s Guide To Powerful Asking Skills By Tony Stolzfus
  28. Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice: A Complete Marketing Resource Guide For Coaches                             By Deborah Brown-Volkman
  29. The Children Of Hurin By J.R.R. Tolkien
  30. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change By Stephen R. Covey
  31. Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, And The Greatest Race The World Has Never Seen                                           By Christopher McDougall
  32. The Art Of Work: A Proven Path To Discovering What You Were Meant To Do By Jeff Goins
  33. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions In The Midst Of Endless Demands By Lysa TerKeurst
  34. How To Win Friends & Influence People By Dale Carnegie
  35. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets By J.K. Rowling
  36. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban By J.K. Rowling
  37. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire By J.K. Rowling
  38. Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix By J.K. Rowling
  39. Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince By J.K. Rowling
  40. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows By J.K. Rowling

Do You Need Help With Your Resume?

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image courtesy of Yaniv Yaakubovich @ flickr.com

Writing a resume can feel intimidating, and sometimes we put too much importance in our resume. Yes, you want to have a good resume that is creative and will help you stand out in the crowd of papers, but the purpose of the resume is to get an interview. A bad resume can be a hindrance to getting interviews and ultimately the job you want. Take the time to write a solid resume. Make it personal and find ways to make it stand out.

If you have never written a resume before I would recommend browsing at different examples. Keep yours one to two pages maximum. I feel you would use two pages only if you have had many jobs that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Be creative with your resume. Learn about the company you are applying with and its culture. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct and have someone (or several people) proofread it. Do not lie on your resume. Even an exaggeration can come back and haunt you. Remember to have fun writing your resume.

The opening lines below your contact information are critical to making you stand out among all the other resumes. You want this to be forward-looking about why you want the position and what you can do for the company. Talk about why you want to work for the company. Use a unique past experience that gave you skills that would help. Showcase your knowledge about the industry. This is the key component of a resume and most of the time the only part that gets read by a person before moving on to the next resume.

In the next section you want to state your education history. The education part shows what you learned and how it can help you in the position. If your education is older and not relevant, list it but focus on the other parts of your resume.

Your work history can be very helpful if the employer chooses your resume or reads beyond the opening. Start with your most recent job and list what you did to help that company, providing examples. Use hard figures to show how you helped the company. An example: “Worked to increase Region B sales from four to six million in two years.”. If you have had a lot of jobs, focus on those in which you have developed skills that would be relevant and helpful to what you want to do. Use key words and show specifics; don’t be a generalist. Work helps us develop skills. Think of how you can re-purpose developed skills for the career you want.

The skills section is a great place to list and show what you have learned and developed. List skills you have learned and your level of understanding. Explain how they could be used in the position you are applying for. Think creatively and find ways to show the skills you have learned as a way to show that you can learn new skills as needed.

The resume is part of the first step in finding the work you love and using what is your unique gift. Think outside the box about how you could present yourself to a company. I love this post about 25 creative resumes. Depending on the company you want to work for, you could present yourself differently than using the typical resume. Research the companies you want to work for and find a fun way to present to the hiring personnel.

The resume along with the cover letter are the first step in the job hunting process. Always submit a cover letter even if it’s not requested. You want the letters to be unique and creative, but they will not get you the job. You need to be a good interviewer, and be sure you know your resume when you interview.