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Local Education Programs
Surry Community College - Surry Community College offers an array of job specific training programs as well as traditional Associates Degrees, career coaching, and small business development. Link to Surry Community College here.
Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center - Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides online resources to help you choose a career, plan for the necessary education, and launch into the selected job path. Link to Ferguson's Career Guidance here.
Books about Career Advancement
Career Bounce-Back by
Call Number: 650.14 BIR
Publication Date: 2003-04-28
Enabling individuals to weather the trauma of unemployment, this guide offers real-world advice from a victim and survivor of downsizing and restructuring. Unemployed professionals learn practical steps for managing the grief that follows job loss and methods for guiding and protecting their families through the challenges of unemployment. Solid, effective strategies for recovery and reemployment are featured along with motivational examples of fellow professionals who have successfully re-entered the job market. Covered are issues such as gracefully parting ways with a former employer, coping with feelings of powerlessness and fear, maintaining and rebuilding networks, finding the hidden job market through informational interviewing, and effectively marketing oneself to perspective employees.
Military-to-Civilian Career Transition Guide by
Call Number: 650.14 FAR
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
Janet Farley offers solid advice for comparing job offers and choosing the one that is best for the service member and his or her family. Helps service members evaluate their options and thrive in their new jobs. Worksheets help point readers in the right direction. After they land that job, readers can use this book's advice to help them adjust to the civilian world of work.
The Hard Truth about Soft Skills by
Call Number: 650.1 KLA
Publication Date: 2008-01-22
What's the hard truth? Soft skills get little respect but will make or break your career. Master your soft skills and really get ahead at work! Fortune 500 coach Peggy Klaus encounters individuals every day who excel at their jobs but aren't getting where they want to go. It's rarely a shortfall in technical expertise that limits their careers, but rather a shortcoming in their social, communication, and self-management behaviors. In The Hard Truth About Soft Skills Klaus delivers practical tools and techniques for mastering soft skills across the career spectrum. She shows how to: manage your workload handle the critics develop and promote your personal brand navigate office politics lead the troops and much more! Klaus reveals why soft skills are often ignored, while bringing their importance to life in her trademark style--straightforward, humorous, and motivating. Perfect for readers at all professional stages--from those who are just starting out to seasoned executives--this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to take his or her career to the next level.