Resources for Career Counselors and Coaches

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Websites on Private Practice Career Counseling

These are just a few websites where you can find information relevant to private practice.

Career Blogs and Newsletters

Just a few — for a comprehensive list of the top career blogs, go to:

Career Thoughtleaders
Wendy Enelow and Louise Kursmark curate an information-packed career newsletter.

Career Enlightenment
Joshua Waldman is the author of Job Searching With Social Media for Dummies and has an informative blog.

Washington Post's @Work
Karla Miller's column on addressing tricky problems at work is usually spot-on.

Favorite Career Counseling Books

There are so many career books out there — but these are the ones I recommend again and again.

General Inspiration

Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
David Whyte
A wonderful, inspiring book about the vital importance of finding work we love.
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
Gregg Levoy
This book examines what we are called to do, and why it can be so hard to hear and heed the call.

Job Search

The Five O'Clock Club Series
Kate Wendleton
This whole series is terrific. I especially love the resume book.
Packaging Yourself: The Targeted Resume
Shortcut Your Job Search: The Best Ways to Get Meetings
Targeting a Great Career
Mastering the Job Interview and Winning the Money Game
Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies
Joshua Waldman
Social media has changed the ways employers look for candidates, and this book will help you and your clients figure out how to be where the employers are looking.

Salary Negotiation

Coaching Career Clients on Salary and Other Workplace Negotiations
Karen Chopra
I wrote this book because there is no step-by-step guide for how to quickly turn our career clients into master negotiators. Click here to order

Brain Science

As an Integrative Career Counselor, I spend a lot of time helping clients understand and manage their brains. These books are great resources for learning about brain science and it's implications for the job search and the workplace.

Social Intelligence
Daniel Goleman
A great primer on how our brains communicate, even when we aren't aware of what they are saying! One of the most accessible explanations for clients and counselors for how the brain works.
Emotional Intelligence at Work
Daniel Goleman
For clients who are baffled by the intricate dances at work, this book provides an overview of what constitutes emotional intelligence.
How We Decide
Jonah Lehrer
If you have clients who can't make up their minds, this book will give you insight into the decision-making process.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and In Business
Charles Duhigg
This book will help you harness what we know about the power of habit to work with clients in the thrall of their habits.

Boundaries in the Workplace

Your Boss is Not Your Mother
Debra Mandel
I love the title, and I love the way Debra illuminates how unconscious patterns from childhood can trip us up in the office.
Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin
Anne Katherine
A basic primer on boundaries. Short and easy to read.
Better Boundaries: Owning and Treasuring Your Life
Jan Black and Greg Enns
A more advanced, step-by-step guide to understanding and defending boundaries.


Career clients have a lot of emotions wrapped around their career decision-making. These books address two of the big ones: fear and anger.

Embracing Fear
Thom Rutledge
A wonderful book about moving forward despite our fears.
The Dance of Anger
Harrier Lerner
A classic description of anger and its role in our lives.

Online and Social Media Tools

I crowd-sourced a list of job search tools at a recent Career Thoughtleaders Conference.

Business Professionals I Recommend

  • Paula Brand, MS, GCDF, CPRW, JCTC
    Brand Career Management
    (443) 254-8173

    In today's world of work, it is important to be on LinkedIn and know how to use it effectively. As a career professional, even if you do not want to be an expert on this topic, you must have some familiarity with it to help your clients. I can help you feel more comfortable with this technology. In a few of hours, I can walk you through the site, give you advice on what you need to know to work with your clients and advise you on setting up your own profile and getting the most out of LinkedIn.

    I am a passionate Career Strategist with over 20 years of experience in workforce development, education, human resources and career counseling. I truly enjoy teaching people how to make the best use of LinkedIn and I have made multiple presentations on LinkedIn at conferences including the Maryland Career Development Association Annual Conferences (2010, 2011), the National Career Development Association (2012) and Raising the Bar (2010).

    My education includes certifications as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and as a Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC). I also hold a Masters in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore and a Political Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Active in many professional associations, I hold a leadership role as President of the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA).

    For more information, please contact me at the above phone/e-mail or visit my website at

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