On Job Satisfaction: The Most Checked-Out Titles of 2015

ParachuteThe library’s most checked-out career-related books of 2015 were mainly focused on the specific nuts and bolts of getting a particular job, such as creating a stellar resume or cover letter, nailing a job interview, or passing a professional exam.

However, another important section of the library’s career collection focuses on the broader subject of job satisfaction. These books can be great resources for job hunters, job changers, and people with every intention of staying in their current job. After all, enjoying a job can be every bit as important as getting it in the first place.

As Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Most Popular Job Satisfaction Titles

In 2015, the library’s most popular job satisfaction titles were:

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2015 Book CoverWhat Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
This tops SJPL’s list of all of most checked-out career titles. First published in 1970, Richard Bolles has revised this job search classic every year to keep up with changing times. One of its perennially popular features is the Flower Exercise, a self-assessment tool designed to help you pinpoint what kind of work is most fulfilling for you.

Do What You Are Book cover Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You
Through the Secrets of Personality Type

by Paul T. Tieger and Barbara Barron
Another bestseller that has been consistently updated since its first publication in 1992. This book matches Myers-Briggs personality types with ideal occupations, and aims to identify the key ingredients you personally need to be happy and effective in any job.

48 Days to the Work You Love Book Cover
48 Days to the Work You Love
by Dan Miller
Author Dan Miller lays out a 48-day schedule for identifying and landing a job you love. This is career advice from a Christian perspective.

The PathfinderThe Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore
Lore believes in a holistic approach to career mapping, taking into account every aspect of a person’s talents, skills, passions, and personality. In other words, this book about how to bring your “whole self” to work.

You Majored in What?: You Majored in What?Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career
by Katherine Brooks
This book champions an unusual approach to job searching that author Katherine Brooks calls “Wise Wandering.”  She encourages her readers to embrace life’s unpredictability and chaos, rather than linear and inflexible five- or ten-year plans, in order to forge a career path that best utilizes their interests and builds their skills.

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