Iowa State University Alumni Association

Career Resources & Reading List

Online job search engines

Simply Hired 
Manpower Professional Positions 
Cedar Rapids Technology Corridor 
Iowa Careers Consortium, Des Moines

Other Resources

Iowa State University Career Fairs  
Iowa Workforce Development  
Wet Feet 
ISUAA LinkedIn   
Work in Ames

The Reading List

If you are interested in a variety of professional development topics, here are some book suggestions you might find valuable. Start a mini book club by asking friends or colleagues to join you in selecting a book to read and discuss together! Please note this list is just a sample of the many wonderful professional development books available.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
This book includes an online assessment to help you discover your top five talents with tips and strategies on how to capitalize on those strengths.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
This book delivers a step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence to exceed your goals and achieve your fullest potential.

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
This quick read helps you discover how to deal with change so you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
This book explains how you can reprogram your brain to become more positive in order to gain a competitive advantage at work.

It’s Not Just Who You Know by Tommy Spaulding
This book shows that by developing deeper relationships through giving to others and putting them first, you benefit as well.

Drive by Daniel H. Pink
This book looks at what motivates you and how you can use that knowledge to work smarter and live better.

QBQ! by John Miller
QBQ stands for the Question Behind the Question. This book will help you eliminate blame, complaining, and procrastination.

The Dip by Seth Godin
This quick read teaches you when to identify and escape dead-end situations quickly while staying focused and motivated when it really counts.


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