Resources to complement Hit the Job Running

Creativity / Critical Thinking / Problem Solving

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Mindtools Many tools and resources to help any professional. A plethora of information.

The Critical Thinking Community Events, tools and resources for all levels of thinkers

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Books / Articles
Damned Lies and Statistics by Joel Best
Read the truth behind many “Urban Myths”

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Provides questions and anecdotes to make you think and see issues from a different perspective

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
Simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused and mindfully involved

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
This book challenges the rational model of judgment and decision making. Author is Nobel Prize recipient in Economic Sciences


Business Acumen

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Solution Matrix Tools and resources for building a business case including: Cost Benefit Analysis, Financial Justification, ROI, and Total Cost of Ownership

Books / Articles

What the CEO Wants You to Know: How Your Company Really Works by Ram Charan
Provides the five building blocks of any business model and the relationship between cash, margin, velocity, growth and customers from the perspective of a small shopkeeper that apply to businesses of all sizes

Accounting: The Language of Business by Sydney Davidson
A great reference dictionary of commonly used accounting and financial terms

Communications and Relationship Building

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Guide to Grammar & Writing An interactive learning tool created by Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut on various aspects of grammar. Includes quizzes to assess and improve your skills

Vocational Information Center
  A very comprehensive index of websites focused on all communication forms

Online Writing Lab at Purdue University   Grammar, spelling & punctuation exercises created by Purdue University's On-line Writing Center Section specifically for job search writing

Free Online Dictionary
  English, Medical, Legal, Financial, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and Search Engine

Implicit Association Test  This web site demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences associated with Communications using a quick and easy method called the Implicit Association Test
Books / Articles
Hit the Job Writing by Joe Judge
This book is packed with practical, easy to understand guidance for writing in the workplace.  It is written in a style that young adults will appreciate and has plenty of exercises and opportunity to practice to become a better writer.

Personal Financial Management

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Annual Credit Report  Request a free credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion
Source of interest rate data, retirement and loan payment calculators

National Association of Investment Clubs
  Site provides basic education, articles, and tools to help you become a better investor

Risk Tolerance Quiz
  Investment risk measures the chance of losing some or all of your money. Measure your financial risk tolerance by taking this free quiz
Books / Articles
The Wealthy Barber, Updated 3rd Edition: Everyone's Commonsense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent by David Chilton
A good, simple introduction to financial planning and investing with a long-term perspective on building wealth

Understanding Wall Street
by Jeffrey B. Little
A great introductory book to understanding the basics about stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Easy to read and very understandable

Assignment and Project Planning

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Project Connections  This site is a great source for helpful templates, checklists, and articles on project planning.

PROJECT Magazine
  Free on-line magazine dedicated to practical project management.
Books / Articles
Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh
Easy to use guide on basic methods for defining, planning, and tracking a project.  Also, techniques for leading and building strong project teams.

Work / Life Balance

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Mayo Clinic  The Mayo Clinic's medical experts and editorial professionals bring you access to the knowledge and experience of Mayo Clinic.  Information includes cancer, diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, exercise and pregnancy.

Harvard Medical Center
  Current research about your risk of developing five of the most important diseases in the United States and get personalized tips for preventing them.
Books / Articles
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
A classic bestseller, this book presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centered approach for achieving balance and effectiveness in your personal and professional life
Other Helpful Stuff
Online Resources An interactive website with many quizzes, videos and tutorials to help college students develop essential skills for college, career and citizenship.  Created by Prof. Bill Coplin and a team of students at Syracuse University.


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