Great Books For Job Seekers

Do you feel as if you are spinning your wheels in your attempts to find a job?  Perhaps all you need is a little inspiration.  These five books will give you some great ideas and will hopefully help you breathe some life back into your job search:

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes.  The ability to effectively relate to people can help you in all stages of your career.  It sets you apart from other candidates and it allows you to quickly move up in any organization.  Unfortunately, interpersonal skills don’t come naturally to everyone.  If you are a person who has to work a little harder at it, this book will help.  Lowndes provides techniques for making a good first impression, developing connections with people, and navigating your way through a networking event.  After you read this book, you will be in a good position to network your way to your dream job.

The 2 Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster by Steve Dalton.  This book is a practical guide that teaches you how to get a job quickly.  Dalton outlines the steps that you can take to create an effective job search system using Excel, Google, and LinkedIn to target and contact employers.

Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success by Douglas HaiderPersonal branding is an effective way to stand out from the crowd.  In this book, Haider provides tips and tricks to help you use social media to create your own personal brand.  This book is particularly useful for young people who are just starting their career.

I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What it Was by Barbara Smith and Barbara Sher.  It is difficult to reach your potential when you are lacking direction.  Having a clear career goal provides motivation and helps you to focus your energy.  In this book, Smith and Sher guide you in identifying your dream job and laying out your plan to attain it.

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need by Harvey MacKay.  Networking is an effective job search strategy, but few people do it well.  In this book, MacKay teaches you to be organized in your networking efforts and systematic in how you keep in touch with your contacts.  Additionally, MacKay provides techniques that will help you to approach networking in a way that is reciprocal and gets results.

Sometimes all you need to get on the right track is a fresh idea. After reading one of these books, you may find that you’ve been going about your job search all wrong.  Find a title that speaks to you, pick up a chai latte, and get ready for some inspiration.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)

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