Whether you’ve been laid off, furloughed, or just want a career change, finding a new job can be difficult. There are a million things you need to do, from perfecting your resume to crafting your cover letter. Here are five books that will help you in the process of hopefully landing your dream job.
Dress Me Slowly, I’m In A Hurry – Alex Aráez
– In a world full of instant gratification, our inability to remain focused and patient has made us rather inefficient at searching for new jobs. This book aims to guide you into how to get invited to job interviews, create a compelling CV, LinkedIn profile and cover letter using your own personal branding. Alex Aráez wants you to know that confidence is key, and to stop tip toeing around and to go into each application with as much attention to detail as possible.
The 2-Hour Job Search – Steve Dalton
How to work smarter and fast to secure first interviews. There is no controversy in saying that job applications take a lot of time. Many require a resume and a cover letter as a minimum, on top of that can be any type of assessment or task that may not even meet the eyes of the employer. Within this book, Dalton explains how to weave through the Internet’s sea of information and curate a job-search system that claims to land you an interview with only two hours of effort.
What Color Is Your Parachute? – Richard Nelson Bolles
One of the most respected job search books, What Color Is Your Parachute? is so popular, new editions have been revised and released annually since it’s second publication in 1975. Consider this book an instruction manual on how to get the job you want, that will never go out of date. One particular perk of this book is that it includes a self-reflective inventory activity that should help you discover your passions and marketable skills to add to your CV.
Designing your life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Using real-life stories and proven techniques like re-framing, prototyping and mind-mapping, Silicon Valley designers Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describe in detail just how the thought processes that go into designing, can also be used into designing your career into something that works for you. Ultimately, putting your passion at the top of the page, and crafting just how to make that passion a reality.
The Myth of the Nice Girl – Fran Hauser
Becoming a business women, or man, does not mean losing your empathy, kindness and morals. Fran Hauser has written a book that should be read by anyone. Whether you’re about to enter the working world, or are struggling with your identity within it, this book motivates you to stay authentic to yourself and to prove that nice does not equal to weak.