As a job seeker, you know it’s a full-time job just to find a job. Dozens of applications, plenty of resume tweaks, and hopefully networking events and interview opportunities. Hours spent looking at postings and sending emails and hoping you’re making the right decisions. How do you know you’re on the path to the right position? Check out tried-and-true resources and commit yourself to this “full-time job” by reading these three top picks that can help you land a role.
1. What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles
To get a wide breadth of knowledge when it comes to hiring rather than deep dives on specific topics, you want this Bolles work. From creating a resume all the way to final negotiation, the author has you covered. This book also helps you reframe your mindset. It serves as a reminder that the best applicant does not always get the job. You need to be an expert on getting hired.
2. The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, by Steve Dalton
As job-search techniques evolve due to changing practices and trends in tech, it’s essential to adapt as you look for the right position. This book is a great resource for candidates looking to improve their job-search strategy and even their productivity and organizational skills. Not only does this work bridge the gap between a great job search and a great worker, but it also helps explain the best ways to manage this transition.
3. How to Win Friends & Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
A classic, this book takes a look at how you can effectively network and sell yourself. Winning people over isn’t about manipulation, it’s about appealing to others in way that benefits you both. This book is a must-read for job seekers because it discusses how to have effective conversations with peers and potential employers.