Sometimes the job search can make you feel like a needle in a haystack. There are so many people out there competing for the same positions you are, and it’s hard to know how to stand out. When you’re looking for direction and strategy, it’s often helpful to go to the experts to evaluate if you can use some of their pointers and adapt their advice for your own use. Here are the 10 best books and blogs/websites I’ve found to be most helpful for job seekers:
1. I Got My Dream Job and So Can You, by Pete Leibman
I was so impressed with his insight after I read it, that I emailed him immediately after finishing it to let him know how much I loved it. He replied to my email the next day, blowing me away even more! Great read with lots of useful advice.
2. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
This is the classic book on human relations skills. A must-read for everyone, everywhere, every career, because of it’s useful application of how to communicate better. There’s a reason why this is still a hot seller and still relevant over 50 years later!
3. 48 Days to the Work You Love, by Dan Miller
This view had a very unique twist on the job hunt – it looked at the whole person, and finding fulfillment in what you do, not just paying the bills (though that’s important too!) A very uplifting read, so if you’ve been struggling with pessimism, be sure to pick this one up!
4. Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies, by Josh Waldman
Great tips for using your current media outlets to connect and aide your job search. Because that’s where the employers are looking!
I couldn’t put this book down! Kate White, former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo Magazine, shares her career experiences and motivation for professional development. Though this book doesn’t stick exclusively to the job hunt process, it’s very motivational and will get you thinking about your career path, not just the next job offer.
Blogs & Websites:
1. Classy Career Girl – Anna Runyan shares great tips for developing a job search strategy. She has posts and webinars on resumes, cover letters, networking, etc. She also has some great interviews with writers and successful professionals that are worth checking into.
2. Levo League – Tons of articles with insightful advice about careers, skills, lifestyle, fashion, etc. Also, they have articles about successful professional women that motivate and inspire.
3. The Undercover Recruiter – Brought to us by our friends in the UK, the Undercover Recruiter has a great collection of articles about career management, the job search, interviewing, personal branding (my favorite), resume tips, and salary.
4. The Daily Muse – Ok, like everyone else on this list, they also have an outstanding ensemble of articles about anything you can dream of involving careers and the job search. I especially their new feature of Muse University, which allows you to pick a topic that you’re interested in learning more about, and take a “class” on it, and you will get a daily email for 5 consecutive days with a recommended article and homework assignment to help you learn that skill. Don’t worry, you’re not graded, it’s for your own personal development! Topics include Kick Start Your Job Search, Becoming a Networking Master, and Ace Any Job Interview.
5. Life After College – this blog talks about exactly what it suggests – life after college, and figuring out how to function in the real world, in regards to Life, Career, Money, Goals and Relationships. If you feel like you’re a fish out of water after your undergrad years, this blog will comfort you that you aren’t alone – and give you useful advice along the way!