When you're in job seeking mode, it's natural to want to focus full time on applying for jobs and completing activities that can better your chances of full time employment.
However, being on a job search affords you a rare opportunity to step back, breathe, and contemplate your next career move.
There are some very good books out there for people to read during a job search. Some can help shape your philosophies about work. Others can offer some very practical tips, while others can help you raise questions that you had never thought about before.
All in all, reading during your job search is a positive activity that can help break up the monotony of applying for jobs. That's why we've compiled this list of career books to read during your job search.
By: Steve Dalton
The 2-Hour Job Search shows job seekers how to work smarter (and faster) to secure first interviews. Through a prescriptive approach, Dalton explains how to wade through the Internet's sea of information and create a job-search system that relies on mainstream technology such as Excel, Google, LinkedIn and alumni databases to create a list of target employers, contact them, and then secure an interview-with only two hours of effort. Avoiding vague tips like "leverage your contacts", Dalton tells job hunters exactly what to do and how to do it. This empowering book focuses on the critical middle phase of the job search and helps readers bring organization to what is all too often an ineffectual and frustrating process.
By: Orville Pierson
Orville Pierson has helped thousands of job hunters during his career, taking note of the characteristics that have led to success as well as failure. In The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search, he supplies key information on how professional job search consultants structure the job search project so you can apply the same winning strategies to your own search. You'll also be privy to inside information on how decision makers operate, enabling you to get the inside track on job openings before they are announced.
By: Simon Sinek
This book was written for anyone who wants to inspire others, and anyone who wants to find someone to inspire them. It's a great read derived from one of the most viewed TED talks of all time.
If you're not going to read the book, take 10 minutes to watch Sinek's TED talk so you can reshape your job search approach.
By: Viktor Frankl
Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory, known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning"), holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.
By: Daniel H. Pink
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money-the carrot-and-stick approach. In this provocative and persuasive book, Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home-is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
By: Gary Vaynerchuk
Do you have a hobby you wish you could do all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take those passions and make a living doing what you love. In CRUSH IT! Why NOW Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. Gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. Then one day he turned on a video camera, and by using the secrets revealed in this book, transformed his entire life and earning potential by building his personal brand. By the end of this book, any reader will have learned how to harness the power of the Internet to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Step by step, CRUSH IT! is the ultimate drivers manual for modern business.
By: Paul Smith
Storytelling has come of age in the business world. Today, many of the most successful companies use storytelling as a leadership tool. Whether you are trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or land a great job, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between mediocre results and phenomenal success. "Lead with a Story" contains both ready-to-use stories and how-to guidance for readers looking to craft their own.