These are books, in no particular order, that I have found to be helpful – even essential – for job-hunters. Chances are you can’t afford to buy too many books if you’re unemployed – so these are a few worth squeezing into your budget. Or, better yet, check out your library. Most states have an inter-library loan system and you can probably borrow most, if not all, of these books (just watch out for those late fees!!)
(Disclaimer – I am in not way affiliated with these books or their authors, nor am I compensated for reviewing them)
Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer, Susan Britton Whitcomb
Do not attempt to write a resume on your own. I don’t care if you were an English major, a Human Resources manager, or President of the United States. You will undersell yourself, include useless information, and leave out crucial facts. Resume writing is not easy and it is not second-nature. At the very least, use a book, and this one is a great place to start. I would also strongly encourage assistance from your local one-stop career center.
Cover Letter Magic: Trade Secrets of Professional Resume Writers, Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark
In today’s business world, cover letters are not optional. Even if you’re going for an entry-level position and a letter isn’t “required”, it will give you an advantage. But actually writing the letter is a difficult process. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel – you have enough to do looking for job leads and networking. These professionals know what they are doing and their techniques will help you create a cover letter that rises above the competition.
The Powerful Formula for Linkedin Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search, Wayne Breitbarth
Whether you have a profile on Linked-In or you’ve never heard of it, this is a book worth checking out. Linked-In is like Facebook for the business world. It’s your chance to advertise yourself to the world, network with colleagues and acquaintances, and connect with employers. Don’t sell yourself short by avoiding this powerful tool.
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, Richard N. Bolles
A classic in the job-hunting world, and for good reason. A new version is published every year, but the older versions are just as good as the newest. Recently named one of Time magazine’s top 100 nonfiction books, it’s engaging and easy to read, and it’ll leave you feeling empowered about your future.
From Jail to a Job, Eric Mayo
Okay – before you skip over this one (for those of you who have never been incarcerated) – consider investing in this book. For my dollar, this is hands-down the best, most practical job search guide out there – and it’s not even available on amazon.com!
How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days Or Less, Joe Carroll
4.9 stars on amazon.com, the author, Mr. Carroll, is one of the best in the business. His techniques and guidance will help you organize your thoughts and emotions, clarify your life’s purpose and direction, and set you on the road to success.