Below are a list of books I recommend with my personal review of them, and whenever possible, I include a link to an audio clip of an interview I've done with the author. Those interviews start as discussions about the book, but ALWAYS include additional job search tips that can help you in your search. Even if you don't plan on buying the books, I would encourage you to still make time to listen to these interviews.
A Taste for Work, Your Menu for Career Success by Teri Clancy, Joy Maguire-Dooley, and Sally Morrison. This book is a collaboration of 3 job search experts who walk you through the job search process from start to finish, with favorite family recipes in each chapter! They show you how to figure out what your ideal job would look like, all the way through your strategic approach to the first 90 days of your new job.
The methodology described in showing you how to select the right career for you is truly the best I've ever read. I interviewed Joy for this review, and our "quick recap" of the book turned into a 27 minute conversation with additional strategies to help you with your search. At the end, she shares a personal story that will give you chills, you don't want to miss it so be sure to listen through to the end (and get some great tips along the way).
Click here to listen to my 27 minute discussion with the Author, Joy Maguire-Dooley.
Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door, Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You by Harvey Mackay. Harvey Mackay is known mostly for his strategic books on how to be successful in business. However, in this book he takes his strategic approach to success and applies it to the job search. He is one of the ultimate success stories, and has done some incredible things on a huge scale. To give you an idea of the level this guy is on, check out the list of his friends who endorse the book: Larry King, Shaquille O'Neal, and Lou Holtz. He shows you how to present your product (you) well enough to land that big account (a job).
Harvey's books always have a motivational spin to them, and this is no different. He helps you understand the importance of attitude, and more importantly, he helps you put on the right one. Sales people deal with rejection regularly, and job seekers will get their share of it. He shows you not only how to handle it, but how to take advantage of it. My favorite aspect of this book is the importance Harvey puts on maintaining your network, offering solid strategies to help you do that. I had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Mackay on Job Talk about this book, please enjoy it.
Click here to listen to our 30 minute discussion with Author Harvey Mackay.
Knock'Em Dead, Secret & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World by Martin Yate, CPC. This is one of the most thorough job search resources available, top to bottom. Although there are several more recent editions of this book since 2011, this is still the most targeted and helpful book of the series. Martin reached out to a select group of career search experts, myself included, and asked 80 questions about our opinions on job search strategies. So this isn't just his sole opinion as an author about job search, he's taking opinions and advice from people in every vantage point of job search. I feel that was an especially smart approach, and gave this particular version of the Knock'em Dead series an edge over all the others.
When we had Martin on Job Talk we discussed the book, but also some specific Resume Writing ideas, Cover Letters, and dealing with Age Discrimination.
Click here to listen to our 26 minute discussion with the Author, Martin Yate.
Job-Hunting Online, A Companion to What Color Is Your Parachute? by Mark Emery Bolles & Richard Nelson Bolles. Have you seen our Online Resources page? Picture that page, multiplied by 188! (the number of pages in the book) Some of the resources I list on that page were originally brought to my attention through this book. The key difference is that they offer a great deal of explanation of each site, why they like the site, and what you can expect from the site. In addition to the links and explanations, they have pages of their own thoughts and advice on each topic throughout the many chapters in the book. It's nice because you can view this book both as a business book you can look to it for advice, as well as for reference material. This is a good one to have in your library.
Richard Nelson Bolles, Author of "What Color Is Your Parachute?" co-wrote this book with his son, Mark Emery Bolles. You can listen to our interview with Mark here:
Click here to listen to our 23 minute discussion with the Author, Mark Emery Bolles.
What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Nelson Bolles. The Parachute series has been a staple of business strategy and career change for many, many years. We were very proud to call Richard Bolles of friend of Job Talk. Published in 22 languages and 26 countries, and with over 10 million copies sold, What Color is Your Parachute? has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests and land a job--even in hard times.
This 2014 edition of “[one of] the 100 best and most influential [nonfiction books] written in English since 1923,” according to TIME.com, is refreshed with up-to-the-minute statistics, job-field analyses, and advice on social media and search tactics (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Yelp, and YouTube). However, Parachute’s core message remains intact: WHAT, WHERE, and HOW.
Click here to listen to our 28 minute discussion with the Author, Richard Nelson Bolles.
Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life by Rick Pitino. This book has nothing to do with Job Search, and EVERYTHING to do with Job Search! This is truly one of my all-time favorite books, so even though I don't have an interview with Rick to share with you, I had to include it on my list. Rick is a very successful basketball coach, and I'm not even a basketball fan, but this book still resonates with me.
The idea that he very powerfully conveys is that success truly is a choice; it's not a lucky break, it's not a fortunate set of circumstances, it's a choice. You choose to show up to that interview on time. You choose to study interviewing techniques. You choose to learn how to find hidden jobs and buy books on job search to help you land a job faster. These are all choices you can make, and they are choices that will impact the current state of your life. If you choose not to learn strategies to find a job faster, if you choose not to track your job search with tools like StartWire, if you choose not to look through the videos on this website, and then you find yourself still unemployed...is that just bad luck? Or is it a result of your choices? For me, I found this book to be incredibly motivating and inspired me to take action on many things that I may not have finished as quickly, like SpeedUpMyJobSearch.com for example.
This book is filled with lots of great real life examples of success, and triumphs over incredibly unthinkable lows. Personally, I think this is a must read, and I read this book at least once per year, every year; it's that good.
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