Book List for Job Seekers

Next Job Best Job: a headhunter's 11 strategies to get hired now
by
Rob Barnett

This decade opened with a global health crisis, mass unemployment, political disruptions, federal budget deficits, and unprecedented economic uncertainty, with even the most optimistic predictions anticipating delayed economic recovery and uncertainty into the 2030s. The Covid-19 pandemic has both decimated the job market and permanently changed the future of the workplace, with tens of millions of qualified, competent, and loyal employees fired, furloughed, job eliminated, or restructured. Getting a new job is more competitive than ever. Headhunter Rob Barnett has the answer. Next Job, Best Job goes beyond the tired, old job search methods and provides a blueprint to easily rewriting your entire work history and building a resume and LinkedIn profile that will sell you better than ever. Barnett shares the secrets of how to master the perfect, 30-minute job interview, and imparts priceless advice on how to negotiate the best offer and close like a pro. With a mix of straight talk, much-needed humor, and compassion, Next Job, Best Job offers concrete steps that job seekers can take to best position themselves in a transformed marketplace. With a steady dose of love and practical wisdom, Rob Barnett will inspire readers to stop whining, start winning, and find the job of their dreams.

Get Hired Now! how to accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity
by
Ian Siegel

Accelerate your job search, stand out, and land your next great opportunity. In Get Hired Now!, ZipRecruiter founder and CEO Ian Siegel tells you exactly how to find a new job fast. With an insider's view of how over a million employers really make hires, Ian pulls insights from the data to give you step-by-step instructions for writing a resume that works, finding the right jobs to apply to, acing a job interview, and negotiating a job offer. -Debunk the conventional wisdom -Break the unconscious habits that are sabotaging your success -Get hired in record time. Relevant for every stage of your career and for every industry, Get Hired Now! is a one-stop resource for job seekers looking to level up, stand out, and land the job.

Recalculating: navigate your career through the changing world of work
by
Lindsey Pollak

A leading workplace expert provides an inspirational, practical, and forward-looking career playbook for recent grads, career changers, and transitioning professionals looking to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.

Covid-19 has heightened career uncertainty in a work landscape dominated by turbulence and change, and it is directly impacting how people are entering—or re-entering—the workplace. But as Lindsey Pollak makes clear, the pandemic merely accelerated career and hiring trends that have been building. Changes that were once slowly spreading have been rapidly implemented across all industries. 

This means that the old job hunting and career success rules no longer apply. Job seekers of all generations and skill sets must learn how to thrive in this “new normal,” which will include a hybrid of remote and in-person experiences, increased reliance on virtual communication and automation, constant disruption, and renewed employer emphasis on workers’ health and well-being.

The Big Book of Job Hunting Hacks: how to build a résumé, conquer the interview, and land your dream job
by
Brenda Bernstein

In The Big Book of Job-Hunting Hacks, experienced job-hunting professionals offer detailed advice on every step of the job-hunting process. From how to navigate the interview process, to how to create the perfect resume, this book will help you stand out from your competitors. With a new introduction by John Henry Weiss, president of a recruitment firm, that contextualizes the current economic state as a result of COVID-19, this book offers hundreds of practical tips for those laid-off, fired, or new to enter the workplace.

LinkedIn Profile Optimization for Dummies
by
Donna Serdula

Optimize your LinkedIn profile, and get results Your LinkedIn profile is essentially a platform to shape how others see you, highlight your abilities, products, or services, and explain how your work impacts lives. Yet many people simply copy and paste their resume and expect job offers and networking opportunities to start rolling in, but that isn't how it works. LinkedIn Profile Optimization For Dummies shows you how to create a profile that enhances your personal brand, controls how others see you, and shapes a successful future for your career. Whether your goal is job search, branding, reputation management, or sales, people are Googling you, and your LinkedIn profile is more often than not their first point of contact. With a focus on who you are, the value you deliver, and the culture you cultivate, the profile you'll create with the help of this guide will make that first connection a positive one, giving you a better chance to see results. Create a powerful LinkedIn profile Discover your personal keywords Showcase your experience and accomplishments Be seen on the world's largest professional social network You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, and LinkedIn Profile Optimization For Dummies helps to ensure you're presenting yourself in the best possible light.

Modernize Your Resume: get noticed...get hired
by
Wendy Enelow

Based on today's real-world job search trends, Modernize Your Resume shows you how to craft a winning resume to meet the complexities of today's highly competitive and technologically driven employment market. The 2nd edition has been updated with new resume samples, new designs, and new ATS and e-resume guidelines, along with new chapters for jobseekers with special circumstances-career change, military transition, and return to work. Clear guidelines and easy-to-follow examples give you practical know-how for building your own powerful resume that will serve all of your job search needs. You'll learn what works, why it works, and how you can make it work for you.

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021
by
Richard Nelson Bolles

With timeless advice, up-to-the-minute insights, and more than ten million copies sold over fifty years, the world’s most popular and best-selling career guide is fully revised and expanded for 2021.

In today’s challenging job-market, as recent grads face a shifting economic landscape and seek work that pays and inspires, as workers are laid off mid-career, and as people search for an inspiring work-life change, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. This completely updated edition features the latest resources, strategies, and perspectives on today’s job market, revealing surprising advice on what works—and what doesn’t—so you can focus your efforts on tactics that yield results. 
 
This practical manual has been fully revised for 2021 by Vanderbilt University Career Center Director Katharine Brooks, EdD, with modern advice on the job hunt strategies that are working today, such as building an online resume, making the most of social media tools to network effectively, interviewing virtually with confidence, and negotiating the best salary possible. 
 
At its core is Richard N. Bolles’s famed Flower Exercise, a unique self-inventory that helps you design your career—and your life—around your key passions, transferable skills, traits, and more.

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.