September 1st, 2010
During your job search, it can be relaxing to take a break and check out the latest New York Times bestseller (or whatever else you read for fun). However, there are a number of job guides that can be highly informative as well. While they might not be made into a movie anytime soon, they could help you land your new career and become your new favorite.
- Don’t Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job by Jeffrey Fox As you can judge from the title, this book offers some alternative ideas to job-hunting. While you might not end up following all of his advice, his perspective is a refreshing change of pace from some time-worn traditions.
- What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard Bolles The title’s a mouthful, but after more than twenty-five years of revisions, Bolles has earned the right to elaborate a little bit. What Color Is Your Parachute? has gotten rave reviews from sources like Time, Fortune, New York Post, and more, and is applicable to all ages and all industries.
- Job-Hunting Online by Mark Bolles and Richard Bolles Richard Bolles has also penned a companion to Parachute, specifically aimed at the latest technological wave to hit job-hunting. His son Mark Bolles provides another perspective. Since most people begin their job search on the internet, this is an invaluable guide to its pros and cons.
- It’s Only Too Late If You Don’t Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life at Any Age by Barbara Sher Aimed more toward job hunters in their middle ages, this book can be informative for anybody with an open mind and an eye toward the future. Sher offers on the ways you can improve your life with new experiences, even after passing your “prime”.