5 Books To Read For Getting A Job

Friday, June 8, 2012, AM | Leave Comment

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that unemployment will decrease to 8% in 2012 but will not drop to the more normal 5.3% until perhaps 2016. Multibillion-dollar companies and small privately owned businesses alike have been handing out pink slips. Everyone’s job is at stake.

So you need all the help you can get to master your interview skills and get the job you want.

  1. 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed
    Getting great GPA is one good thing but there are other skills you need and the employer wants you to learn and master.

    The 10 skills that Coplin speaks of and you should concentrate on are:

    1. Work Ethic
    2. Physical Performance
    3. Speaking
    4. Writing
    5. Teamwork
    6. Influencing People
    7. Research
    8. Number Crunching
    9. Critical Thinking
    10. Problem Solving
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  3. Resume 101: A Student and Recent-Grad Guide to Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters that Land Jobs
    As the name suggests, this book is primarily written for students and recent graduates.

    The author suggests to be creative, imaginative and, more than anything else, be truthful.

    Search for just the right words to describe your skills, knowledge, your traits.

    Because you are a recent graduate, mention your education first and then your experience.

    Describe some of your activities that are interesting and will catch the potential employer’s eyes.

    Done properly, preparing your resume can actually encourage you to express your strengths as well as to identify your weaknesses.

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  5. Crazy Good Interviewing: How Acting A Little Crazy Can Get You The Job
    Whether you are preparing for your first job interview or looking for a job to advance in your career, knowing how to interview – using the strategies, behaviors and skills covered in the book – will help you get the job.

    Reading the book, you will learn that the interview is a two-way process. You try hard getting the employer to like you while forgetting if you like the potential employer.

    In essence, what John Molidor is telling us how acting a little crazy and thinking outside of the box can get you the job you want.

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  7. Sharpen Your Heels: Mrs. Moneypenny’s Career Advice for Women
    Both men and women need to read this book. However, the author says women are different.

    Even if you plan never to have children, employers look at you that sooner or later you would have children and would take time off work.

    If you are ambitious and want to try for highly successful and progressive career, first you need to make sure you have the most basic requirement of all – some appropriate qualifications.

    The author says formal qualifications give you confidence, an independent testimony to your capability, and important links to others.

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  9. Taking People With You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen
    The basic premise of the book is that we all need people to help us along the way. You can only go so far by going it alone.

    Whether you want to advance in your career, or start a business, you are going to need people to help you get there.

    This book is not only about leadership principles, but it also is an action plan.

    It offers a very specific process to help you maximize your potential as a leader and will show you how to use your leadership skills to achieve your goals.

In a Nutshell
All the five books are great to read to get the job you want. The fifth book describes skills that can be used any time whether you are looking for your first job or try to advance in your career.

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