Business Insider, November 21, 2017 —
Whether you’re getting ready to start a new job search or looking for ways to bring new energy to an ongoing one, a little extra knowledge can help a lot.
Consider boosting your job-search intelligence by picking up one of these good books for job seekers.
‘How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships’ by Leil Lowndes
Two things to consider when job hunting is how to relate to people you encounter and how to leave them with a good impression of you. “It’s all about knowing how to make your interviewer comfortable and selling yourself,” says Amethyst Wytiu co-founder of Next Step China.”
“How to Talk to Anyone” will “teach you how to make an impression and learn more about the art of verbal communication,” she says. “Of course, after you read this book, try to put it into practice. I’ve had fun in networking events, in several business functions and in interviews (to get a candidate comfortable) because of this book.”
‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’ by Susan Cain
“Quiet” is a great book for acknowledged introverts and anyone else who finds it hard to behave in the extroverted way society seems to reward.
“This is a powerful book for introverts who feel they can’t cope with the networking and self-promotion that comes with the job search. It’s helpful for them to look at their style with fresh eyes,” says career coach Daisy Swan.
‘The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — And How to Make the Most of Them Now’ by Meg Jay
Your twenties are a confusing time — especially career-wise — and that’s true whether you’re fresh out of college, deciding if you want to continue with higher education or bypassed school to take the plunge into the workforce. Reading “The Defining Decade” can help, says Swan.
“This is a valuable, and important read for people in their twenties. With great stories and advice, they may feel inspired to switch from fear to action.” Just because you’re inexperienced doesn’t mean you aren’t ready to explore — and apply for — exciting professional opportunities.
‘Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers’ by Lois P. Frankel
Women who are working their way up the career ladder and finding obstacles in their path may want to read “Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office.”
“For women climbing the corporate ladder, this book will encourage you to change the detrimental behaviors you don’t even KNOW you’re exhibiting that are shaping your career,” says career coach Rachel Koller. “Dr. Frankel changed the way I do business and I recommend this book to all the women in my life, in the corporate world or not.”
‘Indispensable By Monday: Learn the Profit-Producing Behaviors that will Help Your Company and Yourself’ by Larry Myler
“Indispensable by Monday” will help you understand your worth and develop a belief that you have the ability to contribute valuable skills to an employer. “This book shows how to calculate the revenue, or cost savings that an employee has generated for their employer,” explains ResuMAYDAY’s Lauren Milligan. “It’s great information to arm yourself with, when you are interviewing for a new job, or seeking a promotion. The best way to win a new job is to show your worth in dollars — and this book shows you how to do that.”