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4 Books To Read That Will Aid In Your Job Search

April 3, 2015

Often times searching for a job can seem fairly straightforward. Go to any of the job search sites, type in a keyword for your related field, and hundreds of results are instantly kicked back from your search. But how did you know which keywords to search? What if your career path is many shades of grey rather than black and white? If you're in this grey area, then we suggest you consider picking up one or more of the following books to help guide you in your job search.

1. StrengthsFinder 2.0 - Tom Rath

StrengthsFinder is a brilliant read that helps you discover your areas of expertise. Rath breaks down strengths into 34 different descriptions. The basic principle from this book is your strengths say a great deal about who you are. This, of course, makes a lot of sense. You enjoy the things you are good at doing. The book will take you through a course to discover what your strengths are, what careers would be a good fit for you based on your strengths, why you think the way you do, and how to work with team members that have completely opposite strengths.

Shaughn, an expert from Kellogg’s, said this, “While many people focus on areas of improvement, [StrengthsFinder] focuses on one's strengths. It is by knowing one’s own strong points that you can begin to understand what roles are best suited for you personally as well as professionally.”

2. The Pathfinder - Nicholas Lore

If you’re looking for a framework to build your career path around, then this book is for you. Lore breaks this book up into 3 large parts, or movements that take the reader through a process of self discovery. If you want to discover what it is you love, how you would make a career out of it, and what a legacy looks like from your choices The Pathfinder is a perfect read.

Charisse, from Textron, had this to say in reference to The Pathfinder, “The job market is continuing to change and the variety of careers that are possible is ever expanding.  Sometimes when you can do just about anything, it's hard to decide on that one thing you want to do.  Especially if you focused on a few different areas in school.   This is the value of internships while still in school - getting a feel for what different fields and companies are like, but you can also do the same if you are just wrapping up or have just completed your degree.  When I started college, I actually changed jobs to work in the field I was studying and after a year decided it wasn't for me.  This allowed me to focus my studies on other areas and then also move into jobs that would better prepare me for my career goals.”

3. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything - Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is a brilliant author and speaker on education reform. In his book, The Element, Robinson weaves stories of entrepreneurs, artists, and corporate climbers into his call for everyone, everywhere to embrace their passion. If you’ve spent any time wrestling with how your passion fits into a career world this book will speak to your most intimate thoughts. If you’re on the fence about this book, take 17 minutes and watch one of Ken’sTED Talks, they’re worth every second of your time.

4. Getting From College To Career - Lindsey Pollak

This book is a must read for anyone in college or who’s just left. Pollak filled this book with practical tips and advice on everything from getting your first job, to best internship practices, interview advice, and much more. In this book Pollak answers the pesky and often asked question, “How do I get a job with no experience, and experience with no job?”

Jonathan from Avery Dennison said this, “Lindsey is a next generation career expert and LinkedIn spokesperson.  She is very credible and you won't regret picking this book up.”

And, no, we did not shamelessly plug our own short pocket book about interviewing...unless you call this a shameless plug...which I guess it is...oops!

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