At time of writing, for those students in third year right now, university is coming to an end. Exam season is readying up to put your cramming skills to the test and the lifestyle of lethargy and hedonism you’ve grown so accustom to will become a distant memory. Believe me when I say job-seeking will be your hardest challenge yet!
Knowledge is power and every advantage you can get against the competitor graduates in the job-seeking colosseum is worth putting the time in to get. From negotiating your salary to unmissable interview tips, you can’t rely on the internet for all your answers.
To master the art of the job search, some in-depth reading might be required. Here are six books, as chosen by Business Insider, that will give you a leg-up in your foray into job-seeking.
1. What Colour Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
Considered one of the all-time best nonfiction books according to Time, this annually updated text is a practical guide to the job search. The first half covers the more logistical topics like CV design and cover letter whereas the second half is a more mindful look into picking the right career for you.
2. Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
A must-read for those who have got by at university by the skin of their teeth in terms of organisation. An organised mind, preaches Allen, leads to refreshing tactics and more successful job-seeking.
3. How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Considered The Bible of networking, Carnegie’s masterwork is choked full of invaluable lessons that will help your personal and professional lives. There’s nothing sinister going on like hypnosis, it’s all about using good conversation to influence people.
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4. Wait, How Do I Write This Email by Danny Rubin
Some graduates come out of uni totally competent with social situations by trip on all the logistical stuff like writing emails and crafting LinkedIn profiles. This book is an ‘Idiot’s Guide’ to becoming a keyboard master in no time at all.
5. The Elements of Style by William Stunk Jr. and E.B. White
Not one you’ll have to read cover-to-cover but the importance of grammar and punctuation cannot be understated when it comes to CVs and cover letters.
6. The 2-hour Job Search by Steve Dalton
“Using technology to get the right job faster”. You’re probably pretty tech-savvy but using programs like Excel, Google and alumni databases might not come naturally to you as Instagram does.