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Job Hunt Books: So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
4.4 (552 ratings)
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What's So Good They Can't Ignore You about?

How can you find a job that you are good at and enjoy? This book advocates the "craftsman mind-set" of patiently developing skills instead of the typical "follow-your-passion" advice, and offers practical solutions to acquiring and maintaining job satisfaction.

Who should read So Good They Can't Ignore You?

  • Anyone who wants to know why “follow your passion” is bad advice
  • Anyone interested in alternative routes to job satisfaction and success

Job Hunt Books: Becoming the Boss by Lindsey Pollak

Becoming the Boss

Lindsey Pollak
New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
3.6 (41 ratings)
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What's Becoming the Boss about?

Becoming the Boss presents the potential hurdles for leaders in our modern era and some useful tips on how to tackle them. Pollak explains some fundamental principles that will help anyone to, not only become a leader, but to excel in their new role. Pollak also summarizes some new best practices for managing employees and advises on professional networking and personal growth.

Who should read Becoming the Boss?

  • Anyone interested in startups
  • Young people in leadership roles
  • Anyone studying business

Job Hunt Books: Do Over by Jon Acuff

Do Over

Jon Acuff
Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck
3.7 (60 ratings)
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What's Do Over about?

Do Over (2015) explains why drastic change in your career is hardly something to be afraid of – that is, as long as you’ve got the tools you need. These blinks guide you through building up your own Career Savings Account filled with tips and tricks to turn your dead-end job into an opportunity to do something totally new.

Who should read Do Over?

  • People feeling stuck in their career
  • Those wary of big changes
  • Anyone ready to create a new life for themselves

Job Hunt Books: The Career Playbook by James M. Citrin

The Career Playbook

James M. Citrin
Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional
3.9 (71 ratings)
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What's The Career Playbook about?

The Career Playbook (2015) is based on interviews with top professionals as well as a survey of thousands of graduates and young professionals. It offers valuable advice for launching and building a strong career; by acquiring the right skills, building the right network and presenting yourself well, you’ll be on your way in no time.

Who should read The Career Playbook?

  • People hoping to launch their career
  • Seekers of new job experience and skills
  • Those wanting to stand out among other job candidates

Job Hunt Books: How to Find Fulfilling Work by Roman Krznaric

How to Find Fulfilling Work

Roman Krznaric
The School of Life
4.2 (97 ratings)
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What's How to Find Fulfilling Work about?

If you feel trapped in your job or long for more fulfilling work, you’re not alone. How to Find Fulfilling Work (2012) explores the core components of what makes work meaningful and full of purpose, detailing exactly which steps you need to take to find work that brings out the best in you and keeps you truly happy.

Who should read How to Find Fulfilling Work?

  • Those fed up with their current job but too scared to leave it
  • People ready to make a career change

Job Hunt Books: The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention by Pamela Mitchell

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention

Pamela Mitchell
Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy
4.3 (45 ratings)
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What's The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention about?

The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention (2010) teaches you the career survival skills you need for the twenty-first century economy. No matter what industry you’re trying to break into, this book will help you create a successful roadmap to your goal.

Who should read The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention?

  • People who dread Monday mornings because they want a new job
  • Those who feel they might have missed their vocation
  • Anyone interested in how job security might look in the twenty-first century

Job Hunt Books: Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham

Now, Discover Your Strengths

Marcus Buckingham
How To Develop Your Talents and Those of the People You Manage
4.1 (115 ratings)
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What's Now, Discover Your Strengths about?

Now, Discover Your Strengths (2004) provides insight into what strengths are, where they come from and why we should focus on them. These blinks outline tips and techniques for detecting natural talents and using them to put yourself or your employees on the path to excellence.

Who should read Now, Discover Your Strengths?

  • Anyone looking for ways to discover their hidden talents
  • Anyone who wants to push their boundaries to become more successful
  • Managers interested in capitalizing on their employees’ strengths

Job Hunt Books: Case Interview Secrets by Victor Cheng

Case Interview Secrets

Victor Cheng
A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
3.7 (74 ratings)
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What's Case Interview Secrets about?

Case Interview Secrets (2013) is a practical guide to nailing your interview at a big consultancy, such as Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey or Bain and Company. These blinks offer a crash course on the questions you’ll be asked and how you should answer them.

Who should read Case Interview Secrets?

  • Anyone aspiring to be a consultant
  • People in all professions hoping to boost their brainpower
  • Any reader interested in what consultants actually do

Job Hunt Books: Stretch by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick


Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick
How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace
3.9 (78 ratings)
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What's Stretch about?

Stretch (2015) is about the art of growing your career in ways that will make you an in-demand force in an increasingly unpredictable economy. There’s very little you can take for granted in these chaotic times, but there are reliable methods you can use today to help ensure work for you tomorrow. No one wants to be left behind. Be proactive and make yourself indispensable no matter what the future has in store.

Who should read Stretch?

  • Anyone preparing for the future
  • Entrepreneurs who want to be more adaptable
  • Unemployed people hoping to find new purpose in their work

Job Hunt Books: Best Job Ever by C. K. Bray

Best Job Ever

C. K. Bray
Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life
3.8 (65 ratings)
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What's Best Job Ever about?

Best Job Ever (2016) is a guide to making the career change you need to be happy with your professional life. These blinks walk you through the difficult process of switching jobs, changing fields and trying something you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t know how to start.

Who should read Best Job Ever?

  • People who want a job that overlaps with their passion and personal goals
  • Anyone who feels the need to make drastic changes to their career path

Job Hunt Books: Stretch by Scott Sonenshein


Scott Sonenshein
Unlock The Power of Less and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
4.0 (39 ratings)
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What's Stretch about?

Stretch (2017) is your guide to discovering your true creative potential. These blinks will teach you how to identify the resources, both internal and external, that you need to unlock new possibilities, reach for the stars and excel at life.  

Who should read Stretch?

  • Entrepreneurs in search of new strategic approaches
  • People who think that more is always better
  • Business people stuck in a creative rut

Job Hunt Books: 60 Seconds & You’re Hired! by Robin Ryan

60 Seconds & You’re Hired!

Robin Ryan
4.1 (249 ratings)
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What's 60 Seconds & You’re Hired! about?

60 Seconds & You’re Hired! (1994) is your guide to nailing your next job interview. These blinks are packed with actionable advice on how to grab a potential employer’s attention, sell yourself and land the job of your dreams.

Who should read 60 Seconds & You’re Hired!?

  • Job seekers
  • Career counselors
  • Students looking for their first job

Job Hunt Books: The Long View by Brian Fetherstonhaugh

The Long View

Brian Fetherstonhaugh
Career Strategies to Start Strong, Reach High, and Go Far
4.3 (132 ratings)
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What's The Long View about?

The Long View (2016) is a solid guide to building a lasting and meaningful career. Put yourself on the right path by assembling a useful skill set, developing a dynamite personal network and, most importantly, finding a good work-life balance. Work doesn’t have to be miserable and it’s not too late to find a career that can be both emotionally and financially rewarding.

Who should read The Long View?

  • Readers who want to plan for a prosperous future
  • Young and middle-aged professionals looking to take the next step in their career
  • Anyone approaching their retirement years

Job Hunt Books: Maximize Your Potential by Jocelyn K. Glei

Maximize Your Potential

Jocelyn K. Glei
Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career
4.1 (85 ratings)
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What's Maximize Your Potential about?

Maximize Your Potential (2013) is about making the most of your skills, talents and ambition. It offers action-oriented tips and tools that will help you execute your ideas and create an amazing career. Discover the traits and mind-sets of the most productive people and how to unlock your maximum potential.

Who should read Maximize Your Potential?

  • Entrepreneurs and company owners
  • Career-minded individuals
  • Creative professionals of all kinds

Job Hunt Books: What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

What Color is Your Parachute?

Richard N. Bolles
A Practical Manual For Job-Hunters And Career-Changers
3.7 (86 ratings)
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What's What Color is Your Parachute? about?

What Color is Your Parachute? (2017) is a practical guide to help you land the job you’re looking for and change your career. Since it was first published in 1970, this book has been a go-to guide for any job hunter, complete with tips on how to sharpen your interview skills and negotiate a solid salary. This newest edition also has invaluable suggestions for how to succeed in today’s digital world.

Who should read What Color is Your Parachute??

  • Unemployed people struggling to find a job
  • HR managers who want to better understand today’s job market
  • Readers looking for a better job

Job Hunt Books: Pivot by Jenny Blake


Jenny Blake
The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One
4.1 (83 ratings)
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What's Pivot about?

Pivot (2016) defines the four-step approach for navigating personal career changes and growth. In addition to demonstrating the basic elements of this method, author Jenny Blake shows how it can also be incorporated by managers into their day-to-day business practices.

Who should read Pivot?

  • Entrepreneurs or artists planning on making a career change
  • Anyone who feels stuck in their current job
  • Recent graduates trying to make the right career choices

Job Hunt Books: Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron & Kelly Tieger

Do What You Are

Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron & Kelly Tieger
Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Types
4.3 (190 ratings)
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What's Do What You Are about?

Do What You Are (1992) is a classic career guide, updated in 2014 to even better suit today’s constantly changing job market. By becoming more aware of their unique personality types, millions of people have found more fulfilling and satisfying careers doing work that better coincides with their natural strengths, interests and temperaments.

Who should read Do What You Are?

  • Anyone looking for a job
  • People eager for a new and more fulfilling career
  • Baby boomers who’d like an “encore career”

Job Hunt Books: The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew

The New Rules of Work

Alexandra Cavoulacos & Kathryn Minshew
The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career
4.4 (44 ratings)
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What's The New Rules of Work about?

The New Rules of Work (2017) is the definitive handbook for navigating the modern workplace. Authors Cavoulacos and Minshew recognize that the way we work has changed in tandem with the advancement of technology and that the way we think about career paths has evolved accordingly. Modern workers expect a job to do more than just pay the bills – work has to be fulfilling, too. Their New Rules will help you discover the career that fits you best and give you the tools to succeed in the modern job market – from application to promotion.

Who should read The New Rules of Work?

  • Students and graduates still unsure of their career path
  • Anybody stuck in a career rut
  • Employees who started their careers under the “old rules” looking to understand the current landscape

Job Hunt Books: Catalyst by Chandramouli Venkatesan


Chandramouli Venkatesan
The Ultimate Strategies on How to Win at Work and in Life
4.1 (122 ratings)
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What's Catalyst about?

Catalyst (2018) is the ultimate A to Z guide to navigating one of life’s trickiest journeys: your career. Jam-packed with actionable insights rooted in author Chandramouli Venkatesan’s years of first-hand experience with today’s most successful corporate go-getters, these blinks shed light on key topics from picking the right boss to the value of taking it slow and becoming an effective leader.

Who should read Catalyst?

  • Ambitious professionals
  • Executives and managers
  • Coaches and work psychologists

Job Hunt Books: Future Fit by Andrea Clarke

Future Fit

Andrea Clarke
How to Stay Relevant and Competitive in the Future of Work
4.4 (120 ratings)
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What's Future Fit about?

Future Fit (2019) is a guide to remaining relevant and employable in the future. As technological change and new employment models shape the workplace in often unpredictable ways, we risk being left behind if we don’t keep up. This book provides key insights into what the employees and leaders of the future must do to stay ahead.

Who should read Future Fit?

  • Those keen to prepare themselves for the future
  • CEOs and leaders looking for a head start
  • Anyone interested in tech, business, and science

Job Hunt Books: Mastering the Game by Sharon E. Jones with Sudheer R. Poluru

Mastering the Game

Sharon E. Jones with Sudheer R. Poluru
Strategies for Career Success
4.1 (66 ratings)
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What's Mastering the Game about?

Mastering the Game (2018) aims to level the playing field for women and people of color in the world of business – the traditional purview of white men. This book lays bare the unwritten rules of the game and outlines strategies diverse professionals can use to get unstuck at work.

Who should read Mastering the Game?

  • People who have felt marginalized at work
  • Social activists who want to create a fairer and more inclusive world
  • Allies who want to be even more empathetic

Job Hunt Books: The Job-Ready Guide by Anastasia de Waal

The Job-Ready Guide

Anastasia de Waal
Employability Skills and Strategies for Career Success
4.0 (45 ratings)
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What's The Job-Ready Guide about?

The Job-Ready Guide (2019) is a helpful roadmap for anyone seeking to get themselves on the first rung of the career ladder. In addition to offering advice on job-searching, writing a compelling resume, and performing well in interviews, it provides insight into what modern employers are really looking for.

Who should read The Job-Ready Guide?

  • Students leaving college
  • Teachers or mentors wishing to give young people up-to-date career advice
  • Young professionals seeking a change in career

Job Hunt Books: The Squiggly Career by Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis

The Squiggly Career

Helen Tupper and Sarah Ellis
Ditch the Ladder, Embrace Opportunity and Carve Your Own Path Through the Squiggly World of Work
4.5 (232 ratings)
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What's The Squiggly Career about?

The Squiggly Career (2020) covers research and tips on how to best navigate a career full of frequent transitions and modern-day challenges. If we learn to identify our own strengths, values, goals, and motivations, we can apply them more often at work – and notice when they’re being neglected. The authors reveal how to network by helping others, the merits of starting a side project, and how to make the most of the newfound control we have over our careers.

Who should read The Squiggly Career?

  • Job-hoppers looking for direction
  • College grads wondering what the next step is 
  • Anyone seeking insight into the new job market

Job Hunt Books: What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 by Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021

Richard N. Bolles with Katharine Brooks
Your Guide to a Lifetime of Meaningful Work and Career Success
4.3 (124 ratings)
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What's What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 about?

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021 (2021) is a fresh edition of a book that’s widely regarded as the job-hunter’s bible. It’s packed with classic exercises and time-tested strategies that empower prospective employees to find, and secure, the role they want. This new edition contains essential updates that speak to the contemporary job market.

Who should read What Color Is Your Parachute? 2021?

  • Job-seekers wondering if they’ll ever land a coveted role
  • Fed-up employees who are ready to take on a new career challenge
  • Prospective entrepreneurs who need a kick start

Job Hunt Books: The 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton

The 2-Hour Job Search

Steve Dalton
Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
4.5 (101 ratings)
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What's The 2-Hour Job Search about?

The 2-Hour Job Search (2012) empowers job seekers with a step-by-step, prescriptive approach that simplifies the matter of finding work. Author Steve Dalton leverages modern technological tools, like LinkedIn, Google, and Microsoft Excel, as well as alumni lists, to help you narrow your search and find internal advocates at your target employers.

Who should read The 2-Hour Job Search?

  • Job seekers of any kind
  • Recruiters looking to learn about a new method of job hunting
  • Anyone interested in successful networking

Job Hunt Books: Career Fear (and how to beat it) by Somi Arian

Career Fear (and how to beat it)

Somi Arian
Get the Perspective, Mindset and Skills You Need to Futureproof Your Work Life
4.1 (81 ratings)
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What's Career Fear (and how to beat it) about?

Career Fear (and how to beat it) (2020) sounds the alarm on how jobs are rapidly changing due to technological advancements. Taking a historical perspective on the evolution of work cultures, it brings to light the necessary mindset and uniquely human skills to thrive in a future defined by artificial intelligence. 

Who should read Career Fear (and how to beat it)?

  • Professionals seeking a new career 
  • People interested in the future of work
  • Anyone worrying about their career path

Job Hunt Books: The Purpose Myth by Charlotte Cramer

The Purpose Myth

Charlotte Cramer
Change the World, Not Your Job
4.3 (234 ratings)
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What's The Purpose Myth about?

The Purpose Myth (2020) dispels the idea that what you do to earn a living should also be your life’s driving purpose. Although many job offers are posted as fulfilling opportunities, the reality of office life remains banal. This book offers clear guidance on how to find the joy and satisfaction that’s too often lacking at work. 

Who should read The Purpose Myth?

  • People looking to put some purpose back into their lives
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs on the hunt for inspiration
  • Anyone who finds their day job unfulfilling

Job Hunt Books: Get Hired Now! by Ian Siegel

Get Hired Now!

Ian Siegel
How to Accelerate Your Job Search, Stand Out, and Land Your Next Great Opportunity
4.3 (239 ratings)
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What's Get Hired Now! about?

Get Hired Now! (2021) provides a step-by-step guide to finding a job and getting hired. It covers how to find the right job vacancies, write a first-class résumé that gets past the robots, dress and perform well at interviews, and how to negotiate that job offer!

Who should read Get Hired Now!?

  • Job seekers looking to up their game
  • Anyone who needs to know how to write a fit-for-purpose résumé
  • Interviewees who want to ace their job interviews

Job Hunt Books: The Lost Art of Connecting by Susan McPherson

The Lost Art of Connecting

Susan McPherson
The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships
4.3 (86 ratings)
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What's The Lost Art of Connecting about?

The Lost Art of Connection (2021) is about building more authentic relationships at work and in life. It shows how professional networking doesn’t always have to be transactional, and offers the three-step Gather, Ask, Do method for building meaningful relationships and breaking down the technological barriers to deeper human connection.

Who should read The Lost Art of Connecting?

  • Professionals who want to expand their network
  • People who want to improve their interpersonal skills
  • Anyone who wants to deepen their relationships with others

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