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10 Books To Help You With Your Career And Job Search

From improving your productivity to the kinds of soft skills sought in today's job market, discover insights today's job leaders desire in these ten books.
by Jennifer Parris | Aug 11 2017

Between revamping your resume, sending out quality cover letters, and preparing for your next job interview, it might seem that there’s little, if any, time for anything extra. Reading can not only be relaxing, especially after a hard day’s job-hunting, but also beneficial to your job search!

Explore these ten titles about jobs and careers. You never know where you’ll encounter the next insight to make yourself stand out to recruiters and hiring managers.

15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs

by Kevin Kruse

If you’ve ever wondered how billionaires made their money, or how Olympians got their gold, you can learn all that—and more—in the book 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs. Written by New York Times-bestselling author Kevin Kruse, the book is filled with lessons and tips on how to master the clock—and your life.

Organize Tomorrow Today: Eight Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life

by Dr. Jason Selk, Tom Bartow, and Matthew Rudy

Look for jobs. Send out job applications. Repeat. Day in and day out. It’s easy to get into a rut when you’re job searching or at least feel like you’re in one. Breathe new life into your pursuit with Organize Tomorrow Today: Eight Ways to Retrain Your Mind to Optimize Performance at Work and in Life. Learn how to understand what’s truly important, master it, and get on the path to super success.

Singletasking: Get More Done One Thing at a Time

by Devora Zack

Move over, multitasking. Singletasking is becoming the most popular way to work and get things done. In Singletasking, author Devora Zack shows why multitasking isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, how you can achieve more by focusing on one task at a time, and why it all ties in to a happier, more productive life.

Stuffocation

by James Wallman

The new M word isn’t multitasking; it’s minimalism. How does owning less help you with your job search? Well, clutter isn’t only just physical—it’s mental, too. Dust off the cobwebs in your personal space (both literally and figuratively) to determine what you really want out of life, and make space for what really matters most—finding a flexible job that fits in with your life.

Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most

by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry

Who hasn’t had clammy hands right before a job interview? Score some confidence and gain self-composure and control even under the most stressful of circumstances by reading Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When It Matters Most. Performance stress will be a thing of the past.

Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done

by Jocelyn K. Glei

Getting sucked into an email vortex is a very real thing. When answering emails seems never-ending, it’s time to crack open Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. This guide can teach you how to handle email, organize your inbox, and gain control over your time.

18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done

by Peter Bregman

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk, dutifully sending out job applications. Then, your computer dings and you get a notification from one of your social media channels. The temptation is too much, and you switch screens to read the latest post from one of your friends on Facebook. Forty-five minutes later, you’ve forgotten about your job search. That’s why you should read 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. Minimize distractions, find your focus, and get it all done, all in under 18 minutes.

Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out

by David Gelles

You don’t just want a job where you punch a clock and wait for the day to pass by. You want a job with meaning. One way to find that is by looking inward and being mindful of what your heart really wants. In Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out, you’ll discover why being mindful can help you in the workplace, and in the world at large.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

When you’re job searching, it can feel like a never-ending, painful process. But in Option B, you’ll find out how Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook, picked up the pieces after her husband’s passing. It’s perseverance at its finest and her story is sure to inspire.

Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair

by Anne Lamott

Let’s face it: Being unemployed isn’t easy. In Stitches, author Anne Lamott shows how to take those icky feelings and turn them into something positive. Learn coping techniques and understand how to get in touch with your emotions in order to attain the life you’ve always wanted to live.

The next time you find yourself at a job-searching crossroads, take a break and pick up one of these books from Blinkist to help you regain your focus, breathe new life into your job search, and get the flexible job that is already waiting for you.

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