7 books job seekers must read

The job searching period is a great time for improving yourself, both professionally and personally. Not only should you learn how to master the art of networking and writing cover letters, but many books can also motivate you to improve your habits and shift your mindset. Whether you’re transitioning into a new career path or looking for a position that is better suited for you, these seven books will help you get inspired to become a better version of yourself and find the right job.
Published in 2012, The Power of Habit explores the science of habit, its creation, and reformation. A New York Times reporter, Duhigg explains in this book the role of habits in individuals, organizations, and societies. This book will help you understand why you do what you do. Duhigg explores human habit loops that always starts with a cue, a trigger that transfers your brain into a mode that automatically determines which habit to use. Understanding your habit loops allows you to take control over yourself and give you the ability to create healthy habits that have positive impacts on your career and everyday life.
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Zero to One: Notes on startups, or how to build the future
By Peter Thiel

Written by a venture capitalist, PayPal co-founder, and one of the early investors of Facebook, Zero to One is worth reading not just by job seekers, but by anyone interested in startups. Thiel’s book can help you during this period of your career change by challenging you to think differently and to go from “zero to one” (doing something that has never been done before) rather than “one to n” (doing more of what has already been done).

The 2-Hour Job Search: Using technology to get the right job faster
By Steve Dalton

This book teaches job hunters how to work faster and smarter with the right technology. Dalton explains how to create an organized system that helps you efficiently and effectively target potential employers and secure the first interview.

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The 4-Hour Workweek
By Timothy Ferriss

New York Times’ bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek will show you how to “escape the traditional nine-to-five work life, live anywhere and join the rich.” This self-help book is especially useful for anyone thinking about a career move. Ferriss shows you how to change your mindset by creating a new “lifestyle design” by looking beyond the concept of retirement and the rest of deferred-life-plan.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: powerful lessons in personal change
By Stephen R. Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989) is a self-help book that will inspire you to plan and take actions that will enhance your career. Covey teaches you how to attain goals effectively by following the “true north” principles.

Start with Why: How great leaders inspire
By Simon Sinek

Start with Why shows that leaders who are successful always start by asking “why?” Bestselling author Simon Sinek explores a naturally occurring pattern: a way of thinking, acting and communicating that gives some leaders the ability to inspire those around them. This book will brush up your leadership skills and help you get ready for a career advancement.

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Never Eat Alone: and other secrets to success, one relationship at a time
By Keith Ferrazzi

Networking is an essential part of the job searching process. Given that, this is the book job seekers should not miss. Never Eat Alone explores the art of networking and reveals one of the best secrets to success – the right way to use the power of relationships. Ferrazzi lays out concrete steps and mindset he uses to build networks with the people who he has helped and who have helped him.

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