7 brilliant books for job seekers

20th July 2016

Here at Kaizen, we love a good book, especially one that centres around our favourite subject – careers.

Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or searching for your first job, getting your hands on as much sound information as you can is vital to not only stand out from the crowd, but help you decide which path to take. So, we’ve rounded up a list of seven highly recommended must-read books for job seekers.

1. Why You?: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again – James Reed

From classic questions such as ‘tell me about yourself’ and ‘what are your greatest weaknesses?’ to puzzlers like ‘sell me this pen’ and ‘how many traffic lights are there in London?’, this book reveals what interviewers are really asking. Offering powerful preparation techniques, the lowdown on how to answer the most common questions, and how to adopt a winning mindset at interview, one that will help you succeed on the day.

If you are feeling anxious, find it hard to relax or struggle to get rid of that constant mental ache, this book will show you how to chill by taking action and intentionally rejecting stress when it rears its ugly head. Providing an easy to follow guide to help you effectively release and manage everyday stress that can seriously affect your health.
This popular job-hunting guide includes up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive resumes and cover letters, doing effective networking and confident interviewing, and negotiating the best salary possible. Also featuring information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none.
This book gives the tools to take matters into your own hands by assessing your needs and strengths, finding the right work fit, weighing options and possible sacrifices, and preparing your family for transitions – whatever the situation or economic environment. Packed with expert advice and helpful examples to show how anyone can reinvent their professional life.
A separate chapter is dedicated to each profession featured in this book, opening with its history and background and describing the current status of the field. The honest, insightful answers given by the survey responders, combined with the wide-ranging fields and professions covered, offer an opportunity to learn about “the real world” before committing to a specific career path.
6. How to Find Fulfilling Work – Roman Krznaric
This inspirational book explores the competing claims we face for money and status while doing something meaningful and in tune with our talents. A practical and innovative guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming the fear of change, and finding a career that makes you thrive.
The power and usefulness of Personality Type to help people find greater career success will never date, and this book has reportedly helped hundreds of thousands of people find truly satisfying work. Using workbook exercises and real-life examples, the fifth edition features new insights on the modern workforce, technology, Baby Boomers seeking post-work fulfillment, online resources, job listings, and much more.