5 books that will help you with your job search

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1 Mar 2021
For job-seekers

We know just how time consuming, stressful and frustrating job searching can be. Throw in an ongoing pandemic with its unpredictable restrictions and it creates a very uncertain, bleak and demoralising landscape indeed. But while we all wait for the inevitable resurgence of the job market, there are certainly things we can be doing now to prepare. Aside from plumping up your CV with new skills, we think having a deeper understanding of your professional direction and greater clarity on your route to success is pretty fundamental too. 

Here are our favourite five books in mastering the art of finding the right job. 

1. The Squiggly Career 

We're living in a world of 'squiggly careers', where moving frequently and fluidly between roles, industries, locations and even professions is becoming the new normal. The Squiggly Career is a brilliant read while you're considering your employment options, packed full of advice and practical support on navigating your working life on your terms. 

2. What Colour is your Parachute? 

If you're only going to read one book on this list, you might want to choose this one. It covers a little bit of everything when it comes to your job search, from crafting an eye-catching CV and cover letter, and improving your networking, interviewing and negotiating skills, to identifying your ideal career and how to make it happen. 

3. Pivot: The Only Move that Matters is your Next One 

In today's economy, the average job tenure is only four years, and falling. Roles change constantly. Even smart, motivated people hit professional plateaus. 'What's next?' is a question we all have to answer more frequently. But how do you advance without getting stuck? This book is written by the co-creator of Google's Career Guru Programme and shows you how to build upon your assets - your strengths, interests and networks - to launch a new career with meaning and adventure. 

4. Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type 

Does your job role fit your personality type? This bestselling classic has helped more than a million people find truly satisfying work and has been recently updated to factor in the advent of new technology, the migration to online work and study, and the ascendancy of mobile communication. It will lead you through a step-by-step process of identifying your personality type, then you'll learn which occupations are popular with each type and get a full rundown of your type's work-related strengths and weaknesses.  

5. Knock 'em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 

This comprehensive guide can help you keep up with changes in the job market, from updating the language of your CV to using social media for networking and making professional connections that lead to employment opportunities. It’s full of practical and thoughtful approaches to successful career management in an age of uncertainty. 

How can we help you?  

If you’re looking for your next professional opportunity in Surrey, please give us a call on 01932 355000 or email hello@amber-employment.co.uk to find out how we can help. 

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