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Job Search: Job & Career Books

Resume and job search tips, recommended reading, online resources, and community trainings for job seekers

Print & Digital Books @ BPL

Explore our business and career books, from resume basics to business ethics. We have lots to offer in print at the Business & Career Center and other departments at Central, as well as ebooks that can be accessed anywhere with the OverDrive app.

There are several books and ebooks in our catalog that can help you in your job search. You can search the catalog using keywords, such as "resume building" or "networking," but there are also a number of useful subject headings that can be used to effectively find books and ebooks on these topics. You can click on or copy any of the phrases below, paste them into the catalog search bar, and change the drop down option to "Subject" to find targeted results.

 

Applications for Positions

Career Development

Career Changes

Employment Interviewing

Employment Portfolios

Job Hunting

Business Networks

Résumés (Employment) vs. Curriculum Vitae

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018

Richard Bolles's long-trusted guidance with up-to-the-minute information and advice for today's job-hunters and career-changers in a new 2018 edition. In today's challenging job-market, the time-tested advice of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape, workers laid off mid-career, and people searching for an inspiring work-life change all look to career guru Richard N. Bolles for support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work--and which don't. (The 2019 version is also available as an ebook.)

Exoffender's Job Guide

The Ex-Offender's Quick Job Hunting Guide

This book provides important answers to many re-entry employment questions. Beginning with a job search self-assessment, users address such critical issues as asking questions, taking responsibility, telling the truth, and becoming trustworthy before examining 10 sequential steps to job and re-entry success. These steps include changing attitudes, seeking assistance, assessing skills, writing resumes, networking, interviewing for the job, and more.

Lose the Resume, Land the Job

Lose the resume and land that coveted job. Gone are the days of polishing up your resume and sending it out at random. At every level today, you need to "lose the resume" in order to land the right job. In other words, you have to learn to tell a story about yourself that speaks to your competencies, purpose, passion, and values. Lose the Resume, Land the Job shares the new rules of engagement: How you must think, act, and present yourself so you can win.

Moving Forward in Mid-Career

Losing a job is one of the most devastating events one can experience. For trauma, it ranks up there with divorce, loss of a loved one, or permanent personal injury, and it happens more often that one would think. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 50,000 workers are fired or laid off each day. That is over 18,000,000 workers each year. Moving Forward in Mid-Career is a guide for workers who have been fired or laid off and are in process of rebuilding not only their careers, but also their personal identities independent of a job title.

Career Rookie

Career Rookie

A shot of encouragement, a kick in the ass, and a loving push for young people who have no idea what they want or how to get it Career Rookie is a book for every grad, student, and 20-something who feels lost, overwhelmed, and anxious. It tackles questions like, What if I don't have any experience? What if I went to school for something I hated? What if I have NO IDEA what I actually want? Should I just suck it up and settle? This fresh, fun guide gives even the most lost and overwhelmed a way forward. It explores passion, curiosity, uncertainty, self-sabotage, and more on the quest to shake off post-graduation paralysis.

How to Write a Stellar Executive Resume

How to Write a Stellar Executive Resume is a step-by-step guide that empowers readers to create an effective and stand out from the crowd as a top candidate for an executive position. Brenda Bernstein, a Certified Executive Resume Master and author of the #1 Bestseller How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile, shares the tips and tricks she's learned from more than two decades of helping job seekers get connected with the right position.

Good Job after 50

How To Get a Good Job After 50

Many baby boomers are seeking to stay in the workforce longer and are looking for satisfying, fulfilling jobs. This book is a step- by-step guide to finding and winning the sort of job most likely to give job satisfaction and success. It sets out how older workers are often valued in the workplace because of their experience, skills, reliability and sense of responsibility before going on to show how to demonstrate these qualities to prospective employers. It encourages people to adopt a pro-active, 'self-employed' approach, building self- esteem and promoting a time-efficient, self-managed job search program.

Friend of a Friend ...

Handing out business cards? Or just joining LinkedIn? Not anymore. This is a new and startling look at the art and science of networking. Everybody knows that in order to expand your business opportunities, it's essential to reach out and build your network. But did you know that it's your secondary, or dormant, contacts who will be the most helpful to you? Or that too many of us inadvertently run the risk of isolating ourselves into corporate silos? And what do the very best networkers do that most of us do not? Business school professor David Burkus digs deep to find the unexpected networking secrets that provide both a unique and science-based explanation on how best to grow your universe.