8 Books To Help You Find A Better Job

8 Books To Help You Find A Better Job

Do you feel stuck at your job—or on your job search?  Or, are you looking for some insight on how to get out of your slump? Perhaps you want to learn how to be a better employee or how to get the most out of you job. Or, maybe you simply have some spare time and want to spend it somewhat productively, curled up with a good book that leaves you with something to think about. Whatever the case, each of the eight books on list offers something unique about the work world and the job market. In fact, all eight might help you navigate the job market with greater ease!

1. Do Over by Jon Acuff

Whether you are transitioning from one job to another or you are just looking for a morale boost during your arduous job search, this book may just have the tools you need to be successful. In this book, Jon Acuff adopts an encouraging tone, assuring his readers that no matter where they began in the work world, they have the potential to advance professionally. How is this, a skeptical reader may wonder? Acuff identifies four elements that all careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. By embracing these skills—and by reading on—you reap invaluable lessons from Acuff.

2. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

If you fear the monotony of the common desk job—or are already living it and are desperate to break free from it—Timothy Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Work Week may be right for you! Ferriss breaks his book into four chapters, all following the acronym DEAL, which stands for Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation. Essentially, by examining each term individually, Ferriss offers interesting advice on common workplace concerns such as time management, personal aspirations, earning a reasonable living, and work-life balance. If you find yourself stressing over any of those topics, spends a few hours engrossed in The 4-Hour Work Week.

3. Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal

If you have ever felt stalled in your pursuits for greater things, be them professional or personal, try turning to the insights and solace found in Gillian Zoe Segal’s Getting There: A Book of Mentors. For this book, Segal interviewed many prominent figures—from the dean of Harvard Business School to Hollywood Executive—to learn how they overcame challenges and ultimately rose to the top (Gaynor: “8 Books that Can Help You Find a Better Job This Summer). If you feel demoralized and are looking for a pick-me-up, then Getting There might just be the antidote.

4. Work Rules by Laszlo Bock

If you are a manager or aspire to become one, you might want to check out Laszlo Bock’s Work Rules. In this book, Bock meticulously reviews all of the steps one must take to become an effective and exemplary manager, including hiring the right people and paying fairly (Gaynor). Furthermore, his book offers several lessons on how to create a work environment that is productive, innovative, and supportive.

5. What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles

This book is a great place to begin if you need some brushing up on basic job-hunting skills such as interviewing, polishing your resume, writing cover letters, negotiating salaries, and so on. More important, though, is what Bolles’s book sets out to do: help people discover what career paths might best suit their skills and background (Gaynor). So if you are in need of soul searching as you switch fields or even just jobs, this book might be a good place to start.

6. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

Not everyone can network with ease, be in due to a lack of interpersonal skills or just a plain lack of experience in the area. Fortunately, Keith Ferrazzi’s Never Eat Alone is here to assist you in your networking worries. This book is perfect for you if you are looking to build a stronger, more diverse network and need some guidance to get there.

7. Reset by Dwain Schenck

If you just lost your job and need help regaining your balance in the work world, Dwain Scenck’s Reset may have some useful insight for you. Not only does Schenck give a passionate first-hand account of job loss and the trying times that may follow it; he also aims to help his anxious readers now in the same position find the motivation within to pick themselves and continue on with their careers as though nothing had happened.

8., Bossypants by Tina Fey

This book is perfect for the professionals who aspire to be a bit more assertive at work. While humorous in many parts, Tina Fey’s Bossypants can help you take charge of your career and become the success you strive to be.

Works Cited

Gaynor, Julia. “8 Books That Can Help You Find a Better Job This Summer.” Monster Blog. Monster, 02 July 2015. Web. 27 Nov. 2015.


Jacqueline Hill, Esq.

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Jacqueline Hill is a partner at Lexacount Search, where she places top senior-level and other legal talent with law firms and corporate legal departments across the United States. She has been writing about careers, lawyers, attorney professional development, and the legal industry for more than a decade. She can be reached at jacqueline.hill@lexacount.com or 215-740-0104, extension 101.

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