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This post will be sharing eight job hunting books that will help you get hired.

Someone once told me getting a job is a job all by its self. With how competitive and cut-throat the job market is, you have to create a strategy for success. One of the ways you can do so is by educating yourself and learning the ropes of the industry. Unfortunately, our education system doesn’t empower us with actual skills that we’ll need in our daily lives. So, we have to go out of our way to learn certain things.

Just like every other topic under the sun, I was pleasantly surprised to find books centred around the tips and tricks of job-hunting. I read a couple of them and was quite impressed with the content. From building a compelling resume to prepping for interviews and negotiating your salary and benefits, these books cover all the important topics and then some. I figured some of our readers might have been struggling to land jobs will find this compilation very useful.

Without further ado, let’s get into them!

Here Are 8 Job Hunting Books That Will Help You Land Your Next Job.

In no particular order;

60 Seconds & You’re Hired By Robin Ryan

The beauty of this list is that you get to learn from experienced people. Some of which also happen to be job search experts and career counsellors. If you want to learn how to make a great first impression by grabbing your recruiter’s attention and selling yourself as the perfect person for the job, then this book is for you. It will teach all the ins and outs of preparing for a successful interview.

What Color Is Your Parachute? By Richard N. Bolles

I shared this book recommendation in my previous post for those that are stuck in a career rut. It’s so good that it has been revised three times with its 2021 edition being the latest version for the digital age. They tried to cover tips and tricks on how to land your dream job from your resume to your interview and even the salary negotiation stage. This is a very well-rounded book that all job seekers should read.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You By Cal Newport

I remember starting my career by learning Digital Marketing Skills. I wasn’t exactly passionate about it but at that time it was convenient for me to learn. Plus there was a lot of prospects with the potential for me to earn a great salary either by running my business or joining an agency. Sometimes, to achieve job satisfaction and land a high paying job, you need to learn skills that are in-demand. It might not always be what you’re passionate about but it sure as hell will pay your pay bills and have you living a comfortable life. This book will teach you how to learn skills that will provide job satisfaction for you.

Learn about the most in-demand skills for 2022.

The 2-Hour Job Search By Steve Dalton

Yes, I know I mentioned at the beginning of the post that a job search can be a job on its own. But what if there’s a way to work smarter and not necessarily harder. In this book, you’ll learn how to master technology to fast-track your job search. Instead of spending days on job search engines like Indeed with no result, work smarter by networking and utilizing LinkedIn. It goes without saying that if you’ve had success with platforms like Indeed, you should still use it.

Learn how I used Indeed to land a Full-Time Remote Job.

The Career Playbook By James M. Citrin

Sometimes, you want to get career advice from actual professionals who have gone ahead of you and have walked in the path that you want. This book is a compilation of all the tips, tricks and secrets you’ll need to build a solid career including how to tap into your existing network to land a better job, how to build the most important skills get experience and how to make progress in your career. It’s a great book for anyone that is currently in a career rut.

The Job-Ready Guide By Anastasia De Waal

In this book, you’ll learn how to position yourself for modern employers. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that depending on the industry, recruitment is different. It’s not the same in traditional companies, startups or big tech companies. So, you need to have a plan and prepare accordingly. Sometimes, even when you’re not even sure about the requirement of the industry you’re applying to, this book will guide you.

Case Interview Secrets By Victor Cheng

If you want to land a job with a big consultancy firm, then this is the book for you. You’ll particularly learn how to navigate the interview by preparing to answer the toughest questions. From the questions that are asked and the best ways to answer them, this is an aspiring consultant’s guidebook.

The Professor Is In By Karen Kelsky

I know quite a couple of academics with PhDs who struggle in the job market. I mean just because they’re more academically inclined doesn’t automatically mean they’ll be street smart. With this book, anyone that has a PhD will learn how to increase their chances of landing a job in a competitive market. So if you know anyone in that position, get this book for them.


I hope you have found this careful selection of job hunting books useful. Personally, I’ve found it easier and less stressful to consume information about a certain topic through a book instead of browsing through various websites or YouTube channels. With these books, I hope you’ll be prepared to smash your next job interview.