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10 Best Books for Career Guidance and Getting Hired

10 Best Books for Career Guidance and Getting Hired

What should I do, I have an interview tomorrow? What to wear? What to say? How to write a good cover letter? How to negotiate remuneration? You don’t need to get bogged down by a string of thoughts bothering you while you are applying for a job. Here is a list of 10 best books for career guidance and getting hired without worrying.

Before that, here’s a piece of advice

Firstly, it’s the overall outlook and your perceived intelligence about life and work which shall determine your success in life. So, focus on working upon your skills instead acquiring knowledge which shall not be fruitful in its application.

Secondly, the list of books below will make you a person who is desirable and shall help you in introducing ‘People Skills’ which is quintessential in today’s times, more than ever.

Read on, where we list the extremely important books in the beginning and shall take you to books which cater to a particular area of expertise.

  1. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

Published in 1936, this book still resonates with the current work-life balance equation and is a relevant self-help book on career guidance, which makes it is in print for over 75 years now. A masterpiece by Carnegie, it covers the fundamental techniques to handle people, conversations, and accepting criticism.

Why read?

To learning and mastering the art of winning people by conversing with them, to strike a balance between personal and professional life.

Who should read?


“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.”

– Dale Carnegie, How to win friends and influence people

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. Covey is perhaps and arguably one of the best management consultants the world has witnessed. He has authored a host of books but this one came at a time when the world was marred by managerial inefficiencies. Covey described very succinctly in this book the art of being effective and productive at work and in life.

Why read?

To learn a few habits, which you can develop to help you become a candidate who is desirable and a recruiter willing to hire.

Who should read?

Again everyone. But people at managerial positions and people who aspire to be at such positions should definitely read it.

“Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6: Synergize

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw”

― Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change your career for a lifetime of satisfaction and success by Nicholas Lore

It is considered as a bible for people who are mid-life career changers but it can be a helpful read to all those who are looking to start a career. And, learning a few habits, which can help you get satisfaction from work.

Why read?

To meticulously navigate career changes in mid-life.

Who should read?

People who need advice and are worried while changing career.

“Every aspect of your life is directly related to how well your career fits you. People who are engaged in satisfying, challenging careers that match their talents, personalities, and goals usually achieve a higher degree of success than people who do not care passionately for what they do. They are healthier, live longer, and tend to be more satisfied with other aspects of their lives. They feel their lives are meaningful and a source of joy. An ill-fitting career contributes significantly to stress and depression, and has a profoundly negative effect on self-esteem.”

―Nicholas Lore, The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success

  1. Outliers: The Secret of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers, when released in 2008, was ranked #1 for eleven consecutive weeks by The New York Times. The book is divided into two parts: Opportunity and Legacy. It discusses the exceptional power and intelligence of successful people in the world, to the likes of Bill Gates. And, the idea of putting 10,000-Hour Rule to excel in a particular kind of work you are doing still resonates with people.

Why read?

To learn how to excel and getting inspired by the tales of successful people of all times.

Who should read?

People who desire to learn some path-breaking lessons from people who had an exceptional career.

“Those three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.”

– Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers 

  1. Love your job: The New Rules for Career Happiness by Kerry Hannon

If you desire to alter your boring days at job into a beautiful memory marked by extreme fulfillment while working, read this book!

Why read?

To developing an attitude, which helps you enjoy your work life.

Who should read?

Anyone who desires to put an end to negativity at the workplace and needs to rewire his system of thoughts. For people who, on a daily basis, interact with a lot of people and get affected by their thoughts and acts, it’s a must-read. 

“So if you can just do one thing to make a change right now, learn something new. If you can’t make it work related, do it in the context of your life.” – Kerry Hannon

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ? by Daniel Goleman

In the early 90s, Daniel Goleman dispelled this myth, that to work hard and achieve success in life you need IQ. One of the foremost leaders of recommending its people skills that matter more at the workplace to unlock opportunity and to have a fulfilling and prospering career Goleman actually takes us to go through some vivid examples proving that EI can have a lot of positive impact in work culture.

Why read?

To understand that ‘understanding emotions’ and how to respond to frequent situations arising out of unbalanced emotions at the workplace are one of the foundational values to succeed in life.

Who should read?

Everyone especially people who are into recruitment and human resource development or looking forward to opting it as a career.

“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels”

― Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ 

  1. 120 Jobs that won’t chain you to your desk by The Princeton Review

It’s quotable that as soon as millennial started entering meeting rooms, all hell broke loose. And, one of the chief reasons for the same was their unique outlook towards work and life: they believe in getting the job done but they would perhaps like to set the rules themselves. This book by The Princeton Review includes some practical advice from career launching gurus who have identified jobs and traits which shall help you enjoy your work and getting the job which you want!

Why read?

To learn that there’s an array of job opportunities, which you might not be aware of.

Who should read?

Millennial perhaps! Or those who think that they would like to be a free-bird without being broke.

“Each job profile includes the following subjects:

  • A (Relatively Typical) Day in the Life

  • Extreme Days

  • Preparing for Success

  • Getting Your Foot in the Door

  • Biggest Challenges

  • Best Perks”

– The Princeton Review

  1. What color is your parachute? A practical manual for job-hunters and career changers by Richard N. Bolles

Worked up while applying for jobs? You need a break and this book! This book deftly compiles the pieces of advice for all: those who are setting their feet in their first job, those in a mid-life career change, and for those who are marred by the economic landscape and facing it difficult to brave today’s job scenario.

Why read?

To learn practical advises to getting hired in a stiff and competitive job market.

Who should read?

Titled a manual for job-hunters for good reasons, this is for all who need a job. 

“Self-introspection is the way to improve any company, any marriage, any nation. And any job-hunt.”

― Richard N. Bolles, What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

  1. Wait, How do I write this email? by Danny Rubin

You don’t need a degree in writing to write an email which can get you hired, to write a cover letter which actually gets read by the recruiter, or to ask for a recommendation. You just need to master the craft of telling a story in a simple and lucid manner, learn some of the best advises to nailing at writing emails from this book. It is one of the essential books for people who require to converse via email frequently.

Why read?

To excel at the art of writing emails which gets you hired and convincing recruiters that you’re the one who they’re looking for.

Who should read?

It’s for anyone who needs to ‘get out there’ and get hired.

“NOTE: What’s essential? The main argument or one big request. Everything else deserves the “Do I need it?” treatment.”

– Danny Rubin, Wait, How do I write this email?

  1. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury

This book introduced to the world: ‘Principled Negotiation’ or ‘Negotiation of merits’. This book shall help you to distinguish between the problem and people so that you don’t hate the person because of the proposition which you weren’t able to negotiate and wanted to decline. It really helps you to get to ‘yes’.

Why read?

To learn the art of negotiation, be it anywhere and for anything.

Who should read?

It’s for anyone who thinks they aren’t happy with the proposition but cannot initiate or arrive at a win-win negotiation.

“The more extreme the opening positions and the smaller the concessions, the more time and effort it will take to discover whether or not agreement is possible.”

― Roger Fisher, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In

We hope that reading these books shall help you in building, reshaping your career and life!

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