There are a lot of job seeker resources out there. It's difficult to know which ones are the right ones for you. Books can quickly become outdated. It's enough to overwhelm any job seeker. Turner Free Library recently purchased the latest and greatest books for job seekers and career changers. These materials will be on display on the Main Floor of the library throughout the month of November. You can check out an unlimited amount of books for free with your Turner Free Library card.
Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions:
Although this book came out in 2015 it contains valuable insights and employment strategies for neurodivergent job seekers. Written by an employment attorney and a regional commissioner for the United States Department of Labor, The Autism Job Club shares the authors' research and their experiences working with the San Francisco Autism Job Club.
What Color is Your Parachute 2021 by Richard Bolles
This book is a classic for a reason. Job seekers who are interested in a more in-depth self-analysis and a deeper understanding of what they want out of a career will get a lot out of What Color is Your Parachute. It gets updated every year so keep and eye out for the 2022 edition.
Spoiler alert: this book doesn't actually tell you how to find a job in only two hours. What it does do is help job seekers use technology to streamline their job search by using technology and laying down groundwork before applying for jobs.
The Job Closer has excellent tips for job seekers who struggle with having to "sell" themselves to potential employers. Use Dalton's various models to write resumes and cover letters that are more likely to stand out and use his FIT model to design your own answer to the dreaded "Tell me about yourself" interview question.
Modernize Your Job Search Letters: Get Noticed... Get Hired by Wendy S. Enelow
Writing a cover letter can be a daunting task for many job seekers. Enelow tackles how to write effective cover letters as well as thank you notes and networking letters. There are even letters for job seekers who are facing unique challenges such as transitioning from military service to civilian work, returning to work after raising children, returning to work after incarceration, or changing careers.
Encore: Finding Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman
Speaking of changing careers, Freedman's book Encore is for workers who have reached retirement age but need or want to continue working and are seeking more meaningful work.
Working While Black: The Black Person's Guide to Success in the White Workplace by Michelle T. Johnson
Johnson is an employment attorney who offers practical suggestions for Black workers and job seekers evaluate their options throughout their career. Johnson presents a plan for readers to develop mental awareness and a psychological game plan while navigating the white working world.