5 Books all job magnets should read

5 Books all job magnets should read

I love reading and have nearly 1000 books on my Kindle, however, in terms of helping people looking for work, there are 5 best-sellers that I would recommend to anyone looking to become a job magnet. To me, a job magnet is someone who:

  • works hard
  • has a great reputation in their field of expertise
  • works well with others, never losing their cool
  • is able to communicate their value to others

To achieve this they need to:

  • know themselves and understand their value
  • be able to communicate that value for example on a resume and in interview
  • have a strong personal brand
  • have a strong network of contacts
  • work with emotional intelligence

For this reason, these are my list of 5 books that job magnets should read:

What colour is your parachute? 2015: A practical manual for Job-Hunters and Career-changers by Richard N. Bolles

The job-hunters bible. It’s full of exercises to help you find your mission in life and the 16 tips about interviewing for a job are a must-read for every job hunter.

Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Did you know that your EQ, rather than your IQ is a key determiner to how successful you’ll be. Learn about the 12 personal competencies  and 13 key relationship skills, and take your career to the next level.

Resume Magic: Trade secrets of a professional resume writer by Susan Britton Whitcomb

This is my resume writing bible. It has great checklists and so many resumes to give you ideas on presentation and content. My copy is always close by. I wouldn’t be without it.

The Rules of Work: A definitive code for personal success by Richard Templar

Richard Templar came up with 108 rules for work.  Whilst many would be seen as common sense, taken as a whole, it’s a blueprint for success at work. Just make sure that you have the work/life balance sorted.

Personal Branding for Dummies by Susan Chritton

Learn how to market yourself by learning about your value in the workplace and how you can communicate this to the rest of the world.

These are my top 5 books that job magnets should read, but there are many more out there. What are you favourites? What should I add to my reading list? I’d love to hear what you say so please post a comment below.


Many self-publishing authors have free promotions on Amazon, so if you navigate to the Kindle Bestsellers lists, choose the “Top 100 free” tab. Next find the Careers section in Business and Finance and you can download lots of free books offering job-hunting advice.

Take care for now

Karen x

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