8 Best Career Books to Help You Land Your Dream Job

When you’re looking for a job, there’s a lot of help you can get. At JobGetter, we’re all bookworms and we devour anything we can find that can help you find the job you want – or even find the type of jobs you might like.

Here’s a list of 8 of the best career books that can help you work out the jobs that will not only give you a happy work life but will also give you a sense of meaning in the work you do. There’s also a wealth of great tips, tricks and ideas to get the job you want.

What Colour is Your Parachute?

By Richard N. Bolles

This book has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. It’s got some great up-to-the-minute information and advice for you, whether you’re a first-time job seeker or a career changer.

This book will give you support, encouragement, and advice on which job-hunt strategies work and which don’t, and includes tips on social media and search tactics.

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

By Barbara Barron

This book will help you identify the jobs that suit you best according to your personality type.

The bestselling guide to finding career success and satisfaction through personality type is now thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated.

It’s a great book, especially if you’re looking wondering what suits you best as a job hunting newbie or a mid-life career switcher. It will take you step-by-step through working out your personality type and your strengths and weaknesses then uncover a range of jobs and careers that are best suited to you including some of the hottest jobs around today in industries like including health services, education, and communications technology.

It’s also got some valuable tips to help you get the best results in the shortest period of time.

Now What?

By Nicholas Lore

This book is ideal for those who have just finished studying.

This quote from it “The impolite truth nobody mentions in college commencement speeches: “Many of you have just spent four years and a small fortune studying something you will never use, and, if you do, you won’t like all that much. Have a nice life.” sums up many of the feelings recent graduate have – the “now what?” feeling.

This book will help you choose the career that gives you the best chance of success, plus the greatest amount of fulfilment.

It’s filled with charts, worksheets, and quizzes, that make it now only fun reading but really help you define where you want to go in your work life. It’s suitable for those who are still wondering Now What? whether you’re a uni or college student, a twenty-something already working or a high school student just getting started.

The Art of Work

By Jeff Goins

This book is all about motivating you to not accept the status quo and to move to live a life that matters with true passion and purpose. 

Identifying that finding your true work passion can be difficult, this book will help you once-over what can really help you make a difference in the world and find out what you were really born to do.

If you’re looking to contribute to the world through the work you do, this is a great read.

Get That Job!: The Quick and Complete Guide to a Winning Interview

By Thea Kelley

An interview is both exciting and scary at the same time. Getting to this point means that you’re one step closer to the job – but can also be very confronting. This book will help you be best prepared for that all-important interview. 

It will help you work out your unique strengths and how to sell them to your potential employer as well as to answer the most common interview questions with confidence. It also covers how to best handle a panel interview or what to do when you’re asked to do a video interview.

It’s a practical guide that will give you a real toolkit of resources – including great answers to some of the challenging questions that employers ask.

Job Hunter Road: Comedy and Self-Help on the Path to Finding a Job

By Carl V. McCoy

This is a great book to help you escape from some of the pressure that looking for a job has. Take a break from all the seriousness and have a tongue-in-cheek look at what it takes to find a job that you love.

This book has a humorous take on a number of questions that we typically ask ourselves when we’re on the job hunt like “Why don’t more people love their jobs?”, “Why do we make it so hard to change careers?”, “Why do we require unnecessary and expensive degrees for everything?”, “What does it take to be an entrepreneur?”, “Does networking have to be so ugly and opportunistic?”, and “What stops us from reaching our career potential?”.

Journey down an unpredictably quirky highway of laughter as you encounter opera-loving cats, crocodile hunting terriers, and levitating job seekers on the road to a more fulfilling career.

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) Steps 

By Kelly Williams Brown

This one makes our list because we understand that, sometimes, adulting gets just too hard!

If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pyjamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . we get it!!

ADULTING makes the scary, confusing “real world” approachable, manageable – and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy sea of adulthood so that you may find safe harbour in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay.

From finding an apartment that is not only near the best bars but where the taps and stove actually work, to breaking up with frenemies or fixing your toilet, this fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.

50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms 

By Dev Aujla

For those who like to stay in the zen zone, this book will help you stay calm while in the frustrating job seeking process. 

From understanding that you are so much more than your resume to how can you communicate that to your potential employer, you’ll find how out to ask the right questions, land the job and start doing the work that actually counts.

It’s filled with anecdotes and advice from professionals ranging from a wilderness guide to an architect and includes quick-step exercises that help you avoid the common pitfalls of navigating a modern career. Whether you’ve just decided to start the hunt or you’re gearing up for a big interview, this book is great for job seekers at every stage of their career.

The Buddha Walks Into The Office

By Lord Rinzler

This book contains wisdom for “Generation Next” on how to make your work meaningful, satisfying, and of benefit to others.

Does it ever seem that a lot of the people you work with are, well, jerks? This book is about how not to let work turn you into one of them. Using these tips you’ll not only avoid jerk-hood, but you’ll be setting out on the path toward making your livelihood an expression of your inherent wisdom, honesty, and compassion.

You’ll discover practical ways to bring mindfulness into administrative support, cabinet-making, financial management, nursing, truck-driving, or latté-brewing. In the process, you’ll discover genuine empathy for the folks you once found so difficult.

You’ll also learn leadership skills that apply compassion to management in a way that increases happiness along with efficiency. This is career advice of the most profound kind, geared toward today’s twenty- and thirty-something workers and job-seekers whose employment outlook is radically different from that of a generation ago.

It shows that even if the path of work shifts beneath your feet, it’s possible to make your livelihood a source of satisfaction and of deep meaning.

How These Career Books Can Help You

One of the hardest parts about finding your perfect job is working out what you want. These career books and others can help by helping you to work out what you want, what you love, and how to get it.

No book can get you a job. What these career books can do however is help you to set out on a path that will make you happiest.

Have you read any awesome career and/or job hunting books? Tell us about them so we can share them around …


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