Holiday books for job hunters

By Terry Pile

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that job hunting relative or friend? Island Books offers their top five selling career books.You may be able to kill two birds with one stone -- solve a gift giving challenge and help that job seeker find employment.

Job Hunting on the Internet -- By Richard Bolles and Mark Emery

Ten Speed Press -- Paperback - $11.95

If your job hunter isn't using the Internet as part a job finding strategy, then he or she will have a long search. Richard Bolles (What Color is Your Parachute) and Mark Emery show readers how to integrate the Internet into a comprehensive job-hunting strategy including research, networking, skills testing and online postings. Bolles' books are always up-to-date and easy to use.

Over 40 Job Search Guide: 10 Strategies for Making Your Age an Advantage in Your Career By Gail Geary

JIST Works -- Paperback - $14.95

Age discrimination may still exist in the job market, but gray hair shall overcome. This guide instructs the over-forty set on how to turn age into an advantage. It offers tips for "ageless" resumes, how to avoid common interview mistakes, and capitalize on the benefits of experience. It also has a special section on self-employment and new careers for the post-retirement years.

2500 Key Words to Get You Hired by Jay Block and Michael Betrus.

McGraw Hill -- Paperback $12.95

The Perfect Resume: Today's Ultimate Job Search Tool -- Tom Jackson

Broadway Books -- Paperback - $12.95

Although The Perfect Resume it is in the top five list with Island job hunters, there are other resume books that I prefer. My favorite is 2500 Key Words to Get You Hired. It helps the job hunter develop a resume using key words for specific professions. Knowing how to use key words when writing a resume is crucial in the age of electronic resume scanners. The staff at Island Books will be happy to special order. The Perfect Resume has been around for awhile. It has been updated and has plenty of examples and advice on resume writing, but I didn't think the resume examples are stronger in the former title.

What Should I Do With My Life?: The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question by Po Bronson

Random House -- Paperback - $14.95

For those people who still don't know what they want to be when they grow up, this book is reassurance that they are not alone. Bronson interviews people around the country struggling for meaning in their lives. Some are successful and others are still searching, but all their stories are intriguing. There is the intellectual property lawyer who became an organ donor activist after losing a kidney and the investment banker who became the superintendent of Seattle Public Schools -- Joseph Olschefske. Most of us don't get epiphanies?We only get a whisper. A blank, nonspecific urge. That's how it starts," writes Bronson.

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through he Secrets of Personality Type -- by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Little Brown and Company -- Paperback - $18.95

Another good resource for the individual wrestling with career choices, this book is based on the work of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, the authors of the widely used Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory (MBTI). It describes personality type and helps the reader determine which of the 16 personality types he/she fits into, assigning each with a four-letter code. Once type is identified, the authors offer careers suggestions that are best suited for a particular type, implications for a successful job search and the pitfalls that are faced by each personality type. For those familiar with the MBTI or enjoy self-assessment, this is a worthwhile book favored by career counselors.

Here are a few more of my favorites, all in paperback and under $15.00.

101 Salary Secrets: How to Negotiate Like a Pro, by Daniel Porot outlines everything you need to know to maximize your earning potential.

A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market! by Katharine Hansen offering practical advice to job hunters who hate to network.

Targeting a Great Career and Shortcut Your Search: The Best Ways to Getting Meetings, by Kate Wendelton, takes a very strategic approach to selecting a job and employer that is right for you. They are two titles in a series of Premier Job-Search Books offered by The Five O'clock Club ( a network for job hunters.

Terry Pile is president of Career Advisors providing career counseling, career development and outplacement services to individuals and small businesses. She specializes in helping people find satisfying employment. She can be contacted at

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