8 Must-Read Books When Starting a Career

Congratulations, you’re now a college graduate! Now what? What job do you apply for? Where? How? These books will help you. 

Ok. So you’ve finished college. Now what? Just because you got your degree does not mean you’ll readily have a job. In a world with rising unemployment rates, graduates have to compete for available positions. Here are some books that’ll give you an edge over the rest of the job-seeking population.

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

Whether you're a job seeker for the first or fifth time, this book will tell you what career suits your personality using the widely-accepted Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBPI), which groups individuals to 16 different personality types, with their own strengths and weaknesses.

2. 15-Minute Cover Letter: Write an Effective Cover Letter Right Now

by Louise Kursmark, Michael Farr, J. Michael Farr

With hundreds of resumes being sent to companies, day in and day out. You resume and cover letter are the only ones that’ll get you to stand out. This book will teach you, step by step, how to create a rockin’ cover letter that recruiters will notice right away.

3. Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

by Penelope Trunk

Times are changing. This book will help you break out from the traditional job-hunting norms and go at it like the millennial that you are. After all, it’s a millennial market. It’s high time you think like a millennial.

4. Me 2.0, Revised and Updated: 4 Steps to Building Your Future

by Dan Schawbel

Today, products are not the only ones being branded. People are realizing that they, too, must create their own brand. With this book, you will learn how to use social media, push your own personal brand, and maybe, land your dream job through it. Hey, every little thing matters!

5. Hitting Stryde: A Gen Y Career Survival Guide

by Daneal Charney and David James Singh

Work hard and have a successful career. If only things are that simple. Sorry to shatter your expectations but the corporate world isn’t as predictable. This book introduces 110 career short cuts that will help you achieve your career goals. Read it and you’ll increase your productivity in no time.

6. Born For This: How To Find The Work You Were Meant To Do

by Chris Guillebeau

Getting your dream job doesn't actually mean winning in life. Because in reality, it is still a job and not a vocation. This book will let you discover the jobs that are meant for you through stories, exercises, and thought experiments. Cool!

7. The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love, and Work Better to Live More

by Chris Guillebeau

The idea scenario: You love your job. You love your boss. You do what you are good at. Although this seems virtually impossible, this book will at least attempt to teach you how to get a semblance of that ideal scenario. Curious now? Grab a copy!

8. The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting and Running a Business: Turn Your Ideas into Money!

by Steve Mariotti

Ok, so an office job with a schedule is not for you. Well, work for yourself! Here’s a book that’ll give you the basics on how you can turn your talent—all those one-liners, engaging graphics, full length videos—into money. This will help develop the entrepreneur in you.