Tuesday, February 16, 2010

JobsDB SG's Top Reads for Job Seekers

We've decided. We'll be providing career advice articles for job seekers this whole week. Think of this as a new year gift from JobsDB SG. We're the ones who pulled you into this aggressive-job-search game, after all.

Yesterday's article discussed some of our Year of the Metal Tiger job search strategies. We remember putting these must-haves there:

  • a laser-focused career vision
  • good resume with objectives
  • a "personalized" cover letter
  • large network
  • an impressive set of skills
Yes, these five are good enough to ace a rewarding job, bit it still pays to do more research. We're not saying that our words are no good, but doing additional research is out of question here. Looking for a job is like dieting -- if you want results to come to you asap, you need to exert effort. Aside from doing our tips, it won't hurt to "touch" other career resources, right? Take for instance, these books:

1) Trump Never Give Up
Why read a book about a famous businessman to get a job? Trump Never Give Up is all about Donald Trump's story of success. Job hunting can tire out even the most optimistic of individuals -- reading this book will inspire you to keep on going with your job searching goals. In today's harsh employment market, this will be an excellent source of motivation for you.

"Each chapter includes an inspiring story from Trump’s career and concludes with expert commentary and coaching from adversity researcher and author Paul Stoltz. Inspirational and intelligent, Never Give Up will help you deal with your own personal challenges, failures, and weaknesses."

2) Communication Counts
Oh, great...another communication book... Well, we can't argue with you about that, because Communication Counts IS a book on communication. The reason why we want you to read the book is it, as the book summarizes, "directly confronts the biggest challenges facing anyone who needs to communicate anything today: listeners' time constraints and distractions." At job interviews, distractions come at big chunks, not to mention, your time to sell yourself is very limited. Need we say more?

"Written by renowned communications expert Mary Civiello, this detailed book offers a unique "modular" approach that will enable you to say what you need to say, in a way that it can best be heard and remembered, in a time frame that can be suited to any situation."

3) Training Camp
Here's something that's actually fun to read. Training Camp is a novel about Martin Jones, an undrafted rookie trying to make it in the NFL. Read this book and let Martin's story inspire you.

"Training Camp reveals that the best performers—in any field—all share the same qualities. Among other traits, the best of the best are able to maintain a big-picture vision while taking focused action, they are mentally strong, they seize the moment, and they inspire excellence in the people around them. "

We have other career development books featured at our site's good reading section.


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