5 Best Career Books of All Time Everyone Should Read

5 Best Career Books of All Time Everyone Should Read

5 books everyone should read to land the dream job 

5 books everyone should read to land the dream job 

by Talentese Team 29/05/2018

There’re lots of great resources that may help you when you look for the job of your dreams (including our blog, of course!), though if you prefer a really solid approach, you may have been looking for an ultimate all-in-one source where you can find everything about the job search. Or maybe you would appreciate a smart career guide to help you define your career path and make the right choice before you jump into job interview marathon?

Whether you’ve just decided to start the hunt and need general guidance or you’re preparing for a big interview already, take a look at our book guide of the best career books of all time – we’re sure you’ll be able to find THE book for you:

 

The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book by Jeff Allen

Preparing for a job interview is much easier if you have a system – and this book provides you with a really fundamental one. If you’re at the very beginning of your job search path and have no idea how to start, that’s what you should read! World-famous expert Jeff Allen advices to prepare for a job interview like you would for a rehearsal as an actor. Know your lines, dress for your role, work on the perfect way of delivery – and you’re hired! And, of course, have your ideal script ready – this book will guide you through all the topics that may emerge in a job interview and the best ways of answering the typical job interview questions.

 

Quote:

“I know – you think background, qualifications or experience have something to do with getting hired. You’re right – not about the job, though. About interviewing! The director only knows what you show, That’s why the actor factor is so critical”

 

 

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles

This is probably one the most popular best career books of all time – the best thing about it is that it’s being thoroughly updated and reviewed every year. In every edition you will find up-to-the-minute job search tips (for example, on the social job search) along with the timeless career advice from the famous career guru Richard Bolles.

 

Quote:

“Why are you here?” This means, “Why are you knocking on our door, rather than someone else’s door? How much do you know about who we are, and what we do here?” 2. “What can you do for us?” This means, “If we were to hire you, will you help us with the tasks and challenges we face here? What are your relevant skills, and can you give us examples or stories from your past, that demonstrate you have these skills? Tell us about yourself.” 3. “What kind of person are you?” This means, “Will you not only fit in, but actually inspire those”

 

Refuse to Choose! By Barbara Sher 

Everybody keeps telling you that the real achievers are so successful because they know what they want and go for it. But what if you just don’t know? What if you have so many different interests and really can’t choose the one?

The counseling expert and motivational coach Barbara Sher believes that you shouldn’t fight your constant natural curiosity and force yourself to focus on one path – you should learn how to benefit from all of your passions at once, instead! 

 

 Quote:

“You see, you’re not someone without direction; you’re an investigator, and the whole investigative process consists of learning a little bit about everything that looks interesting to you. If you respect your natural curiosity, you’ll come to trust your enthusiasm. It knows something about you. Your trail of enthusiasms is the most precise instrument you have for locating where you’d find the deepest satisfaction in your life.”

 

 

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

Action-orientated, up-to-date, millennial-friendly and really well-structured – if you’re eager to get some advice you can implement immediately, this career guide may be the perfect choice for you. Using the data from his popular website and blog, the book author has gathered tons of real-life stories to define the main young job seekers’ pain points and – of course! – has prepared the best solutions for these problems and dozens of practical exercises to train the most important skills you need at the every step of your job hunt. 

 

Quote:

“Building a spreadsheet for your job search will help you organize and track everyone you meet throughout this process. Your spreadsheet will give you a snapshot of everything you have done and change your perception of rejection, enabling you to see progress that is rarely visible otherwise. Your spreadsheet should look like a typical sales funnel This will help you mentally understand that it is normal to have 20 initial conversations over coffee (at the top), and only one potential interview (at the bottom). Not all your conversations need to, or should lead to, results. If you don’t visualize things in a funnel you quickly become mislead into thinking that every conversation should turn into a job opportunity.”

The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do Paperback by Jeff Goins

If the most challenging part for you is not finding your dream job, but defining what your dream job is and getting enough motivation to start actually looking for it, this book is probably for you. Jeff Goins, a sensational new author that immediately gained lots of fans (including professional coaches!), believes that the main purpose in you job search should be finding a meaningful career that really fits your personality. Through real-life cases and stories he shows how anyone can come closer to a dream job that matters and allows you to work with passion and purpose.

 

 Quote:

“We all want to do something that we are good at, that the world in some way recognizes, but the point of practice is never just about skill acquisition. It’s about making a contribution to the world. Which is why when we are in the midst of pursuing our calling, we must not only ask if this is something that we are good at, but if it is something good. We need more than excellence to satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Which should raise the question: Is it, perhaps, possible to succeed at the wrong thing? It is, indeed.”

 

by Talentese Team 29/05/2018

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Germany is an awesome place to work and live, whether temporarily or permanently – good salaries, strong economy, high standard of living, a modern infrastructure, affordable and also high quality housing… Aren’t there more than enough reasons to apply? If you’re looking for the information how to find a job in Germany as a foreigner you’d be pleased to know that there’re lots of industries where job seekers from all over the world are especially welcomed.

 

There is an extreme shortage of specialists of all levels and pretty much every applicant has really good chances to be employed. So what are those magical occupations that will practically guarantee you having a job in Germany?

 

Health care

The unemployment rate in health care is almost zero – almost 30000 jobs are available for doctors and nurses and 25000 vacant positions for non-medical health professionals like dentists, rehabilitation specialists etc. The German population is also not getting any younger and the healthcare system (hopefully) is not going to get worse so the demand for specialists in elderly care is going to dramatically increase over the next years (up to 150 000 by 2025) – great chances to secure yourself a job!

 

Engineering

Numerous high-tech fields are growing – you have especially good chances of employment if you’re a specialist in mechanical, automotive or electrical engineering. Considering relocation to Germany already? Well, then pay a special attention to jobs in Bayern, Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony – there is a particularly strong need for professionals with your background in those regions.

 

IT

Well-qualified IT specialist may be sure that it’s not them that are going to be looking for a job but rather the other way around: the numerous companies from industry leaders to promising start-ups are going to compete to get a really great expert on board. Candidates with the following skills have particularly good chances of employment: programming advanced machine-control systems, security specialists and web application developers.

 

What are the rеquirеmеntѕ to get a job in Gеrmаnу?

Before you саn bе аblе tо wоrk in Gеrmаnу, уоu are rеquirеd tо gеt a German work viѕа аnd also work реrmitѕ: If уоu аrе frоm thе Eurореаn Uniоn (EU), Eurореаn Eсоnоmiс Area (EEA) OR Switzеrlаnd, уоu do nоt rеquirе a реrmit tо wоrk in Gеrmаnу аѕ long аѕ уоu hаvе a vаlid ID саrd оr passport аlthоugh rеgiѕtеring уоur address iѕ nееdеd. Evеrуоnе еlѕе араrt frоm EU, EEA оr Switzеrlаnd will nееd tо gеt a rеѕidеnсе реrmit аnd Gеrmаn viѕа to wоrk in Gеrmаnу. Thеrе аrе аrоund 60 regulated рrоfеѕѕiоnѕ in Gеrmаnу whiсh inсludеѕ dосtоrѕ, орtiсiаnѕ аnd tеасhеrѕ. If уоu are in this саtеgоrу, then уоu nееd tо gеt уоur qualification rесоgnizеd bу thе rеlеvаnt Gеrmаn аuthоritу оr рrоfеѕѕiоnаl аѕѕосiаtiоn bеfоrе уоu саn bе аblе to wоrk in Germany.

 

Do I need to know German language to apply for these jobs?

There’re plenty of German companies looking for English speakers, but knowing thе basics in Gеrmаn lаngugае will help you in ѕеttling, living and wоrking in Germany – especially when it comes to bureaucracy, legal documents and forms etc. And, of course, looking for an English-speaking job in Germany as an IT-specialist or an engeneer is going to be much easier than as a health care worker – for some positions it is nesessary to have at least basic German knowledge to be able to communicate with colleagues and patients.

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by Karin Singh 01/05/2018

Imagine … you got a new job at one of the best firms to work for. You really look forward to your new challenge, but there is one thing that worries you a bit. Guess what?

You are joining a team that is very different from what you have experienced so far. Until now you worked in a team of 5 people, where everyone was of similar age and of the same country. Now you have been employed by one of the most desirable employers.

A multinational company with a team of 14 people and all of them coming from different parts of the world. Also, their age range (24-56 years), their gender (men, women, transgender) and their culture/religion (Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Jews) is something you feel unfamiliar with.

Remember, your goal is to achieve workplace happiness, job satisfaction and success in the long term. How are you going to integrate in this new, so diverse, group without causing any disruption? These are some tips that a career guidance counsellor would give you to have a quick, easy and smooth transition.

# 1 – Memorize all their names before you even start your job.

Try to find this out online, from LinkedIn, the corporate website or other sources. It does make a difference, if right from the beginning you can address and remember them by name.

# 2 – Build relationships with every member.

Find out as much as possible about their background, their interests, their strengths. The more you know about them, and the more interest you show in them, the better. It’s important to find some common ground. That will always help you to establish bonds with them. If you are not very familiar with other cultures, try to learn the basics of every culture/religion so that you don’t make any embarrassing faux pas.

The best firms to work for usually also offer additional opportunities to learn more about each other by running several social events. Another approach would be to ask your team members lots of questions (but don’t intrusive ones!) and take advantage of every chance you might get to get to know them better. At lunchtime, for example, don’t spend that time alone, set yourself a goal to socialise every day with a different member. Imagine how much you will be able to find out and learn after just 1 month.

# 3 – Be approachable.

If you consider yourself as an introvert, and dealing with others for you is every time a hassle, it’s not going to be easy. In order to build bonds, you need to be open, positive, approach others with a smile and allow them to get to know you better, too.

# 4 – Find a mentor.

Find a mentor who can guide you. Someone who knows the written and unwritten rules and agreements within the company. If you can make use of that person’s knowledge, and provide him/her with something useful in return (e.g. some advice, or skill that would benefit them too) you would have it easier to settle in. Building a good relationship with a mentor might also help you to understand the corporate culture and personality in a deeper way. Their knowledge will be invaluable in helping you to integrate quicker into the team. They can tell you who in the group coordinates, leads or keeps the group together. If you observe team dynamics and interactions, you will soon find out who the most influential members are.

# 5 – Get involved wherever possible.

 Attend as many events as possible in which your colleagues take part in, show that you are a team player. Attend the breakfast club, come along in the happy hour after working hours, etc. But don’t be tempted to socialize too much, if it stops you from fully focusing on your job responsibilities.

# 6 – Don’t complain and embrace change.

If you are facing a new environment, you need to embrace new practices and systems. The most desirable employers don’t want to have someone aboard who is complaining and tells others how great their previous job was. Don’t expect others to adapt to your style, instead embrace the new way your team is doing things and offer solutions where possible.

# 7 – Earn the respect of others by doing a good job.

Find out in what areas your colleagues are good at and where YOU can add real value to the team with your strengths. Also, keep your promises once you promise something.

If you love your job and the responsibilities involved in it, but you find it difficult to integrate into your new team, you might face isolation or even problems in carrying out your daily job duties as usual. It is therefore important to evaluate already at the interview stage whether you can really see yourself working there with those employees or not. The most desirable employers often give you the chance to get to know your team members during the recruitment stage. Don’t underestimate therefore this crucial part in evaluating whether the company is right for you.

Starting a new job and settling into a new environment, where team members might know each other already for a long time, is always a challenge. However, if you embrace the new corporate culture from day one, and seize every opportunity to become a real ambassador for your new company, you will experience a painless transition. Don’t forget, the better you can work with your team, the more productive you will be. For the best firms to work for, that means that it’s a win-win for every person involved.

Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.

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