As we get older, we seem to have less and less time to curl up with a good book and get some reading in. And sometimes, it just doesn’t seem as important as the thousands of other things we have to get done during the day. However, reading can help us in more ways than one might expect. Picking up one of these job search books can encourage your goals and reduce stress – so for those of us in the midst of a new search, it can truly be a lifesaver.

Entrepreneur Jim Rohn once said, “Successful people have libraries. The rest have big screen TVs.” Your library may consist of five favorite books – it doesn’t matter how many pages you read, it’s about what you get out of them! Here are some of our favorite books to inspire a successful job search. Start building up your library with one of these, and let the book guide your way to success!

1. Eat That Frog: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

By Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog is a kick-in-the-butt type of book that is designed to help you get done whatever it is that you need to do (think: update your resume). By “eating a frog” every morning, you finish the worst thing you’ll have to do all day – before your day ever really starts! Hate tailoring your cover letters? Get that out of the way early, so you’ll know the rest of your day will be enjoyable! Eat That Frog is all about time management, which is a huge key to productivity. We promise this book will change the way you approach every day during your job search.

2. You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

By Jen Sincero

We all know that confidence is key when it comes to job searching, but confidence can be a tough thing to come by, especially if you’re feeling stuck. In this hilarious, easy-to-read New York Times Bestseller, Jen Sincero helps you find the badass that lives inside of you by bringing to your attention the self-sabotaging actions that we’re all guilty of. (Already read this one? Pre-order Sincero’s new book, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth, which we think you’ll enjoy as well).


By Sophia Amoruso

Attention: ladies – this one’s for you! This rags to riches memoir is full of inspiring accounts of Sophia Amoruso’s life of hitchhiking and dumpster-digging turned multi-millionaire. Sometimes during our job searches we can feel at the lowest of lows. One page into #GIRLBOSS, and we know you’ll find the confidence to apply to that dream job.

4. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

By Richard N. Bolles

This book is a classic in the job searching field, and we love that it’s updated for 2017. Richard Bolle’s passion for aiding the job searcher comes across in his carefully curated advice that seems like it’s written specifically for us. What Color is Your Parachute is a complete guide to everything from interviews to social media, for everyone from recent college grads to laid-off industry vets. Pay attention to what you discover while reading this book – not just about your job search, but about yourself, too.

5. The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster

By Steve Dalton

Once again – it’s all about productivity! This guide by Steve Dalton gives advice on landing those initial interviews quickly by contacting employers directly, after utilizing the digital world to find them.  We love that Dalton’s book provides a system for job searching. Say goodbye to that hazy, abstract conception you once had of the job search, and focus your efforts systematically instead.

We recommend using what you’ve learned from one, two, or all five of these books and supplementing it with our very favorite job search tool – Rake! Good luck, job searchers!