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Note: You can read reviews of some of these books in our Quintessential Reading: Career and Job Book Reviews section of Quintessential Careers.
Before beginning your search, you might want to check out this article, published as part of the 15th anniversary of Quintessential Careers: 15 Indispensable Career and Job-Search Books.
College Grad Resources: Find a collection of the best job-search resources for new college grads to help you find a job in the career of your choice in our College Student, Recent Grad: Career and Job Resources.
Also please note that many industry-specific job and career books can be found in the Industry-Specific Book Section as well as in the Resume Books Section. Finally, you can also find books related to internships in our Internship Books Section or graduate study in the Graduate School Books Section. And if you are looking for books on how to make the transitions from college to career, go to our Success After College Books Section.
FEATURED COLLEGE GRAD CAREER BOOK
A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market, by Dr. Katharine Hansen (Ten Speed). Experts agree that the best way to find a job is through your network of contacts. This highly-touted book about networking and informational interviews comes from the author of Dynamic Cover Letters and Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates. This book is jam-packed with all sorts of strategies for building your network — and even includes advice for folks who are shy — or at least shy about networking. A perfect book for college grads — and all job-seekers.
TOP CAREER, JOB-SEARCH BOOKS FOR NEW GRADS
Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World, by Lindsey Pollack (Collins).
Job Interview Skills 101: The Course You Forgot to Take, by Ellyn Enisman (Hudson House). Read an excerpt.
Knock ’em Dead Secrets & Strategies for First-Time Job-Seekers, by Martin Yate (Adams).
The 3 Simple Secrets of Success After the Diploma: Integrity, Persistence, and Discipline, by Janis Dietz, Ph.D. (iUniverse, Inc.). Read our full review.
They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World, by Alexandra Levit (Career Press). Read our full review.
OTHER CAREER, JOB-SEARCH BOOKS FOR NEW GRADS
The Complete Resume and Job Search Book for College Students, by Richard Walsh (Adams).
Confessions of a Recruiting Director: The Insider’s Guide to Landing Your First Job, by Brad Karsh (Prentice Hall Press).
First Job: A New Grad’s Guide to Launching Your Business Career, by Richard Fein (Wiley).
Graduating to the 9-5 World, by Jerry Bouchard (Impact).
Great Jobs for Business Majors, by Stephen Lambert (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Economics Majors, by Blythe Camenson (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Foreign Language Majors, by Stephen Lambert and Julie Degalan (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Geology Majors, by Blythe Camenson (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Math Majors, by Stephen Lambert and Ruth DeCotis (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Physical Education Majors, by Nancy Giebel (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Political Science Majors, by Mark Rowh (McGraw-Hill).
Great Jobs for Sociology Majors, by Stephen Lambert (McGraw-Hill).
How’d You Score That Gig? A Guide to the Coolest Jobs (and How to Get Them), by Alexandra Levit (Ballantine Books).
How to Help Your Child Land the Right Job (Without Being a Pain in the Neck), by Nella Barkley (Workman).
I Went to College for This?: How to Turn Your Entry Level Job Into a Career You Love, by Amy Joyce (McGraw-Hill).
Launch! And Cash That First Paycheck in 90 Days!, by Gary Sutton (Gary Sutton).
Naked at the Interview: Tips and Quizzes to Prepare You for Your First Real Job, by Burton Jay Nadler (Wiley).
Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career, by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald (Ten Speed).
Welcome to the Real World: You’ve Got an Education: Now Get a Life!, by Stacy Kravetz (Norton).
What Can You Do with a Major in Business: Real people. Real jobs. Real rewards., by Kate Shoup Welsh (Cliffs Notes).
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