Whether you're just starting out in your career or making a transition, odds are there's some part of the job search process that's at least a little mystifying.
From interviewing to negotiating your salary, there are a lot of factors at play when looking for a new job, and one mistake could put the kibosh on the whole thing.
To master the art of the job search, here are nine books that can guide you through the process:
Richard N. Bolles' 'What Color is Your Parachute?'Amazon
Great book for: getting started
If you're only going to read one book on the list, you may want to choose this one. Why? It covers a little about everything when it comes to a job search.
The first half of the book talks about how to create an eye-catching résumé and cover letter, as well as how to improve your networking, interviewing, and negotiating skills, while the second half focuses on how to find your ideal career.
David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'Amazon
Great book for: staying organized in your job search
Considering all the moving parts that come with getting a new job, this book is a must-read because it teaches you the basics of time management and organization.
It can also help you through the transition of finding a new job by teaching you how to reassess goals and stay focused.
Dale Carnegie's 'How to Win Friends & Influence People'Amazon
Great book for: networking
There are a number of lessons you can learn from Carnegie's classic that will help you in your personal and professional lives. Importantly, especially when it comes to networking (and also the job interview), you'll learn how to make people like you and win them over to your side.
Carnegie's advice focuses on maximizing your interactions with other people, and he instructs readers, for example, to encourage people to talk about themselves, instead of dominating the conversation, emphasizing the things you both agree on.