Finding a summer job


Are you looking for a summer job? Do you want to improve your chances to succeed during the job interview? The following five books offer advice and tips on how to stand out from the rest of the applicants. For more book recommendations, see our topic list.

Yate, M. (2015). Knock ‘em dead resumes: a killer resume gets more job interviews. Jumpingdude Media.

When job hunting, one of the first challenges is getting an interview. For that, your resume and its cover letter need to stand out from dozens of others. This may seem difficult, especially if you are only starting out in work life and have little work experience. With the advice from Martin Yate, you will have a better chance of being noticed and getting that important invitation to an interview. The rest is up to you.

Levinson, J. C., Perry, D., Perry, D. E., Gerber, S., McDowell, G. L., Molidor, J. B. & Parus, B. (2011). Guerrilla marketing for job hunters 3.0: how to stand out from the crowd and tap into the hidden job market using social media and 999 other tactics today. John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated.

The title already says it all: this book helps you to stand out. The tactics may feel a little heavy-handed, like commando tactics and hand-to-hand combat, but Levonson also gives advice on how to research the job you are after, and how to prepare a great resume and cover letter. This new edition also covers social media and its use in job hunting.

Corfield, R. (2009). Successful interview skills: How to prepare, answer tough questions, and get your ideal job (5th ed.). Kogan Page.

If you really want the job, appearing at the interview unprepared is not an option. This useful guide shows you how to portray professionalism and confidence and succeed at the interview. Breaking the interview process down into steps, Corfield identifies the ways in which you can prepare for an interview, providing example questions and advice on how to answer them. There are also tips on what employers are looking for, and on how you should present yourself so that you make a favourable impression.

Yeung, R. (2007). Should I Tell The Truth?: And 99 other questions about succeeding at interviews and job hunting. Marshall Cavendish Asia.

This is an odd little book, with its list of a hundred questions and equally many answers. Some of the questions are typical, like how can I impress an employer, or how can I sound more compelling during an interview. Other questions include things we have no doubt all wondered about but never dared to voice, like Can I get away with exaggerating my experience on my cv, or indeed, should I tell the truth?

Anderson, L. E. & Bolt, S. B. (2011). Professionalism: Skills for workplace success (2nd ed.). Pearson Education/Prentice Hall.

Anderson and Bolt’s book helps you prepare for working life. It has been divided into four parts: self management, workplace basics, relationships, and career planning. Exercises and activities help you develop practical human relations skills and plan your professional career. The career planning tools like job search skills and interview techniques are particularly useful for your summer job hunt.

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