Books for Job Seekers

As I am currently looking for employment, I borrowed some books from the library on job searching, changing careers, and determining what career path is right for you.

Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do

Career MatchThe first book I read, and my most favorite, is Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do by Shoya Zichy with Ann Bidou. This book uses the Color Q model to help you determine your primary and secondary personality-type. Once personality-type is determined, the book lists several strengths and weaknesses related to those personality-types in relation to job searchies and interviews as well as tips to compensate for those weaknesses. It also helps you gain a better understanding of the type of work environment and supervisory style people with your personality-type prefer and suggests jobs that people with your personality-type generally find meaningful.

My favorite chapter in the book is Chapter 27: A Road Map for Putting It All Together (don’t worry, you don’t have to read the entire book; you only read the sections that are pertinent to your personality-style). This chapter provides a “formula” to help you narrow down what jobs you think you would enjoy based on your work-related strengths, ideal work environment, ideal boss, and five jobs you think you would enjoy. It then provides suggestions on how to learn more about your top 5 jobs and determine how they relate to your strengths, ideal work environment, and ideal boss.

This is one book I would recommend for anyone who is searching for guidance on meaningful careers as well as high schoolers who are searching exploring future career possibilities.

Job Applications In a Week

Job ApplicationsJob Applications In a Week by Patricia Scudamore & Hilton Catt is an easy read. In addition to beneficial tips, it also provides an interesting perspective on how potential employers select candidates. This book is particularly good for people with limited interview and job-search experience. However, as someone who has experience searching for jobs and interviewing, I did find some valuable tips and encouragement in this book.



The Career Cowards Guide to Changing Careers by Katy Piotrowski, M.Ed.

CareerCowardAs I consider myself a coward when it comes to changing careers, the title of this book alone was enough to spark my interest, and while I have not started reading this book, I definitely intend to.

After skimming it (like I always do with library books to determine if I will even read them), I liked how the first chapters in this book help you “Discover Your Natural Talents and Best Skills” (Chapter 1), “Visualize Your Ideal Carer” (Chapter 2), and “Pinpoint your Passion Zones” (Chapter 3). Obviously there are more chapters in the book, but those are the three that caught my eye.


10 Insider Secrets to a Winning Job Search by Todd Bermont


I’ve only read part of this book, but it offers some good advice thus far. It covers everything from believing in yourself to creating resumes and cover letters to interviewing to networking and much more. This book provides a good overview of the entire job search process.


These will definitely be added to my non-fiction “favorites” list.

Non-Fiction books for the Martial Artist

man-3021551_1280.pngI enjoy martial arts (karate, silat, and kali), and picked up some books at the library on various martial arts techniques. These are books I would recommend for people who want to learn more about martial arts techniques.

  • The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible Black Belt and Beyond by Ashley P. Marin
    • I borrowed this book primarily because it contains several sections on the application of techniques performed in katas. When I was studying karate, we did not learn the practical application of kata techniques, so to me they were nothing more than choreographed martial arts moves. While I knew that each movement had a purpose, I did not know what that purpose was. This book helped give me a general idea of the application of various kata movements.
  • Karate for Kids by Robin Rielly
    • This book is good for kids or adults who want to learn some of the basic karate techniques. If you are already hold an advanced belt in karate, this book will not benefit you.
  • Karate Techniques & Tactics, Skills for sparring and self-defense by Patrick M. Hickey
    • Of the martial arts books that I borrowed, this one so far, is my favorite. However, I borrowed this book for the “techyniques and tactics” aspect of it. I only made it part way through the book and due to Christmas break ending, I won’t be able to finish it until summer, but I have thoroughly enjoyed what I read. It starts off with a history of karate and even provides a general overview of several other similar styles of martial arts. It then introduces several martial arts stances, strikes, and kicks. From there, it moves moves into katas and sparring in competition. It was for the sections on competition, particularly sparring in a competition, that I borrowed this book.
  • Tae Kwon Do Third Edition by Yeon Hee Park, Yeon Hwan Park, and Jon Gerrard
    • I borrowed this book to read the section on sparring techniques. I honestly never got around to reading it, but I like the layout of the book. Like the The Advanced Shotokan Karate Bible and SUMO Mixed Martial Arts, this book has tons of pictures accompanied by written descriptions, and it is a book I would recommend to people interested in learning more about martial arts.
  • Sumo Mixed Martial Arts by Andrew Zerling
    • I borrowed this book to learn some of the various takedowns. This book accompanies each step with an explanation and pictures.

Books for Gardeners

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For those of you who are interested in gardening, both vegetable gardens as well as flower gardens, I’ve recently been reading these two books:

  • The Gardener’s Year published by DK Publishing
    • This book contains information for both vegetable gardening and flower gardening.
  • The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Edward C. Smith.

I’m a novice gardener, so if you have lots of gardening experience, these books might not benefit you. But for those of us who are still learning the craft, these books are a good resource, full of useful information, tips, and tricks.

The Complete Guide to Personal Finance

The Personal Finance

The Complete Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers and College Students by Tamsen Butler is really geared towards high schoolers. I would say it could be beneficial to college freshmen/sophomore students, but to those with more life experience it may not be beneficial. I read the book because I don’t have a good grasp of finance, and it was a little too basic even for me. It was not altogether pointless. I did learn somethings from it, but because this book is geared towards high schoolers and not really towards young adults, the information was not pertinent to me. However, it is a book I would recommend to teenagers or parents of teenagers.