Today, there are over 10 million unemployed people in the United States and Canada. And millions more have taken whatever job they could get, just to pay the bills. So, Newsweek magazine took a look at some of the latest self-help books for unemployed job hunters. Here's what they recommend:
- First, there's Monster Careers: How to Land the Job of Your Life. It was written by Jeff Taylor, the founder of the job search website, Monster .com. He recommends using attention-grabbing headlines when you email your rÃ©sumÃ©. Things like, "Am I a great nurse? Here's what my patients say!" And explain in your cover letter why they're likely to want you for the job, not just why you want the job.
- The next self-help book is: A Survival Guide for the Recently Unemployed by Harvard MBA, Michael B. Laskoff. He says, make your rÃ©sumÃ© a personal ad - you need to know what you want, pitch what you have to offer, and hook your reader. And you should present yourself as the solution to your future boss's problem.
- And the final self-help book for the unemployed recommended by Newsweek magazine is: Nourishing Yourself Through the Lean Times by Jim Stringham and David Workman. This book focuses more on keeping your spirits up while you search for work. They recommend you avoid isolation, create a support group, and consider other ways to make money like turning a hobby into a paying job. It did the trick for David Workman he used the 20 months he was unemployed to co-write the book, launch a grant-writing business, and meet his wife.