At Application Doctor we believe that you should be mentally and physically healthy first, then you can apply successfully. To get you started, we’ve listed the five best self-help books for you. Is there a book for you?
1. Kill it with kindness (Shahroo Izadi)
You are looking for a job, but before you can start applying, you must first become mentally and physically strong. To achieve that, you will have to change some behavioral traits. You may want to live a healthier life: eat less, exercise more. Or maybe you want to get rid of your bad habits.
Whatever change you want to bring about, ‘Kill it with kindness’ by Shahroo Izadi will get you started. Izadi is an expert in the field of behavioral change, in her book she takes you by the hand with concrete steps.
The book hardly pays attention to scientific studies on behavioral change, but gives concrete advice on how you can adjust your behavior. For example, Izadi challenges you to write out your goals so that you can work with them purposefully.
2. Life without limitations (Nick Vujicic)
Nick Vujicic is a true phenomenon. The Australian, who moved to Los Angeles, USA at the age of 24, was born without legs and arms. That did not hinder him to make the best of his life: as a motivational speaker and author he draws full houses, his TedTalks on YouTube have millions of views.
In short, Vujicic has learned to live with its limitations and has become very successful. In his book ‘Living without limitations’ he explains that everyone has a disability. It is true that in most cases these limitations are not as clearly visible as his. And in many cases, they will also be less severe. Nevertheless, everyone has to overcome a shortcoming in order to grow as a person.
You probably also have restrictions that prevent you from becoming a good applicant. Let Nick Vujicic inspire you to overcome them.
3. Nice girls don’t get the corner office (Lois P. Frankel)
We don’t have to bother you with research: everyone knows that in 2020 women still earn less than men. And for some employers, whether consciously or unconsciously, they are more likely to hire a man than a woman, especially when a vacancy becomes available in a managerial position.
Lois P. Frankel had her own practice as a psychologist for years, where she helped women to stand up for themselves. After all, discrimination against women in the labor market still often stems from stereotypes: women are said to be weak, hysterical and easily distracted. In her practice, Frankel made women aware of these stereotypes and taught them how to combat them.
In ‘Nice girls don’t get the corner office’ Frankel teaches you in six simple steps how to present yourself as a woman on the labor market. What behavioral changes do you need to make to get that job in a man’s world?
4. I am (Susan Shumsky)
We have to admit that Susan Shumsky ’s book “I am” is a bit floaty. If spirituality doesn’t mean anything to you, another book from this list is probably more suitable for you. It is not without reason that the English version of ‘I am’ has been on the charts of Bol.com and Amazon for years: many people find genuine strength in it. Now that the Dutch version of this book has also been published, we had to include it in our list.
In ‘I am’ you will not find complicated descriptions of how to deal with stress. You will also not read scientific texts. Instead, ‘I am’ is full of healing words that you can read aloud.
The effect of the lyrics in ‘I am’ has been proven in practice. Start reading today to find out what this book can change for your mood.
5. How to find a job (Application doctor)
Once you have prepared yourself mentally and physically, now is the time to enter the job market . The self-help books that change your behavior can now be put away, instead take a book on how to conquer that dream job.
‘This is how you find a job’ , an (e-) book by the Application Doctor, is a practical book with hundreds of application tips. The book was written on the basis of an extensive labor market survey in which thousands of job seekers participated. How did they find a job in your field? You can read it in ‘How to find a job’.