5 Books To Prepare You For Life After College

Graduating from college is one of the most important—and most terrifying—experiences in a young person’s life. It is representative of more than 16 years of preparation, hard work, and learning. For many, it’s also the beginning of a new chapter, one in which you will likely be on your own for the very first time, with endless possibilities set before you. It can be an exciting, if not overwhelming experience. If only there was a set guide for what to do after college…

Lucky for you, there’s Scribd. 

We’ve collected five of our favorite books for navigating life after college, including tips on how to make a resume, how to write a cover letter, and how to land your dream job.


There Is Life After College

Author Jeffrey Selingo tackles the tough questions about life after college, including the difficulty of transitioning to post-college life, the importance of learning to market your skills, and tips on surviving the current educational and economic stalemate. There Is Life After College gives recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to find jobs, build careers, and navigate a new found sense of freedom and adulthood. 


The Resume Handbook

Did you know that only one interview is given for every 250 resumes received? That’s why it’s so important to have a resume that can capture attention, communicate ability, and stand out from the crowd. For a recent graduate, building a resume might be difficult— especially since many graduates may not have made a resume in the past—but The Resume Handbook gives readers the tips and tricks they’ll need to make a resume that will impress recruiters and win interviews.


The Resume and Cover Letter Phrase Book

When applying to a new job, it’s important to include a cover letter that is captivating, succinct, and practical. It may sound easy, but it’s actually extremely difficult (especially for recent graduates). The Resume and Cover Letter Phrase Book offers advice on how to use language to land the perfect job. It’s a fantastic guide to beefing up your resume, writing the perfect cover letter, or simply learning the language of the professional world. 


The Public Speaker’s Guide to Ace Your Interview

Once you’ve mastered building the perfect resume and writing an engaging cover letter, it’s time to prepare for the interview. Who better to teach you than a professional public speaker? Lisa Marshall—one of the top public speakers in the world—offers the tools needed to improve your communication skills and build confidence for in-person interviews. When you graduate college, you’ll be entering a market that is already highly competitive, which is why interviewing skills are more important than ever.


Day Job to Dream Job

It’s always the right time to find your dream job, even if you are fresh out of college. No matter what anyone tells you, you should always try and find a job that you love. In Day Job to Dream Job, author and life coach Kary Oberbrunner teaches readers how to find and go after their dream job. It’s the perfect book for anyone interested in overcoming self doubt and finding success.

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