5 Surprising Ways Reading Is Useful For Your Job Search
Did you know that February is widely recognized as National Reading Month?While we should be reading year-round — whether it’s keeping up with our profession and industry news or reading the classics or contemporary best sellers — this month is a special time for folks of all ages to sit down and read an old favorite or a new literary gem.
Reading is clearly valuable for just about anyone for a variety of reasons, but what about the job seeker?How can reading help your job search? I’ve found five solid ways any job seeker can read their way into a new job.
NetworkWe’ve all heard of book clubs. Little old ladies reading the latest romance novel over tea and crumpets, right? Not so fast.
There are book clubs of all sizes and types for different people and for different genres of literature. Book clubs are one of the many ways a job seeker can network without being in a “professional networking” situation.
Augment your verbosityThat’s right, in addition to increasing your personal vocabulary, reading can also help you de-stress, improve analytical thinking and memory recall, and even make you smarter. When you’re not regularly exercising your brain with the day-to-day tasks that work offers, picking up a book to keep your mental faculties at work is especially important.
Seek adviceThis one is probably the most obvious. There are hundreds of books at your local bookstore waiting to share the latest and greatest job search tips and tactics with you. Many job search tips are even focused on your specific industry, so there is advice out there for you.
Brag about itIn a world where the average person publicizes what they had for breakfast on Twitter, it’s OK to brag about what you’re currently reading. Feel free to name drop what you’re reading online or in your next interview. Employers want to see that candidates are well-rounded and actively seeking knowledge. Apply what you learn in your reading to current events in your industry and post your thoughts in relevant forums.
Follow a pathHead on over to your favorite local bookstore and find the biographies and memoirs section. These shelves hold hundreds of true stories from people worth looking up to. Read up on the trials of someone you already admire or study someone new.
Tony Morrison is the Vice President of Business Development at Cachinko, a unique professional community where social networking and job opportunities come together. His roles include sales, marketing, and business development. He is passionate about building B2B and B2C client relationships and brings this passion to Cachinko where he focuses on helping job seekers to find their ideal job and employers to find, attract, and engage their next rock star candidates. Find him on Twitter and Talent Connection. And, connect with Cachinko on Facebook or Twitter.Source: A Hire Calling (http://s.tt/15Ctu)
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