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Job Search Advice from the Cat in the Hat

Career Inspiration from Dr. Seuss

Posted: March 02, 2017

Happy Read Across America day! Celebrate reading by taking a break from your job hunt and indulging in these five motivational Dr. Seuss books from your childhood.

Horton Hears a Who

horton hears a who book cover

GoodReads

Talent is talent, no matter how small. Wherever you fall on the corporate ladder, you can bring unique value and profit to your organization. Figure out what that value is and use it to your advantage with the personal SWOT analysis worksheet.

Green Eggs and Ham

green eggs and ham book cover

NPR

Will you work on a train? How about in the rain? Stay open to a wide range of job types, even if they look a little unappetizing at first. You never know where you’ll find your dream job!

If I Ran the Circus

if i ran the circus book cover

GoodReads

Job applications are all about imagining yourself in different situations. If you were a hiring manager, would your resume merit an interview? If you already worked at the company, what business solutions would you establish to boost productivity? Get creative and start thinking outside the box!

The Cat in the Hat

the cat in the hat book cover

Scholastic

The cat tries to win the children’s interest by demonstrating his many talents… while wearing his silly trademark hat. When it’s your turn to convince a hiring manager to take an interest in you, make sure your interview outfit matches the role you’re applying for (note: it probably isn’t a tall striped chef’s hat).

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

oh the thinks you can think book cover

Random House

Don’t limit yourself to the path you’re on right now. Maybe it’s time to break out of the traditional mold and change careers. Do you have an interest in computer programming but don’t know where to start? A passion for real estate you never pursued? Think big and get to work on making your career change happen!

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

i can read with my eyes shut book cover

GoodReads

Employers love lifelong learners. Keep up-to-date on industry trends, become familiar with new technologies, or just refresh your skillset with some professional development. It’ll not only make you a great new hire, but can also put you in position for quick promotion. Don’t have time to pick up a course at your local community college? Try an online course to make continuing education fit your schedule.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

oh the places you'll go book cover

Scholastic

Wrapping up the job seeker’s Read Across America book list is an age-old favorite for people jumping into the unknown. This crowd-pleaser isn’t just for job seekers (or recent graduates), though. Even if your career’s stuck in a rut, you’ve been out of employment for a while, or you just need a little pick-me-up, this book is sure to make you smile and get back on your feet.

 

Whatever you do, don’t give up! If Red Fish company didn’t work out, start working on an application for Blue Fish across town. You perfect match is out there; you just need to find it.

Erin Coursey, iHire
Posted by: Erin Coursey, iHire
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