Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Career resources & Interview prep

This Research Guide will help students prepare for job or internship interviews.

Review books for more in-depth advice on careers and interviewing

Below are a mix of print and e-books from the JMU Libraries collection about career exploration, job hunting, and interviewing. 

E-books can be read on your computer or tablet. You just need your e-ID/password to open them.

Print books can be borrowed at no cost from Rose or Carrier Library using your JACard. 

Books about Career Exploration

Networking Like a Pro

In this comprehensive guide, you'll discover strategies that go beyond collecting business cards and turn networking into a profitable resource for your business. Dive into this book and discover how the most successful net-workers leverage their brand, expertise, and customers to achieve greatness in life.

Networking for People Who Hate Networking, Second Edition

Zack politely examines and then smashes to tiny fragments the "dusty old rules" of standard networking advice. She shows how the very traits that make many people hate networking can be harnessed to forge an approach more effective and user-friendly than traditional techniques. This edition adds new material on applying networking principles in personal situations, handling interview questions, following up--what do you do with all those business cards?--and more.

Shaping Your Career

This book offers you: The resources, tips, and strategies to develop a strong, healthy career as a faculty member .

Entering Startupland

Inside this book you'll find: A tour of typical startup roles to help you determine which one might be the best fit for you, profiles of startup executives across many different functions who share their stories and describe their responsibilities, a methodology to identify and evaluate startups and position yourself to find the opportunity that's right for you.

Career Match

Never before in history has there been such an eclectic variety of money-making opportunities and cutting-edge vocations than there are in today's marketplace. There is no need to settle! And when you find the career that fits your personality, you'll discover that the work hours you once begrudged with every fiber of your being now bring you tremendous satisfaction and success.

The New Rules of Work

Build your personal brand, and communicate exactly how you can contribute and why your experience is valuable in a way that is sure to get the attention of your dream employer. Then ace every step of the interview process, from getting a foot in the door to negotiating your offer.

Books about Job Hunting

LinkedIn for Dummies

LinkedIn is the premiere social network for professionals looking to discover new opportunities, enhance personal branding, connect with other professionals, and make career advancements.

What Color Is Your Parachute? 2018

This revised edition combines classic elements like the famed Flower Exercise with updated tips on social media and search tactics. Bolles demystifies the entire job-search process, from writing resumes to interviewing to networking, expertly guiding job-hunters toward their dream job.

Resumes That Work

In this book, you will learn what employers really want to see on a resume, and the critically important things that you need to put in your resume that will land you your next job. You will also learn how to use social media to network, and to reach the right decision makers who hire.

Knock 'em Dead 2017

Whether you're looking for a first job, re-entering the market, or planning a career change, Yate's unique Target Job Deconstruction method provides you with a roadmap to professional success utilizing the latest job-search strategies for the digital age. This new edition of his classic guide explains everything from building a keyword-rich online profile to social media networking to accepting an offer.

Books about Interviewing

Lose the Resume, Land the Job

Lose the Resume, Land the Job helps you score the positions that align with your passion and match your attributes -- and that will put you on a trajectory toward bigger and better things.

Case in Point 9

The author takes you inside a typical interview by exploring the various types of case questions and he shares with you the acclaimed Ivy Case System which will give you the confidence to answer even the most sophisticated cases.

101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview, 4th Edition

Don't become tongue-tied during the most crucial phase of the interview process. 101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview is for every job candidate who thinks the question "Do you have any questions for me?" marks the end of an interview.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions, 25th Anniversary Edition

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions is a manual that will help you home in on exactly what the interviewer is trying to learn - with each and every question he or she asks.