For those seeking one all-inclusive job searching resource, the following authoritative guides offer all the essentials job seekers need to connect with prospective employers.

Columbia University Center for Career Education. (2012-2013). Columbia University career planning guide. Retrieved from

Distinguished as the top university career planning guide at the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2012 meeting, a comprehensive, concise overview of tools, samples, and strategies for developing resumes, curriculum vitaes, cover letters, thank you notes, and LinkedIn profiles is featured in less than 90 pages. Although the guide does not feature sample librarian letters, the guide includes tips that can be translated to any field, such as how to use active verbs in a resume. Special features include sections devoted to building a career network, ethics associated with salary negotiations, approaches to handling challenging interview questions, as well as how to conduct various types of interviews, such as video, phone, and academic. A table of contents directs readers to a specific area of interest from the beginning. The guide does contain advertisements, as well as features exclusive content that applies to the Columbia University community only. Yet, the guide is an excellent starting point and abbreviated version of the all-encompassing job search career guides for new and experienced job seekers.

Yates, M.J. (2012). Knock 'em dead 2013: The ultimate job search guide. Avon, M.A.: Adams Media Corporation.

Call number HFF49.5.16 Y37 2009 is available in Beatley Library for the older edition:

Yates, M.J. (2009). Knock 'em dead 2010: The ultimate job search guide. Avon, M.A.: Adams Media Corporation.

As a New York Times bestselling author and career expert for more than 25 years, Martin Yates, C.P.C. provides updated tips about how job seekers can distinguish themselves from the tough competition in today's marketplace. The book shows how to write a resume by using targeted keywords, as well as how to use social networking techniques and strategies. Salary and benefits negotiation counsel, as well as interview trouble-shootings tips are included. Special features include information about body language, table manners, employer psychological tests, and how to appropriately follow-up after a job interview. Although the lengthy book is 386 pages, a well-defined table of contents is accompanied by a concise chapter summary. The book is published in 63 foreign language editions. As of November 2012, the book is only available in the Kindle format. Older editions are also available in paperback and e-book format. The author also offers resume services, webcasts, and additional career resource information at Knock 'em Dead resume service.