What books should every creative jobseeker read?

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What book(s) would you recommend to jobseekers in the creative field? @Cesardsgns

Books about problem solving, running a business, or creative execution will be the most beneficial to those seeking a creative job, because these are the three pillars that a true designer stands on. Designers must come up with “humanized” solutions to solve business problems. At certain times they must also set aside their artistic expression (to a degree) and balance the need to produce creative work with the importance of providing a service and making a living.

There are literally thousands of how-to-succeed-at-business books, so to save you the headache of an Amazon.com reader-review wormhole, I recommend the following, in no particular order:

The 4-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferris
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell
It's Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, Paul Arden
Be, A.C. Ping (see also his follow ups Do and Faith)

(While you’re at it you might as well pick up a copy of How To Get A Job As a Designer, Guaranteed by yours truly.)

In order to become well-rounded designers, we must understand human behavior. And in order to do that, we must first understand ourselves. These books are a great starting point.

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