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Best Money Books for New College Graduates

Mark Kantrowitz

October 07, 2010

Jobs and Careers

The following are classic books about getting a job and growing your career.

What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles ($18.99, 368 pages, 2011). The best-selling job-hunting book of all time.

When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent Graduates To Know by Nancy Barry ($24.95, 184 pages, 2007). Discusses other job skills not taught in college, such as business etiquette and professionalism, being a team player and dealing with difficult colleagues.

Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle’s-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams ($14.95, 352 pages, 1997). A fun and insightful look at workplace antics.

The following two books are focused on career management, including finding and keeping a job and planning that leads to a successful career.

Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World by Lindsey Pollak ($13.99, 320 pages, 2007).

Grad to Great: Discover the Secrets to Success in Your First Career by Anne Brown and Beth Zefo ($18.50, 173 pages, 2007).

Saving for Retirement

The following book is focused solely on retirement planning.

Saving for Retirement without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery by Gail MarksJarvis ($18.99, 272 pages, 2007). A good guide to saving for retirement. It gives you tools to determine how much you’ll need, how to set up a retirement plan, how to pick the right investments, and a review of safe investing strategies.

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