Why You Should Use Social Media to Find a Job

Don’t Know Where to Look for Jobs? Try Social Media.

You’ve probably heard the warnings.

“Be careful what you share on social media. The things you post can affect your future.”

Maybe your parents or well-meaning teachers have been telling you this since you first got a cell phone. While they’re not wrong in exercising caution with what you share online–controversial posts can kill your job search–there’s another side to it.

Don’t know where to look for jobs?

Get this:

Social media can HELP get you a job.

Want to know how? I’ll explain:

  • Why LinkedIn is more than just a home for your resume
  • How to take advantage of your network on LinkedIn
  • The reason Instagram can make or break your job search
  • Why social media isn’t a waste of your time after all

Here’s how to make your online presence work for you.

 

How to Find a Job Using Social Media Platforms

Don’t Know Where to Look for Jobs? Try Social Media.

Make LinkedIn a Priority Before You Graduate

Haven’t created your LinkedIn profile yet?

Even if you don’t have tons of job experience (or any) at this point, it’s still worth it to get started on LinkedIn. After all, it’s the #1 place hiring managers and recruiters go to look for candidates.

Simply creating a profile on social media offers more opportunities because you become more visible and appear more credible.  

 

Stand Out with Your Headline & Summary

It’s easy to let your headline go to waste on LinkedIn. Our instincts are to make our headline our current job title…but that’s what everyone else is already doing! In order to stand out, use terms that people are searching for.

For example, if I search for “software engineer student” in the Washington, D.C. area, these are the results:

Don’t Know Where to Look for Jobs? Try Social Media.

These engineer students use their headline to explain they’re actively seeking internships. Which candidates would grab your attention–someone with a descriptive headline or someone who only lists their job title?

Your summary is also another to introduce yourself. Keep it short and sweet, but don’t be afraid to let your accomplishments shine. This is the place where you should brag.

 

Ask for Pro Recommendations

The “Recommendations” section can add a LOT of value to your LinkedIn profile.

Haven’t worked a job yet? That’s okay, you can still use recommendations to your advantage!

Ask your professors if they can write up a brief recommendation on LinkedIn. The classroom counts. Your professors can share their experience with your work performance and most teachers would be happy to help you out as a reference.

You’ve also worked on team projects in the classroom. Ask one of your classmates to provide a recommendation on what it’s like to work with you. Word-of-mouth recommendations are powerful.

(Don’t be like me. For a while, my one recommendation on LinkedIn was from my mom. Super embarrassing. 😳)

For more on how to write an awesome LinkedIn profile, check out this book: Linkedin: Tell Your Story, Land the Job. It breaks down the steps and explains how to get started with networking on the platform.

Want to know more about using social media like Instagram on your job search?

Keep reading.

 

How to Use Instagram to Land a Job After College

Don’t Know Where to Look for Jobs? Try Social Media.

Think using Instagram is all about pretty images?

It’s not. Browsing your feed is a lot of fun but you can also use Instagram to boost your professional image. How’s this? By building your “personal brand” on the platform–especially if you’re in an industry that runs heavy on aesthetics.

When people refer to your personal brand, it just means the way you market yourself online. In this case, you’re marketing yourself to potential employers.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

 

Keep Your Username and Bio Professional

That means it shouldn’t be @xoxo_sarahhh17.

There’s nothing wrong with a cute username, but it probably won’t impress pros who come across your profile. In fact, I’d recommend you create a second account for your personal life and professional image. It’s really easy to switch between profiles inside the app by adding a new account.

Your bio should also include a short statement about the work you do (or are looking to do!)

 

Use All the Hashtags

Hashtags can transform Instagram into a search engine. You can add hashtags to your posts in order to help your profile get found by people AND to hunt for jobs.

You can look for jobs by searching hashtags like:

  • #hiring
  • #nowhiring
  • #jobopening
  • #jobsearch

If you pop in any hashtags into the search on Instagram the app will also suggest several related hashtags, so you can easily find other hashtags that might be useful.

Want additional insight into how to use Instagram for your career? Instagram for Marketing ebook is available and will cost you less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks.

So what does this all mean?

Odds are that you’re already on social media every day. Sometimes all it takes is knowing where to look for jobs and a little creative thinking to stand out. What’s stopping you?

If you need more help, leave us a comment below.

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5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Why is choosing a career so hard?

Even if you think you have it figured out before you get to college, there’s a good chance you’ll change your mind along the way–and that’s totally okay!

The path to success looks different for everyone. If you need help deciding what to do with your life, here are 5 books you should check out to help your career.

 

Now What?: The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career by Nicholas Lore

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Most of us don’t have everything figured out by the time we get to college. Not to mention, college seems to offer endless options that make it even harder to figure out what path we want to take.

According to Nicholas Lore, only 30% of college graduates are satisfied with their careers. His book aims to change that.

Now What? Is a guide written to help you decide what you want to do with your life. The author designed the guide to be 100% interactive with charts, worksheets, and quizzes. (Who doesn’t like taking quizzes?)  The idea behind this being that the more we connect with the book, the more actionable the advice become.

It’s a solid read for a wide range of young adults, from high school students to college students to brand new graduate who’ve already begun their career.

 

Cracking the Tech Career: Insider Advice on Landing a Job at Google, Microsoft, Apple, or any Top Tech Company by Gayle McDowell

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Want to work in tech? Not just any tech company but the TOP ones:

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Snapchat…

The list goes on. But the point is, it’s not easy to make it into these companies. However, with the right approach, you can become a standout applicant.

Gayle McDowell previously wrote another book on how to break into the tech industry back in 2004. She discontinued it and published this version to keep the advice up to date. As an insider to the tech industry herself, the author gives you real-life examples with a straightforward glimpse into the tech culture.

This book provides the advice they don’t teach you in class:

  • How to write your resume
  • What to include in your cover letter
  • The best way to prepare for an interview
  • How to handle your job offer
  • The details on salary negotiation
  • How to map out your long-term career path

Cracking the Tech Career is best suited for current students or brand new graduates. (If you already work in tech, you probably know a lot of the information!)

 

Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life by Roadtrip Nation

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Written by the team behind the documentary Road Trip Nation, this book is a really unique career guide.

The authors acknowledge that it’s totally fine to not understand what we want out of our futures yet–but the main idea behind the book is taking action. Oftentimes, we fail at achieving our dreams only because we take any action on TRYING to accomplish them.

What makes this practical guide so awesome is how they provide you with inspiration with a lists of projects for you to try out. These projects are designed to help you figure out where to start, which is why I love it.

The authors take this big idea–what do you want to do with your life–and explain how we just have to start with baby steps. Those first baby steps will help us figure out what the next baby step is. They offer tons of quotes and examples, but the overall mood of the book is 100% positive.

 

You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career by Katharine Brooks

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Not sure what kind of job you can get with that English degree? There are more opportunities out there besides just teaching.

(Not to say teaching isn’t an incredible field–it definitely is–but you don’t have to feel boxed into that career if it’s not the right fit for you.)

We don’t walk away from college knowing everything. Actually, we don’t walk away from ANY job knowing everything, even with years of experience. Therefore, landing a new job is all about how to market yourself to potential employers.

The author teaches you how to make your education a selling point in job interviews. She explains you simply make your experiences, both personal and professional, relevant to whatever job you’re interviewing for.

This book was written with current college students in mind–students who might not even have their major figured out yet. The questions and exercises here are designed to get you exploring the themes and interests of your life to define your true dreams.

 

Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake

5 Books to Help You Jumpstart Your Dream Career

Jenny Blake is the author of The Life After College and runs a podcast also titled pivot. This read also includes exercises (Are you sensing a pattern? Take action!) but they’re grouped into a 4-step method that’s easy to follow. The author fills the book with detail, anecdotes, and interviews.

A lot of us get started in a career that we thought we wanted, and we realize that the reality wasn’t a part of our dreams. but it’s tough to figure out what we want to change.

Jenny Blake acknowledges that it’s okay for us to change our minds and take a step back before we figure out what’s next.

These exercises are designed to motivate you to take the first step toward deciding where to go next. The action steps push you to do more than just read the book. She wants you to actually take the next step, however small it is.

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Ready to escape the “real world” this summer?

Whether you’re prepping for your next beach vacation or headed to your friend’s backyard pool, nothing beats resting by the water with a good book in hand.

We’ve rounded up some brand new releases (and a couple of classics) to take along with you this year on summer vacation.

Let’s take a look at some of the best summer reads of all time.

 

1. The Perfect Couple – by Elin Hilderbrand

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Elin Hilderbrandoften referred to as “The Queen of the Summer Beach Read”is releasing her latest novel just in time for your summer break this year.

The story starts out with your typical wedding season in Nantucket. But right before the ceremony starts? The soon-to-be bride is murdered and suddenly everyone in the wedding ceremony has become a potential suspect. Hilderbrand’s new book has it all, from mystery and suspense to romance.

 

2. The High Season – by Judy Blundell

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Looking for a book full of laughs? Judy Blundell’s new release is packed with both drama and entertainment.

(If you’re an Elin Hilderbrand fan, you’ll probably enjoy unwinding with this book as well.)

The story follows Ruthie Beamish, a divorced mom with a house in the Hamptons. She rents her beach house to guests each summer so she can continue to afford her beloved home.

Meanwhile, a new guest arrives this year that threatens to steal Ruthie’s entire lifeincluding her friends, family, and ex-husband.

 

3. The High Tide Club – by Mary Kay Andrews

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

This book became an immediate New York Times bestseller when it was released last month.

Are you intrigued by scandal and tales from the glamorous era of dinner parties in the 1940s? You’ll definitely want to take this one along with you on your next trip. Nothing beats the fabulous stories from this bygone era.

Mary Kay Andrews is known for her great summer beach reads, and the story of Josephine Warrickthe eccentric 90-year-old heiressis no exception.

 

4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: A Novel – by Gail Honeyman

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Eleanor Oliphant doesn’t care who it isshe doesn’t want to socialize with anyone.

And she’s perfectly okay with that.

The protagonist of Gail Honeyman’s novel is a relatable character for anyone who has ever felt like they’re the epitome of awkward moments or saying the wrong thing.

Reese Witherspoon is a huge fan of this one! You’ll notice she recommended the novel for her book club pick, but Reese loved it some much she’s planned to turn it into a major movie release.

 

6. When Life Gives You Lululemons – by Lauren Weisberger

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Remember the hit The Devil Wears Prada? Lauren Weisberger authored the infamous book that became the wildly popular filming starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.

She’s back this summer with her latest book…and it follows one of Lauren’s favorite characters from The Devil Wears Prada: ex-assistant Emily Charlton.

Emily has moved on from the world of Vogue to run a PR firm in Hollywood, but she’s run out of clients and needs to sign a new one. Fast. Except after she signs up to represent A-list supermodel Karolina, Emily discovers her latest client is full of shocking behavior and scandal.

 

7. Surprise Me – by Sophie Kinsella

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018

Ever felt like you’ve been in a relationship rut? That’s what happens to Sylvie and Dan.

They’ve been married for 10 years when they start to realize their relationship has is sliding down the slippery slope of TOO comfortable territory.

Fearing they’re at the beginning of a boring marriage, Sylvie and Dan decide to start surprising each other. This light-hearted novel is packed with silliness and humoronce their little surprises start to backfire.

 

7. Tell Me Lies – by Carola Lovering

7 Good Beach Reads for Summer 2018
Excited to finally break free from the home where she grew up, Lucy Albright decides to embrace the wild rollercoaster ride of college life.

It’s everything she had been hoping for…but things quickly turn chaotic when she meets Stephen DeMarco.

They fall for each other fast. However, Lucy knows he’s hiding something. What could Stephen’s big secret be? You’ll have to take this book with you to find out.

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The Best Summer Jobs for College Students in 2018

Best Summer Jobs for College Students in 2018

Can I be totally honest with you?

Getting good grades in college isn’t THE most important goal for an undergraduate student.

Look, graduating with honors is an incredible achievement. If you plan to apply to grad school or continue your education, earning high grades is your main focus. But you know what else is equally valuable, yet less discussed?

Having work experience.

If you’ve never gained any work experience before graduating, you’ll find the job search to be pretty tough. According to the NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey, more than 90% of employers prefer to hire candidates with work experience. 65% of that group prefer candidates to have relevant work experience to the job they’re applying for.   

With this in mind, summer is the perfect time to find a seasonal job. Plus, it never hurts to earn some extra cash!

So what type of work should you look for as a student? Here are 6 summer jobs suited for college students in 2018 (even if you have no experience).

6 Summer Jobs for College Students

Best Summer Jobs for College Students in 2018

1. Tutoring

Tutoring is awesome work for a student. It’s flexible and can pay pretty well for a part-time gig, especially depending on your location. To make your summer job even more beneficial, tutor students in a subject that’s related to your studies.

Tutoring companies are often looking for K-12th grade tutors, and the pay usually starts at $25 per hour. You can also seek tutoring positions for the ACT or SAT exams–these can pay up to $50-60 per hour!

2. Office Temp Job

While working in an office doesn’t sound like a fun summer job, you get the opportunity to add valuable experience to your resume.  Especially if your field will likely lead you to an office job.

There are a ton of positions in any company that works out of an office, but without any experience, you should be looking for temp jobs for entry level positions, like data entry, administrative assistant, or receptionist. You can search for temp agencies in your area or apply to temp jobs on your own search using Indeed, LinkedIn, or even Craigslist.

3. Student Research Assistant

Want to learn on the job and keep your brain refreshed over summer break? Research assistant positions can pay anywhere from $10-18 per hour. You develop skills like communication, critical thinking, and how to analyze data.

If you plan to continue your education after undergrad school, student research assistant jobs look great on your resume.

4. Retail Job

Unless you’re a fashion major, you might be wondering how retail applies to your future. But don’t knock it right away. Retail jobs offer a lot of flexibility, and the summertime is a major hiring season for retailers. Plus, you can quickly move up the ranks in a retail job.

For example, I know a grad student who took a part-time sales position during the semester. She was a hard worker and quickly earned a small promotion. Not even two months later she was offered a temporary management position for the summer.

Retail doesn’t have much to do with this student’s future path, however, she can show growth in a company while speaking to leadership and other transferable skills management offers you.

5. Tech Job

The tech industry is booming–get your foot in the door! Tech jobs don’t have to be about web development and programming (though those are great skills for any graduate to have).

They can vary across a wide range of industries, including marketing, social media, and software engineering. Breaking into the tech industry is a worthwhile opportunity for every job candidate.

6. Internship

It’s not too late to still get that summer internship…if you act fast. Companies are still posting internship opportunities, even though we’re in the first week of June. Check out Indeed.com and LinkedIn.

The upside to this is the hiring process will likely be faster because they’re looking to fill these internship spots–and you win the oppotunity to gain direct experience in your field.

5 Cheap Summer Vacation Trips for College Students

5 Cheap Summer Vacation Trips for College Students

Summer is here. Have you made any vacation plans yet?

While Netflix binges might seem irresistible, you won’t create memories or lasting friendships on the couch. Make this summer your most exciting one yet and build your own adventure!

Don’t think you can afford to take a vacation? I know the feeling, but sometimes a small adventure can become a thrilling experience. You can plan that graduation trip or weekend getaway with your friends, even if you don’t have tons of money to spend.

Here are 5 summer vacation ideas for college students in the US.

 

1. Go Camping

Take a camping trip with your friends for a getaway that everyone can afford. And the best part? You won’t even have to travel far. Every state has national parks you can take advantage of for a short road trip.

Check out the rules for the park you want to visit because each one will vary on the their rules and pricing. I’ve gone camping for as little as $3 for a 3-day parking permit! Of course, major parks like Yellowstone can cost between $30-50 for a parking fee, but split between a group of friends it’s still way cheaper than booking a hotel or cabin.

Borrow a tent or invest in a lightweight tent, like this Amagoing tent (it fits up to 4 people). Tents can get pricey, but if you’re not a serious camper there’s no need to invest in an expensive option. You don’t need much to enjoy the camping experience. Just being surrounded by nature and relaxing with your friends is enough to refresh you from a long semester.

 

2. Tour Your Own City

Chances are, even if you live a major city you’ve never experienced everything it has to offer. It’s easy to put off local activities when you tell yourself you can just visit on another day, or maybe the novelty of some attractions wear off when they become overrun by out-of-towners.

But playing tourist in your own town IS actually cool and budget-friendly. (Not from the city? Take a short road trip to the closest city in your state!)

Make it a weekend escape. You can book a cheap hostel or pitch in on a hotel room with your friends–staying away from home will make the experience feel even more special. Plus, it helps you avoid further procrastination on the idea. You’re not going to waste the money you spent on booking a place to stay…

Afraid some well-known tourist spots might be too expensive? Don’t worry, most attractions offer student discounts.

5 Cheap Summer Vacation Trips for College Students

3. Spend the Day Hiking

Looking for some excitement with your crew this summer? Go on a hike!

Hiking makes an awesome day trip. It’s also an incredible workout…made even better by the fact you barely realize you’re working out. Hiking is practically free. The only tools a beginner needs to bring along are comfortable shoes, water, snacks, and sunscreen.

Research the trails in your area. You might be surprised to discover there are scenic hiking spots right in your backyard. Plan out your route ahead of time to convince your friends to join you on the trail.

4. Plan a Road Trip

Some of my favorite memories from college are linked to roads trips my friends and I took, even if it was just overnight or a 2-day getaway.

Here’s why you should take a road trip:

  • You find new places you probably wouldn’t discover otherwise.
  • Spending hours in a car encourages bonding and fun conversations.
  • You have the opportunity to become more spontaneous.

Still seems expensive? It doesn’t have to be a month-load road trip across the country. There are plenty of destinations in every region. Your road trip can be in your own state or just a few hours down the road. If there’s a group of you, pitch it on a hotel room.

If you’re traveling with one friend? Cut costs by camping out in your car with an air mattress that inflates to fit across the backseat of a car. I used this air mattress for a road trip through Colorado and we loved it.

Just keep in mind one thing. While last-minute decisions and stops along the way are part of the action, you should at least map out some road trip destinations in your region first.

5 Cheap Summer Vacation Trips for College Students

5. Go on a Food Tour

Who doesn’t love good food?

Plan a local “cheap eats” food tour this summer for a cheap trip. You can make one big run of it or spread it out over the summer. A good friend of mine loves the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We made it a point to try as many food destinations from the show as possible in our area a couple of summers ago. Most of them were totally new to us and it felt good to support mom-and-pop restaurants.

Guy Fiere has a bestselling book series based on his show. This edition of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives is great to have on hand for traveling–the print version comes with a pullout map of the US that features every restaurant location.

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

Do you feel the books is always better than the adaptation?

Books have always been a source of inspiration for Hollywood. However, book-to-screen adaptations have exploded on the screen lately. In movies AND tv shows. Your favorite character on that new show you’ve been binge-watching? Their story might have started as a novel first.

And it’s always fun to watch that story come to life…even if you like the book better.

If you’re on the lookout for some summer reading material, here are 5 upcoming movies based on books to add to your list.

Check them out before they hit the theaters this year.

 

1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? By Maria Sample

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

15-year-old Bee lives in Seattle with her unconventional family. Bee is a straight-A student and considers her mom, Bernadette, to be her best friend. The family is in the middle of planning a vacation to Antarctica when Bernadette suddenly goes missing.

This quirky story is told through the eyes of Bee, who is determined to find her mom. The author explores the use of emails, text messages, letters, bills, and medical reports to narrate the story alongside Bee.

Movie release date: October 17, 2018

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Judy Greer, and Kristen Wiig

 

2. The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History by Stephen Talty

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

Want to hear how the mafia emerged? The Black Hand is based on the true story about the beginning of the mob. It dates back to 1903, where there was a clash between Italian and Irish immigrant in New York City.

Even though the book offers a ton of historical context, it reads like a powerful fiction novel. I have to admit, I can’t wait for this one to hit theaters–if the film is anything like the book, it’s guaranteed to thrill viewers.

Movie release date: TBD 2018

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio

 

3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

This international bestseller is perfect as a beach read. Especially if you’re interested in fashion…there are a TON of designer names dropped in here. The book follows Nick and Rachel, as their two-year-long relationship is put to the test by Nick’s family.

They travel to Singapore to visit his elite, wealthy family and what follows is a satire of the mega-rich lifestyle in Singapore. However, the movie version is also drawing a ton of buzz due to it’s all Asian-American cast (which is a first for Hollywood).

Movie release date: August 17, 2018

Starring: Constance Wu, Henry Golding

 

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

Most of us struggle through the beginning of adulthood because we’re overwhelmed with the number of choices in front of us. This classic novel makes this aspect of entering life relatable, whether you’ve ever suffered from depression or not.

I read this book during high school–and plan to revisit it this year before the movie release–and many years later the vivid language still stands out in my mind.

Movie release date: TBD 2018

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Patricia Arquette

 

5. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

5 Upcoming Movies Based on Books in 2018

This compelling memoir describes the ordeal Garrard Conley endured after he came out to his parents at age 19. Born in rural Arkansas, Garrard is the son of a Baptist pastor and was essentially raised in the church.

His parents pressure him to a gay conversion therapy program, rooted in their church beliefs. If he doesn’t complete the program? He’ll lose everything he’s known in life, including his relationships with his friends family.  

Movie release date: September 28, 2018

Starring: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

You’re busy.

We’re all busy.

And it’s tough to find the time to cook. Personally, the last thing I feel like doing after coming home from work is making a big dinner–but I do want to eat! And this often leads to takeout or convenience meals that probably aren’t that healthy….

(They’re probably not even that tasty to be perfectly honest.)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cook a delicious dinner AND still have time left to enjoy the rest of your evening?

I’ve tested out recipes from multiple cookbooks in search of quick and healthy recipes that can fit into any lifestyle. Want to stop letting your busy schedule get in the way of cooking? Here are 8 must-have cookbooks for multiple healthy diets.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet by Jen Fisch

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

You’ve probably heard the keto diet is all the rage right now. Whether you’re already eating a low-fat, high-carb diet or you’re interested in trying it out, this cookbook is an excellent place to start.

I’ve tried the keto diet before, but I didn’t last long. It seemed too difficult and expensive to me. When I wanted to give it another shot this year I spent hours researching the internet. Nothing on the keto diet was consistent!

That’s why I recommend this essential  cookbook for easy healthy eating. The recipes I tried were all easy to execute and full of simple ingredients–meaning going keto doesn’t have to break the bank after all.

 

One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table by Molly Gilbert

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

Let’s face it. Cooking means cleaning up dishes…and that’s a chore most of us can’t stand doing. The less dishes, the better!

I’m constantly on the outlook for recipes that only need one dish. One-pan recipes are my personal favorite because they’re awesome for lazy, healthy home-cooking. Why? All you have to do is prep the food and wait while it transforms into a delicious meal inside your oven.

 

The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook: Easy and Wholesome Meals to Cook, Prep, Grab, and Go by Toby Amidor

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

In a perfect world, we’d be able to prepare dinner every night. But we all have different schedules. Work, family, and other commitments seem to come first. If you know you don’t have the time or energy to fix food everyday, this is for you.

Meal prep recipes are the perfect meals on the go. This cookbook is jam-packed with useful meal prep advice. It includes: over 100 recipes for any meal, weekly grocery shopping lists, and instructions for freezing and reheating your prepared meals.

Those instructions turned out to be even more valuable than I thought. My first meal prep ended up with freezer burn and I spent forever microwaving a frozen dish…

Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (Thug Kitchen Cookbooks) by Thug Kitchen

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

The vegan Thug Kitchen cookbook hit the #1 spot in the New York Times Bestsellers back in 2014–and it continues to be wildly successful today.

This cookbook is accessible to everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner cook or a pro in the kitchen. Based on the popular Thug Kitchen blog, you’ll find mouth-watering recipes for the plant-based diet inside the cookbook. Even if you’re not vegan.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

If you follow food blogs at all, you’ve probably come across Skinnytaste. If you haven’t? Prepare to fall in love with this cookbook.

I’ve tried tons of recipes from her cookbook and not a single dish has been disappointing. Gina takes her favorite meals and “lightens” them up to make them healthier–but you’d never know it from the flavor.

She even has a recipe for chocolate brownies made from black beans. I was skeptical, but they were rich and yummy…with no hint of beans! My coworkers gobbled them up and were in disbelief when I confessed the primary ingredient was beans.

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

Leanne Brown crafted this cookbook for people on a strict food budget. Namely, those who have to survive on food stamps for $4 per day. However, the book is a must-have for healthy food in ANY kitchen.

Whether you’re a college student, young adult, or feeding a family on a tight budget–this book will change your view on how to prepare healthy, flavorful meals. Even better? For every book purchased, one gets donated to a family in need.

The Simply Vegan Cookbook: Easy, Healthy, Fun, and Filling Plant-Based Recipes Anyone Can Cook by Dustin Harder

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

Check out this excellent starter cookbook. It’s for both the new vegan and the longtime vegan who is looking to make a simple recipe. In fact, you don’t even need to be a vegan to enjoy the benefits of adding in a plant-based meal into your rotation.

Me? I’m not a vegan. But I do like to get extra veggies into my diet (and buying veggies can save a little money!) This simple vegan cookbook can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook: 150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig

8 Essential Cookbooks for Busy People

Look no further for healthy food recipes that you can get on the dinner table fast. Nearly all 150 recipes in this cookbook can be made in less than 30 minutes. The Whole30 diet can be time-consuming, which is why Melissa Hartwig set out to create this recipe guide. She made recipes where the ingredients are easy to find and quick to make.

7 Books to Read After College Graduation

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

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Get ready for a rollercoaster of emotions.

You see, once you wrap up that last round of finals this jumble of conflicting emotions starts to sneak up on you.

It begins with a feeling of joy.

There’s a sense of pride from everything you accomplished.

Relief that the frenzy of the last month is winding down.

Then it hits you. Suddenly, college graduation starts to feel bittersweet. After all, you’ve just spent the last four years surrounded by a close group of friends and professors to guide you along the way.

Now what?

Maybe there’s still a summer internship to wrap up or an extensive job search to begin. Either way, the transition from college into the real world can feel pretty overwhelming at times. Whether you’re a recent graduate yourself or know somebody trying to figure it all out, here are 7 must-read books for college grads in 2018.

 

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

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7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

 

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This brand new release from New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Graham, offers life lessons for new graduates on transitioning to adulthood, chasing your dreams, and the significance of what it means to live in the present.

The beloved actress from Gilmore Girls gave a commencement speech at a high school graduation in her hometown; she expanded her well-received speech into this book. It makes a terrific graduation gift, as the short and sweet read makes it easy to digest the advice inside.

“Perform every job as if you’re being well paid, as someone who probably wasn’t paying me well once told me. Which is to say: why not treat yourself now as the success you dream of becoming?”–Lauren Graham

 

Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You by Andy Boyle

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This entertaining life-survival guide is jam-packed with quick, humorous tips to help you get through the awkward period of first becoming an adult.

Comedian Andy Boyle writes in a conversational tone that’s fun and easy for readers to understand. After picking up this book on a whim, I discovered it was surprisingly relatable. It felt like the perfect self-help style for people who normally avoid a traditional book on self-improvement.

 

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps by Kelly Williams Brown

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

Kelly Williams Brown narrates this light-hearted blueprint on navigating the adult word as a 20-something.

At first glance, a lot of the advice in here might seem like common sense. However, it turned out to be full of useful reminders like how to be taken seriously at work and what to check for when you’re renting an apartment.

Overall, it’s an amusing read for graduates who are still in the process of figuring out how to do things alone.

“A big part of being a well-adjusted person is accepting that you can’t be good at everything.”–Kelly Williams Brown

 

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

This wildly popular book has been on the list of best sellers since it was released nearly 5 years ago.

The author’s bold, irreverent writing style has made the book fall into two categories: you either love it or hate it. (Note: if you can’t stand swearing, I’d recommend skipping this one)

It’s less of an adulthood guide and more about how to create the life you want–whether that’s making a certain level of income or just pursuing your dreams.

 

The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop by David Bowers

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

David Bowers wrote the crash course in over 200 life skills (to help college grads get through adulting).

This modern guide features DIY repairs on everything from your kitchen to your car–including tips on how to boil an egg, how to fix your plumbing problems, and how to make your bed. It’s a little bit of everything for the person moving into their first apartment or home.

Do we really need a book on how long to boil an egg? Judging from the number of times I’ve searched for that on Google over the last few years, most of today’s graduating class probably doesn’t know the answer to that question either.

 

The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

Written with loads of actionable advice, this career guide is a must-read for today’s 20-something who is in pursuit of a truly meaningful career. The author’s writing style is both motivating and inspirational—without crossing the line into cliches.

 

Lean In for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are by Sheryl Sandberg

7 Best Books for Recent College Graduates in 2018

College teaches you a ton. But one thing it misses out on? Teaching graduates how to find their first job in the real world. It can be a terrifying experience.

Sheryl Sandberg authored this groundbreaking guidebook for women on navigating the journey into a career; it’s loaded with advice that breaks down every step of the job hunt. You’ll find out how to negotiate a salary, write a resume, and what to say during a job interview.

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever noticed your heart racing?

Or experienced a sleepless night?

Maybe you’re distracted by worries about a major project that’s coming up at school or work.

People with anxiety feel like this 24/7. It’s a tough topic to discuss, but statistics show that anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the US. Nearly 20% of the popular suffers from anxiety–and it’s a growing issue facing college students.

Even if you don’t experience some form of anxiety yourself, chances are you know a loved one who does.

Fortunately, there are many approaches to treatment. You don’t have to enter therapy if you want to learn how to overcome stress and anxiety.

Here are 5 great books to check out first:

Badass Ways to End Anxiety & Stop Panic Attacks by Geert Verschaeve

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Have you ever been offered advice on how to treat anxiety?

Often you’ll hear people suggest breathing techniques, prescription medicines, and learning mindfulness. These might help the average person calm down, but for someone with anxiety, treatment becomes more complex.

Readers have described this book as life-changing. The author spent nearly 15 years dealing with the crippling effects of intense anxiety and panic attacks. In this time, he learned the best approach for ending anxiety was a mix of science and retraining your brain with techniques.

If you want practical advice full of compelling examples, you’ll enjoy this read. Verschaeve draws you into his story in a way that feels like he’s speaking directly to you.

 

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind by Jennifer Shannon, LFMT

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

Looking for a quick read? You’ll probably love this book. It takes the psychology-based ideas of CBT and breaks down technical terms into a guide that’s easy to understand. You’ll be able to empathize with others who do experience constant worrying, even if you don’t deal with it yourself.

Written by a psychotherapist, this book offers a humorous outlook on easing anxiety with cognitive behavior therapy (or CBT). Jennifer Shannon provides exercises and fun illustrations to help you challenge the thoughts that make you anxious. In fact, you might discover how “the monkey mind” affects you more often than you realized.

 

The Art of Fear: Why Conquering Fear Won’t Work and What To Do Instead by Kristen Ulmer

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

This book is less focused on anxiety as a mental illness and more on the emotions of fear–something we ALL deal with at some point in our lives. Kristen Ulmer was once known as one of the best extreme skiers in the world for over a decade. She writes from the perspective of performing incredibly dangerous feats…daily! Extreme athletes seem superhuman when you watch them execute crazy tricks, so it’s really interesting to read about fear from Kristen’s point of view.

She explores a mindfulness tool called “Shift” to teach you how to embrace fear and transform your relationship with the feeling. It’s a fresh way to look at how accepting fear can take you places in life you never imagined.

 

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

If you’re looking for straight-up advice, this isn’t the book for you. However, I wanted to include it for those of you who have friends or family who are trying to figure out how to overcome anxiety.

This bestselling memoir is well-researched and written from a personal perspective. It’s one of those reads that you won’t be able to put down. The author shares his emotional and gripping story on how phobias crippled him throughout life. You’ll leave with a deep understanding of how anxiety affects you (or your loved ones).

 

Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal: A Creative Way to Let Go of Anxiety and Find Peace by Lori Deschene

5 Powerful Books to Read for Overcoming Stress and Anxiety

This interactive journal is perfect for creatives who want a hands-on way to deal with their stress. You won’t find a novel here, but it’s a fun workbook that’s made to help you relax and live in the present.

Written by the author of the popular website Tiny Buddha, this journal is jam-packed with inspiration that includes quotes, prompts, questions, and pages you can even color and doodle on..

According to the American Art Therapy Association, creating artwork offers a ton of benefits–it doesn’t have to be good either. If you’ve ever struggled to practice meditation, coloring is also considered an excellent way to achieve stress relief from mindfulness.

The six best travel books

This may nоt be уоur typical list of travel books but these books inspired me to расk my bags and visit distant lаndѕ. Whеnеvеr you are in need of inspiration, you can pick any of these books uр аnd get mоtіvаtеd to travel and explore all over again!

Travels by Michael Crichton

The ассlаіmеd author chronicles his travels as a young student as he battled the mаnу сhаllеngеѕ travellers today don’t have to contend wіth. Hіѕ jоurnеу takes him up Kilimanjaro and around the world with both laughter and tears.

Eat, Pray, Lоvе bу Elizabeth Gilbert

Before it was an inspiring movie this was аn іnѕріrіng book. You can literally taste the delicious Italian food аnd fееl thе spirituality as the protagonist seeks “the meaning of life” on a jоurnеу through Italy, Indіа аnd Bаlі. The book hаѕ great descriptions of the foods she tries and the cultures ѕhе еnсоuntеrѕ.

 

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson

This іѕ juѕt оnе оf Bill Bryson’s entertaining travel books. It’s one of those books whеrе уоu find yourself laughing out loud, even if you’re reading on the bus! The аuthоr has a hilarious sense of humor and always ѕееѕ the funnу ѕіdе of foreign cultures and sites. Anоthеr of Bryson’s great books іѕ Smаll Island which takes a quirky look at Britain.

The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway

I wonder hоw mаnу trаvеlеrѕ have gone to the Pamplona’s running of the bulls because of this book. I certainly would wаnt to. Hemingway’s classic tale of the bullfighting aficionados conjured up the ѕоundѕ, ѕmеllѕ and spirit of this unique Spanish festival.

The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux

Having bееn forced tо read Theroux’s The Mosquito Coast at university, which put me off ever trаvеllіng tо Cеntrаl America, I then discovered his other nоvеlѕ. Theroux travelled by train from the UK to Japan and his account of this jоurnеу became a сlаѕѕіс travel book. His 4 month trip took him on many of thе mоѕt famous rail routes in the world including the Trаnѕ-Sіbеrіаn Railway. He went on to write оthеr grеаt train journey books.

Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen

OK so thіѕ іѕn’t аn obvious travel book choice, as it focuses on food, but the setting and the dеlісіоuѕ Frеnсh fооd described in the book inspired me to visit Dеnmаrk. Bаbеttе arrives as a refugee in a remote village on Jutlаnd, Denmark. 14 уеаrѕ later she wins the lоttеrу and dесіdеѕ to spend all her winnings on preparing a French fеаѕt fоr the аuѕtеrе and modest community. Incredible French flavors and austere Danish lаndѕсареѕ ѕееm like a world away.