I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your higher education, job search to improving productivity needs. I’ll will be updating this list as I learn more. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I recommend the products because I believe in them. And I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
- ISO Students Health Insurance: If you have an option to buy health insurance on your own, then consider ISO Health Insurance. Watch the Here’s a video interview I did with Niraj from ISO Team when I met him at NAFSA Annual Conference in San Diego.
- Visitors Coverage: Buy Health Insurance for H1B, OPT, STEM OPT, B1/B2 Travelers and Visitors to the U.S.A. I purchased Patriot America Plus for my parents when they visited us.
International Students Taxes
- SprinTax: International Students and Scholars on F1, J1 Visa can file U.S. Taxes using SprinTax platform.
- Resume Passion: Resume written by a certified professional is better than resume you put it together. Plus, you can’t beat the price (less than $100). Big name resume writers give you a questionnaire, here they would call and speak to you. 5% coupon is included.
- Resume Edge: If you want to pay more for your resume, then go with Resume Edge. I have recommended Resume Edge for few years now and happy with their results well.
- Blue Sky Resume : Blue Sky resume is Higher End Resume writing service. You will get more personal attention from the Expert Resume Writers. Expect to pay upwards of $400.
- Job Search Boot Camp : 7 Days Getting Hired boot Camp. Course via email. 100% Free.
- Knock ’em Dead : The Ultimate Job Search Guide : I know this book and have used this book for my job interview. Job interview skills i have acquired comes from this book. If you are serious about finding a job and mastering your job interview, buy this book now and start reading it passionately.
- What Color Is Your Parachute? : A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters : I had 3 different editions of this book and gave it to friends. This books combined with Knock’em Dead is a Must Have for any job seekers.
- Best TOEFL Test Prep Books: Read this blog post about Best TOEFL Book reviews.
- Best GMAT Books: Read this blog post about GMAT Test prep book reviews.
Books Young Professionals
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Every College grad and young professional should read to figure out how to navigate early stages of your career.
- I will Teach You to be Rich: Financial skills that I have today was in part due to direct influence from Ramit’s Book.
- What Best College Students Do: The creative, successful people profiled in this book—college graduates who went on to change the world we live in—aimed higher than straight A’s. They used their four years to cultivate habits of thought that would enable them to grow and adapt throughout their lives.
- The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich: Awesome Book about lifestyle design. How can you work only 4 hours per week, enjoy life and sill make ton of money. I own this book.
- Outliers: Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? I own this book and learned about “10,000 hour Rule”
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- Name Cheap: Buy your domain name here. Costs about $10 per year for .com domain name
- A Small Orange: Website Hosting Provider ( cheap and easy to setup). From $5 per month for a smaller hosting plan.
- Genesis Framework for WordPress: Happy Schools Blog is used to be powered by Genesis Theme for WordPress. It’s easy to use and no coding experience is required.
- WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. Free and easily to customize. ( this is free ).