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February 19, 2021
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100+ Best Career Books for Job Search and Professional Success

Your professional journey is continuously changing and evolving. A career journey is never without surprises or changes along the way. Strategies that are applicable now may not be as effective in the coming years, while some career tools stand the test of time. 

To cope with your career path’s evolution, you need to be armed with the right wisdom along the way. Whether you are just beginning your journey, at the middle, or the peak, or the tail end of your professional life — there is always something left to learn for you to survive and thrive. 

Having an arsenal of quality books will help you know what to do at any stage of your career. 

Here is a Comprehensive List of 100+ Best Career Development Books:

  1. Career Distinction
  2. The 2-Hour Job Search
  3. A Foot in the Door
  4. KNOWN
  5. The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide
  6. Entrepreneurial You
  7. Self as Coach, Self as Leader
  8. Find Your Yellow Tux
  9. 60 Seconds and You’re Hired!
  10. Born for This
  11. The Passion Economy
  12. Executive Toughness
  13. 80,000 Hours
  14. Software Developer Life
  15. Seeing the Big Picture
  16. Leave Your Mark
  17. Rise
  18. The Sensible Guide to a Career in Project Management in 2016
  19. Ready For A Career Change?
  20. The Professor Is In
  21. Repurpose Your Career
  22. Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook – The Ultimate Career Planning Tool
  23. The Career Upgrade Roadmap
  24. Turn Right
  25. Boss Bitch
  26. Passion Projects for Smart People
  27. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
  28. LinkedIn for Students, Graduates, and Educators
  29. Career, Content, Community
  30. How to Ace a Job Interview
  31. Advance
  32. The Strategic Career
  33. Interview Prep Playbook
  34. Career Magic
  35. Road Map to Your Job
  36. Smart & Savvy
  37. Best Job Ever!
  38. How to Start a Business Analyst Career 
  39. Mploy
  40. The Academic Hustle
  41. Career Theory, Development, and Appraisal
  42. I Hate Mondays
  43. Travel Career Development
  44. The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide
  45. Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  46. Total Sportscasting
  47. The Career Playbook
  48. Career Development and Counseling
  49. The Career Coaching Handbook
  50. Smart Questions
  51. Workarounds That Work
  52. Cut the Crap, Get a Job!
  53. Ponytale Talk
  54. How to Interview
  55. Take Charge of Your Legal Career
  56. The First 20 Hours
  57. The Right Moves
  58. Career Development
  59. Careers in Health Information Technology
  60. A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments
  61. X-Factor for Generation Y
  62. Career Development for Today
  63. Nursing Career Development
  64. Career Errors
  65. Career and College Readiness Counseling in P-12 Schools
  66. Next-Gen Ph.D.
  67. Career Match
  68. Career Development All-in-One for Dummies 
  69. InspiredWork
  70. Careers in Student Affairs
  71. Career Anchors
  72. Career Directions
  73. Feedback (and Other Dirty Words)
  74. Get a Grip
  75. The Third Door
  76. Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning
  77. Fit Matters
  78. Careers! Professional Development for Retailing and Apparel Merchandising
  79. The Start-up of You
  80. Career Paths
  81. Foundations of Career Counseling
  82. Career Development: A Human Resource Development Perspective
  83. Creating Career Success
  84. Wabi-Sabi at Work
  85. Career Development in Childhood and Adolescence
  86. The Playwright’s Workout
  87. The Career Adventure
  88. Career Development Across the K-16 Years
  89. The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development 
  90. The Power of Now
  91. Who Moved My Cheese?
  92. Leading with the Heart
  93. I Can’t Accept Not Trying
  94. What It Takes to Be #1
  95. Lose the Resume, Land the Job
  96. Questions Are the Answer
  97. Wait, What?
  98. Extreme You
  99. What To Do When Machines Do Everything
  100. Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
  101. Modern Etiquette for a Better Life
  102. Find Your Why
  103. Deep Work
  104. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
  105. Mastery
  106. Big Magic
  107. Pitch Anything


1. Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand

 

Career Distinction - Stand Out by Building Your Brand by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson

Building your brand is not just about the logos and the slogans, it is actually making a name for yourself that wiyour target audience will remember. And while it does sound very easy to do, there are a lot of things needed to build and communicate an effective brand. 

In their book Career Distinction: Stand Out by Building Your Brand, William Arruda, and Kirsten Dixson explains how people can build their brand that will effectively represent what you stand for and catch the attention of the people who believe in this. 

They divide the entire process into three simple steps: unearth your unique promise of value, communicate your brand to your target audience, and manage your brand environment. 



2. The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster

The 2-Hour Job Search - Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster by Steve Dalton

  • Author: Steve Dalton
  • Best for: Job seekers looking to forge ahead of the competition.

Gone are the days where you wander around the streets of a business district, going from building to building to apply for a job. With the internet, you can pave the way for your career path from the comforts of your home with just one click. 

Steve Dalton says you can even do it in just two hours. In his book, The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster, Dalton talks about how to get a job and land an interview through a “prescriptive approach”. 

His book focuses on this systematic formula for maximum efficiency to secure your first interview. 



3. A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market

A Foot in the Door - Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market by Katharine Hansen

  • Author: Katharine Hansen
  • Best for: Anyone who wants to improve their networking game.

If you don’t believe in networking or if you opt not to make connections to advance your career, then this book is going to change your perspective. 

With people like this in mind, Katharine Hansen wrote a guide on how to finally get people to open up and excel in networking. In her book A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way Into the Hidden Job Market, she talks about valuable advice about confidence-building for the shy or intimidated and a comprehensive guide to informational interviewing. 

The book aims to give its readers concrete and practical guide to the nuts and bolts of networking through an easy-to-understand, step-by-step approach. 



4. KNOWN: The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age

KNOWN - The Handbook for Building and Unleashing Your Personal Brand in the Digital Age by Mark W. Schaefer

  • Author: Mark W. Schaefer
  • Best for: People who want to make a name for themselves.

Building a reputation for yourself and your brand is often one of the key goals in the professional world. While this is hard enough, the cutthroat world of the digital space makes it even harder for brands to stand out. 

Mark Schaefer, in his book KNOWN: The handbook for building and unleashing your personal brand in the digital age, talks about the importance of being “known” in your industry. 

He tells his readers that they can achieve this if they follow the four steps he has outlined for success: knowing your place, determining your space, finding your fuel, and creating an actionable audience. 



5. The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide

The Complete Software Developers Career Guide by John Sonmez

  • Author: John Sonmez
  • Best for: People who want to succeed in the tech world.

Information technology is a fairly new industry in the professional world. Yet, it has been one of the most successful in building its empire and changing the world. Think about Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc. 

In his book, The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide, John Sonmez says that in the tech world, technical knowledge is not enough to stand out and succeed. 

He says while you have the best tech skills in your arsenal, you would still have to learn the soft skills like the ability to learn new technologies just in time, communicate clearly with management and consulting clients, negotiate a fair hourly rate, and unite teammates and coworkers in working toward a common goal to succeed. 



6. Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive

Entrepreneurial You - Monetize Your Expertise Create Multiple Income Streams and Thrive by Dorie Clark

  • Author: Dorie Clark
  • Best for: People who want to take the leap from employee to entrepreneur.

In her book Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive, Dorie Clark provides a blueprint to make money off of doing what you love and gain professional independence.

She shares insights about brand-building, turning expertise into earnings, and extending your online presence through stories of entrepreneurs from all walks of life: consultants, coaches, podcasters, bloggers, and online marketers, and even those who have generated six- and seven-figure incomes.

This book is built for people who have great skills and ideas but need help in figuring out how to get started and how to succeed.



7. Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others

Self as Coach, Self as Leader - Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others by Pamela McLean

  • Author: Pamela McLean
  • Best for: People who want to cultivate the leader in them.

Through clinical and organizational psychology Pamela McLean uses “holistic methods” to coach her readers through seeing themselves as leaders. In her book Self as Coach, Self as Leader: Developing the Best in You to Develop the Best in Others, McLean gives a framework for readers to get to know themselves, explore their layers and foster their abilities so that they, too, can foster the abilities of others.

The book guides the readers to the six dimensions of their internal landscape. This, according to McLean, lasting improvements, unlike performance-based programs, which often only function as short-term solutions.



8. Find Your Yellow Tux: How to Be Successful by Standing Out

Find Your Yellow Tux - How to Be Successful by Standing Out by Jesse Cole

  • Author: Jesse Cole
  • Best for: People who are not afraid to be different. 

Why struggle so hard to fit into society’s norms when you can embrace yourself, stand out, and have fun? This is what Jesse Cole wants to tell his readers. In his book Find Your Yellow Tux: How to Be Successful by Standing Out, he uses the analogy of a yellow tux as a symbol of breaking the mold and being different from the crowd. 

His book has three main parts: Yellow Tuxing Yourself, Yellow Tuxing your Business, and Yellow Tuxing your Legacy. 

Overall, through a combination of life stories from himself and other people, Cole tells his readers to not be afraid, take the risk and dare to be different. 



9. 60 Seconds and You’re Hired!

60 Seconds and You're Hired by Robin Ryan

  • Author: Robin Ryan
  • Best for: People looking for strategies to get hired quickly.

Being hired should not take a lot of time if you know the right things to do and the right things to say, Robin Ryan says. In her book 60 Seconds and You’re Hired!, she says whether you are fresh from college, getting a new job to move up the corporate ladder, or reentering the market, she offers strategies to get the job you deserve. 

Among the unique techniques in her book include more than 100 answers to tough interview questions, the questions you should always ask, interview pitfalls to avoid, and negotiation techniques for higher salaries. 

Ryan draws from her 20 years of experience as a career counselor, 30 years of direct hiring, and extensive contact with hundreds of recruiters, decisions makers, and HR professionals. 



10. Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do

Born for This - How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

  • Author: Chris Guillebeau
  • Best for: People who are struggling to find their calling.

Did you ever feel like you’re in a job that just does not feel right? Or you’re on a path that you’re not excited about where you are heading? Then this book may help you realign your goals.

In his book Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do, Chris Guillebeau promises his readers guidelines and tips on how to find the path to where they were meant to be based on your passion and desires in life. 

Among the chapters included in his book are about always betting on yourself, how to make side hustles work, how to start making your empire, and how to pursue the right opportunities among others. 



11. The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century

The Passion Economy - The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century by Adam Davidson

  • Author: Adam Davidson
  • Best for: People who want to thrive in the modern professional world.

So much has changed in the job market, and it is still constantly changing, it is almost too hard to catch up. Because of the constant change, job seekers become intimidated and scared and lose confidence in the skills they currently have. 

Adam Davidson’s book The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century gives his reader reassurance that it is possible to catch up with the waves of the twenty-first century and still thrive. 

He says that though the adjustment has brought measures of dislocation, confusion, and even panic, these are most often the result of a lack of understanding. 



12. Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance

Executive Toughness - The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance by Jason Selk

  • Author: Jason Selk
  • Best for: People who want to improve their mental strength. 

In the corporate world, mental toughness is one of the things that could keep your career steadily going upwards. A clear head and a sound judgment is a valuable trait to carry. 

If you want to improve your mental strength, then Jason Selk’s book may be for you. Entitled Executive Toughness: The Mental-Training Program to Increase Your Leadership Performance, the book outlines steps on how to hone your mental strength and use this for the enhancement of your career. 

Among the things that Selk talks about in his book include the foundation of mental toughness, developing accountability, improving execution and consistency, and overcoming obstacles along the way. 



13. 80,000 Hours: Find a Fulfilling Career That Does Good

80,000 Hours - Find a Fulfilling Career That Does Good by Benjamin Todd

  • Author: Benjamin Todd
  • Best for: People looking for practical ways on how to improve their relationship with their profession.

The book is entitled 80,000 hours: Find a fulfilling career that does good because it is based on the premise that an average person spends 80,000 hours in his or her career: 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 40 years. This means that it is a big chunk of a person’s life and that it will be a waste if people continue to blindly go through the motions without feeling fulfilled in their careers. 

Authored by Benjamin Todd, the book is based on research on how to find a career you enjoy, you’re good at, and that tackles the world’s most pressing problems. 



14. Software Developer Life: Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories

Software Developer Life - Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories by David Xiang

  • Author: David Xiang
  • Best for: People who are interested in developing a career around software development.

In his book Software Developer Life: Career, Learning, Coding, Daily Life, Stories, New York-based developer David Xiang gives a sneak peek at how life is in the information technology industry. His book aims to guide prospective software developers on how to handle everything else in the software development world. 

Xiang said his book is made especially for the new graduates about to jump into their first jobs, the veterans who want a dose of nostalgia and a good chuckle, and the product managers looking to empathize more with their coding counterparts. 

It is also a good read for disgruntled developers contemplating the meaning of life, high school students thinking about jumping on the computer science bandwagon, and the budding programmers looking to become more effective and gain more leverage at work. 



15. Seeing the Big Picture: Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career, and Company

Seeing the Big Picture - Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career, and Company by Kevin Cope

  • Author: Kevin Cope
  • Best for: People who want to gain a deeper understanding of businesses.

Dubbed as an “MBA in 180 pages”, Seeing the Big Picture: Business Acumen to Build Your Credibility, Career, and Company by Kevin Cope is a book that will be most enjoyed by businessmen or by those aspiring to be one. 

In his book, Cope aims to make his reader understand the moving parts of a business and be able to see the bigger picture of the company’s workings. 

His book is divided into two main parts. The first part talks about the five key drivers of business (cash, profit, assets, growth, and people) and how to influence them. In the second, Cope talks about understanding and making sense of financial statements. 



16. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media

Leave Your Mark - Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media by Aliza Licht

  • Author: Aliza Licht
  • Best for: People looking for an upbeat take on the modern-day challenges of a career.

Aliza Licht is a social media expert and global fashion communications executive. In her book Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media, she tells her story about how to make it in a highly public world through insider secrets, invaluable lessons, pieces of advice, inspiration, and real talk. She emphasizes the need to have a strong sense of self in a competitive world. 

Her book talks about finding your career path, tips on resume writing and interviews, surviving people and politics, and being social media savvy, among others. 



17. Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life

Rise - 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life by Patty Azzarello

  • Author: Patty Azzarello
  • Best for: People who want to reach greater heights without being alienated or miserable.

Patty Azzarello, author of the book, Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life has an impressive resume. She became the youngest general manager at Hewlett-Packard at age thirty-three, ran a $1 billion software business at thirty-five, and became a CEO at thirty-eight. 

In her book, she bears three steps on how she did it and how you can do it too. Her three steps are: Do better, Look better, and Connect better. 

She emphasized the importance of setting ruthless priorities, strategic work, building your credibility, and developing your network without being political.



18. The Sensible Guide to a Career in Project Management in 2016

The Sensible Guide to a Career in Project Management in 2016 by Te Wu

  • Author: Te Wu
  • Best for: People who want to build a career in project management.

While the project management industry has been around for quite some time, Te Wu argues that there is not enough literature and books to guide those who want to pursue it. 

Thus, he authored the book The Sensible Guide to a Career in Project Management in 2016. His book aims to give broad guidelines on the state of the industry and how to start a career in project management. It contains seven major steps for project management professionals from how to start reaching the executive role. 

It also has five chapters with the latest development and statistics on project management.  



19. Ready For A Career Change?: Interviews with Successful Career Transitioners, and 9 Landmark Questions to Get You through a Career Change in One Piece

Ready For A Career Change by Sarah OFlaherty

In her book Ready For A Career Change?: Interviews with successful career transitioners, and 9 landmark questions to get you through a career change in one piece, Sarah O’Flaherty aims to guide her readers through the scary transition of a career change. 

Her book is filled with personal accounts, pieces of advice and wisdom, myths busted and illusions explained. 

In the end, O’Flaherty outlines nine landmark questions to get you through a career change. These questions will ensure a transition that has minimal stress, valuable relationships, and sanity.



20. The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

The Professor Is In - The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job by Karen Kelsky

  • Author: Karen Kelsky
  • Best for: People who want to make the most of their Ph.D.

Getting a doctorate degree takes a lot of effort, time, and hard work. But once you’ve succeeded and your diploma is handed over to you, what’s your next step?

Karen Kelsky, in her career development book The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job aims to teach Ph.D. holders how to avoid the common mistake of not knowing what to do and getting stagnant after graduating. 

She gives tips on how to build a competitive record when to go to the job market, what works to publish, what to wear and how to negotiate. 



21. Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life

Repurpose Your Career - A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life by Marc Miller

  • Author: Marc Miller
  • Best for: People who think they’re too old to find fulfillment in their careers.

Age is just a number. That is true in life and in career. In his career development book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for the 2nd Half of Life, Marc Miller tells his readers that it is not too late to find purpose in your daily grind even if you are already in the second half of your life. 

Miller fills each chapter with specific insights, reflection, and stories. At the end of each chapter are actionable measures for the reader to ponder on and follow. It offers captivating stories and step-by-step strategies to gain control over your career, no matter what stage you are in. 



22. Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook – The Ultimate Career Planning Tool

Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook - The Ultimate Career Planning Tool by Chrissy Scivicque

Are you the type of person who finds comfort in planning for things ahead? Do you want to learn how to effectively apply this for maximum efficiency in your career? If yes, then this may be the book for you. 

In the book Build Your Professional Development Plan Workbook – The Ultimate Career Planning Tool, Chrissy Scivicque gives her readers a comprehensive guide to help them create and implement an effective and personalized professional development plan.

This career development book contains tips and tricks to help you define your assets, develop a vision for yourself, create your career cornerstone, and eventually, construct your own career development plan. 



23. The Career Upgrade Roadmap: 90 Days to a Better Job and a Better Life

The Career Upgrade Roadmap - 90 Days to a Better Job and a Better Life by Olivia Gamber

  • Author: Olivia Gamber
  • Best for: People who don’t want to settle for anything less.

When people are just starting out their careers, there are a lot of idealistic goals and plans down the road. However, as time passes by, people tend to let go of these dreams, lose the fire, and settle for something less. 

In her career development book The Career Upgrade Roadmap: 90 Days to a Better Job and a Better Life, Olivia Gamber offers a detailed guide on how to find a job that makes you excited to wake up every day. 

Among the main philosophies included in her book are tools to market yourself, networking advice, and strategies to get raises and promotions. 



24. Turn Right: A Journey to Purposeful Careers

Turn Right - A Journey to Purposeful Careers

  • Author: Inez Natalia
  • Best for: People who want to find purpose in their careers.

From the get-go, Turn Right: A Journey to Purposeful Careers author Inez Natalia warns readers that this book is not your typical ”follow your passion” career development book. Instead, Natalia tells her readers that this book is about a holistic journey in discovering purpose in your career. 

Natalia uses stories, questions, journal writing, and practical activities to facilitate readers to explore their authentic self and their journey to purposeful careers.

This career development book is divided into three main parts. In part one, Natalia explains the journey of discovering and finding yourself. In part two, she talks about passion, talent, and contribution, and in part three, she will guide readers to prepare themselves for the future. 



25. Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career

Boss Bitch - A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career by Nicole Lapin

  • Author: Nicole Lapin
  • Best for: Women who want to take charge.

Traditionally, women were not cultivated to be leaders. However, in modern days, more and more women are stepping up to the challenge and being effective, efficient, and strong leaders in various industries. Nicole Lapin, in her career development book Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career, celebrates this. 

Lapin seeks to inspire her readers to take charge of themselves and their futures. She encourages them to embrace being a “boss” in all senses of the word: whether as the boss of their lives, their work, or the actual bosses of their companies. 

To journey towards this type of empowerment, Lapin gives her readers a 12-step plan to follow. 



26. Passion Projects for Smart People: Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit, and Recognition

Passion Projects for Smart People - Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit, and Recognition by Michael Wing Ph.D.

  • Author: Michael Wing Ph.D.
  • Best for: People who are looking for intellectual or creative opportunities. 

Authored by high school teacher Michael Wing, the book Passion Projects for Smart People: Turn Your Intellectual Pursuits into Fun, Profit and Recognition mainly focuses on how to turn side projects into career-development opportunities. 

The book intends to guide its readers on how to develop their research, form collaborations, apply for grants, travel, and develop your career. 

Wing divides his career development book into eight chapters: Have Projects, Have Affiliations and Collaborate, Apply for Things, Travel with Purpose, Teach and Mentor, Do Citizen Science, Publish your Work, and Achieve Creative Flow. 



27. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go - Career Conversations Employees Want by Beverly Kaye

  • Author: Beverly Kaye
  • Best for: Leaders who want to use career development to empower their team.

In her career development book Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, Beverly Kaye says career development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving retention, engagement, productivity, and results. However, it is commonly brushed off because of too much work. 

Kaye proposes simple steps like frequent short conversations with employees about their career goals and options that will help boost the morale, productivity, and efficiency of employees. 

The book identifies three types of conversations that will increase employees’ awareness of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. It is also filled with practical tips, guidelines, templates, and suggested conversation questions.



28. LinkedIn for Students, Graduates, and Educators: How to Use LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job in 90 Days: A Career Development Handbook

LinkedIn for Students, Graduates, and Educators by Melonie DodaroLinkedIn for Students, Graduates, and Educators by Melonie Dodaro

  • Author: Melonie Dodaro
  • Best for: People who want to leverage online networks for job seeking.

In this day and age where the job market is cutthroat and competitive, sometimes, having a diploma is not enough to stand out and impress. 

In her book LinkedIn for Students, Graduates, and Educators: How to Use LinkedIn to Land Your Dream Job in 90 Days: A Career Development Handbook, Melonie Dodaro gives fresh graduates the wisdom on how to use one of the most important tools they have in their arsenal to facilitate effective job searches: the internet. 

In particular, Dodaro talks about their strategy on how to use LinkedIn to land your dream job in 90 days using LinkedIn. 



29. Career, Content, Community: Using IBM Connections for Career Development

Career, Content, Community - Using IBM Connections for Career Development by Alex Ivanov

  • Author: Alex Ivanov
  • Best for: People who want to hear practical tips based on real-life experiences.

In his book Career, Content, Community: Using IBM Connections for Career Development, Alex Ivanov recounts the story of how he used social connection tools to promote himself and his work. 

His career development book talks about how to grow your profile through links, networking, and finding like-minded people. It also talks about creating a community, letting your voice be heard, and collaborating in a safe and creative space. 

Alex Ivanov draws from his 15 years of experience working with code and his insights on connecting people through information. 



30. How to Ace a Job Interview

How to Ace a Job Interview by Shannon Poblete

  • Author: Shannon Poblete and Paul Poblete.
  • Best for: People looking for a straightforward guide to job interviews. 

Shannon Poblete’s How To Ace A Job Interview is a straightforward guide on how to land the job you have been wanting to have. With less than a hundred pages, Poblete’s book is a quick and easy read for job seekers who want direct answers about the interview process.

Poblete gets direct to the point throughout her book. Among the contents of this career development book include telling your story through your resume and cover letter, preparing physically and psychologically for the exam, how to ask and answer during the actual interview, builder rapport with the recruiter, salary negotiations, etiquette, and what to do after the job interview.



31. Advance: The Ultimate How-To Guide For Your Career

Advance - The Ultimate How-To Guide For Your Career by Gary Burnison

  • Author: Gary Burnison
  • Best for: People who want to take their careers a step further.

In his career development book Advance: The Ultimate How-To Guide For Your Career, Gary Burnison talks about the skills and behaviors that help people navigate their careers and stand out among the crowd.

He lists the top 20 career must-haves, among these include: managing for the first time, engaging in the “money conversation” with your boss, dealing with difficult bosses, coping with coworkers, making presentations, mastering digital communication, and thinking globally. 

Burnison also gives advice on how to take an overseas assignment, meet senior leaders for the first time, navigate political waters and fit in with the culture through insights that apply every day and at every level. 



32. The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You

The Strategic Career - Let Business Principles Guide You by Bill Barnett

  • Author: Bill Barnett
  • Best for: People who want to strategize long-term and short-term career plans.

In his career development book The Strategic Career: Let Business Principles Guide You, Bill Barnett aims to provide his readers with an ultimate guide to career choices through business strategy concepts. 

With twenty years of experience leading McKinsey & Company’s Strategy Practice, Barnett looks at the main challenges professionals will face: developing and attaining long-term goals, surfacing opportunities, assessing career decisions, and staying on track. From these assessments, he will teach his readers how to create a plan of action in the short-term and in the long-term. 

His program is specifically designed to help readers customize their own career plan with more than a hundred activities for guidance. 



33. Interview Prep Playbook: College Student Edition

Interview Prep Playbook - College Student Edition by Richard Blazevich

  • Author: Richard Blazevich
  • Best for: College students and fresh grads looking to understand the workings of interviews.

Most career books cater to the ones that already have a job and few are actually dedicated to the ones that are yet to start. This career development book aims to bridge that gap. 

Richard Blazevich gives his readers insider tips on what employers are looking for in job candidates. 

The book Interview Prep Playbook: College Student Edition includes tricks for moving your resume to the priority zone, impressing your recruiters through your questions and answers Blazevich feeds fresh graduates and beginners step-by-step instructions to help you get the job they want.

Blazevich freely explains job hunting strategies, job search techniques, career development offices, and job descriptions- resumes to get beginners through. He also gave tips on how to handle job interview questions and how to frame interviews.



34. Career Magic: How To Stay On Track To Achieve A Stellar Career

Career Magic - How To Stay On Track To Achieve A Stellar Career by Lee Cockerell

  • Author: Lee Cockerell
  • Best for: People looking for a first-hand account of an inspirational story.

“If I can do it, so can you.” This is what Lee Cockerell is trying to say to his readers. In his career development book Career Magic: How To Stay On Track To Achieve A Stellar Career, he shares things he did to succeed in the corporate world and the mistakes he made along the way.

Cockerell was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World Resorts. He tells his story through ten chapters in the book, beginning with the start of his career, then his marriage and baby and then the next bosses he experienced. Then he recounts starting over and the period of his travels along with his promotions.

Finally, Cockerell tells how he turned his life around and got fulfilled in Disney’s magic and how he keeps himself happy and content after the ride.



35. Road Map to Your Job: Navigating to Each Pit Stop on the Road to Employment

Road Map to Your Job - Navigating to Each Pit Stop on the Road to Employment by Trevor M. Morgan

  • Author: Trevor M. Morgan
  • Best for: People who need step-by-step guidance on how to land a job.

According to Trevor Morgan, there are five important milestones to go through when working towards getting a job. Morgan calls these pit stops. 

In his carer development book, Road Map to Your Job: Navigating to Each Pit Stop on the Road to Employment, Morgan talks about these five key milestones including building a sound network, sharpening your story, populating your platform, building confidence, and running over the interview. 

For every pit stop, Morgan defines its importance then gives an actionable framework of steps to practice for each section. He also explains other details, shares experiences, and gives key takeaways for the entire journey.



36. Smart & Savvy: Negotiation Strategies in Academia

Smart & Savvy - Negotiation Strategies in Academia by Andrea Kupfer and David Kupfer

As Andrea Kupfer Schneider – a Harvard-trained negotiation professor for over 20 years – helps her father, David Kupfer –  chair of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry – analyze career development strategies for people in the academe, they noticed a gap: unlike their business and law school peers, academics generally receive no training in negotiation skills.

As such, they penned a book to bridge that gap. The book Smart & Savvy: Negotiation Strategies in Academia aims to teach academics the power of self-confidence in negotiating or asking for what they want and how this changes their overall satisfaction and fulfillment level in a profession. 



37. Best Job Ever!: Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life

Best Job Ever - Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life by Dr. CK Bray

  • Author: Dr. CK Bray
  • Best for: People who want to redefine success.

CK Bray said there is a significant number of employees that feel disconnected from their careers and dread going to work. His solution? To rethink personal motivation, financial needs, and career and life goals. 

In his career development book Best Job Ever!: Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life, Bray offers a step-by-step blueprint on how people should rethink their careers. 

He talks about how to revolutionize your mindset and frame it for fulfillment through discovering the principles of career development, creating a job that is meaningful and fulfilling, increasing your career income, minimizing the financial impact of changing careers, and building the life and career you want and finding happiness while doing it. 



38. How to Start a Business Analyst Career: The Handbook to Apply Business Analysis Techniques, Select Requirements Training, and Explore Job Roles 

How to Start a Business Analyst Career by Laura Brandenburg

  • Author: Laura Brandenburg
  • Best for: People who want to start a career in business analysis.

Do you have what it takes for a business analyst career? In her career development book How to Start a Business Analyst Career, Laura Brandenburg outlines the way on how you can prepare to take on this role. 

Brandenburg says while there is no clear-cut path and degree that will guarantee a start in a business analyst role, you can prepare yourself to be the perfect fit for the role. In seven chapters, she explains the definition of business analysis, its core competencies, how to grow in the industry, connecting with the community, career transition towards business analysis, among others. 



39. Mploy – A Job Readiness Workbook: Career Skills Development for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Difficulties

Mploy – A Job Readiness Workbook by Michael P. McManmon

  • Author: Michael P. McManmon
  • Best for: People who are, or who know people, with autism and want to experience a full professional career.

Michael McManmon’s book Mploy – A Job Readiness Workbook: Career Skills Development for Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Learning Difficulties is a self-guided workbook is suitable for young adults aged 16-26 with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or LD (Learning Differences). It aims to give its readers the necessary skills for entering the workforce and forging a meaningful career path.

This career development book is of great support for young adults with ASD or LD to live a life with normalcy and passion. It includes activities and worksheets about effective resumes, interview skills, professional communication, handling stress in the workplace, and many more.



40. The Academic Hustle: The Ultimate Game Plan for Scholarships, Internships, and Job Offers

The Academic Hustle by Matthew Pigatt

  • Author: Matthew Pigatt
  • Best for: People looking for an all-around guide on scholarships, internships, and job offers.

In his career development book The Academic Hustle: The Ultimate Game Plan for Scholarships, Internships, and Job Offers, Matthew Pigatt recounts the story of his transformation from a juvenile delinquent in high school to a national award-winning researcher, graduating magna cum laude.

After telling his story, Pigatt breaks down the academic hustle into four parts for his readers to comprehend and apply. The first part is all about setting your foundation, the second is building the four pillars of your journey, the third is recognizing money and time as your costs and the fourth is putting it all together. 



41. Career Theory, Development, and Appraisal: A Guide for Human Services

Career Theory, Development, and Appraisal by Louis A. Busacca PhD

In a sea of practical career books out there, Louis Busacca’s Career Theory, Development, and Appraisal: A Guide for Human Services gives a career guide based on the theoretical foundations of work and human services. It explores topics including modern career theories, culture and context, legal and ethical issues, and special populations, among others. 

The book acknowledges the central role of work in humans’ lives and how career helpers and services should be more knowledgeable in shaping lives to cope well with the rising demands of the workplace, transitions, and changes brought by the twenty-first century. 



42. I Hate Mondays: A Guide to Landing a Job that Makes You Jump Out of Bed

I Hate Mondays - A Guide to Landing a Job that Makes You Jump Out of Bed by Renee Frey

  • Author: Renee Frey
  • Best for: People looking for a job that makes them feel alive.

There are many reasons why employees feel numb in the job they are currently in: lack of recognition, too much work, outgrowing company values stunted career growth. Whatever the reason is, Renee Frey says you should not be stuck in a dead-end job. 

In her book, I Hate Mondays: A Guide to Landing a Job that Makes You Jump Out of Bed, she aims to give her readers confidence to leave the job that makes them sad and find a job that will make them happy. 

Frey’s readers are guided from clarifying their desires to writing a resignation letter, creating an effective resume, honing the skills of networking, interviewing, negotiating, and finally, accepting a job offer.



43. Travel Career Development: Student Workbook (10th Edition)

Travel Career Development - Student Workbook by Patricia J. Gagnon and Marty Sarbey de Souto

The travel industry is a very attractive sector to be employed as you get to go around, see the beauty of the world, and give people memorable experiences. Because of this, many people are flocking to get a career in the industry propelling tight competition. How will you stand out from the crowd? Patricia Gagnon and Marty Sarbey de Souto will tell you how.

Their work Travel Career Development Textbook has been used by students to unlock their career in the travel industry. 

It includes insights, advice, and best practices on the art of selling travel, the secrets to properly servicing customers, and selling experiences, It also discusses the variety of directions, opportunities, and possibilities a travel career will give you. 



44. The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide

The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide by Francine Parham and Dolores Giacomo

When Francine Parham and Dolores Giacomo wrote The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide, their goal is not to explore ideas or concepts or how ideal conditions make up an ideal job setting. Instead, the authors said they want a book that will teach employees how to navigate their everyday life. 

Written with organization and simplicity, the book talks about seven categories that are important to career improvement: building a professional network, discussing your career, developing your career, building leadership, getting mentors and utilizing sponsors, communicating effectively, and developing the right professional goals.

The book has practical, relevant, real-life experiences, tips, and tricks to allow its readers daily successes in their profession.



45. Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences by Laura Weiss Roberts

In her book the Handbook of Career Development in Academic Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Laura Weiss Roberts imparts the knowledge she has on Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine through practical and effective ways on how to deal with real-life situations in the industry.

Each chapter of the book features a list of specific actions to take to get ahead, questions and topics readers can discuss with industry experts, how to normalize the process of asking for career advice, and a collection of other resources like websites, books, and articles that will assist readers on their career path.

Roberts aims to show both sympathy and academic excellence to people who are in the industry or those who want to navigate its challenging but fulfilling waters.  



46. Total Sportscasting: Performance, Production, and Career Development

Total Sportscasting - Performance, Production, and Career Development by Max Negin

  • Author: Max Negin
  • Best for: People who want to learn about careers and improvements in sportscasting.

Sportscasting is a cool, fun, and exhilarating career to take on. But while it looks all fun and games, it is not easy. It requires skill, proficiency, and flair to deliver what is happening in a quick, accurate, and dynamic manner. 

In his career development book Total Sportscasting: Performance, Production, and Career Development, Max Negin aims to give his readers the skills needed to become successful in the industry. 

Among the things included in the book are complete coverage of every platform of sportscasting: from TV, radio, and the web, real interviews with sports journalists, producers, and directors, and a companion website for additional resources for instructors and students.



47. The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today’s Aspiring Young Professional

The Career Playbook - Essential Advice for Today's Aspiring Young Professional by James M. Citrin

  • Author: James M. Citrin
  • Best for: Career advice for the younger generation.

The Career Playbook: Essential Advice for Today’s Aspiring Young Professional aims to offer valuable and actionable advice for those just starting to form their careers. James Citrin based these insights on an in-depth survey of thousands of graduates and young professionals, and hundreds of interviews with business and nonprofit leaders. 

The topics in this career development book range from tips on generating valuable introductions, being good at interviews, negotiating compensation, valuing networks and relationships to how to cultivate a mentor, and knowing when to change jobs or industries. 

The book is loaded with first-person advice from Citrin, as he draws from decades of experience as a senior partner at the premier executive search firm Spencer Stuart, as well as those from some seasoned CEOs and leaders.



48. Career Development and Counseling: Theory and Practice in a Multicultural World 

 

Career Development and Counseling - Theory and Practice in a Multicultural World by Mei Tang

  • Author: Mei Tang
  • Best for: People with careers in counseling.

The world and the people in it are diverse and ever-changing. That is why, knowing the variety of approaches that will work for each individual, culture or setting is essential in thriving especially in the counseling industry. 

Career Development and Counseling: Theory and Practice in a Multicultural World is a textbook written by Mei Tang for people who want to further understand the complexities of counseling. The book gives its readers an overview of career development theories in a unique multicultural framework that is aligned with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs’ (CACREP) standards. 

Each chapter focuses on a variety of settings and populations through case illustrations and learning activities. 



49. The Career Coaching Handbook

The Career Coaching Handbook by Julia Yates

  • Author: Julia Yates
  • Best for: People looking for a theoretical and practical approach to career coaching.

Career coaching is a serious profession. While the decisions and changes ultimately rest on the person, what career coaches say, do, or instruct will greatly affect the entire future of their clients. That’s why it should be done right. 

In her book The Career Coaching Handbook, Julia Yates covers developments in theory and research and applies this knowledge to the real world. 

This career development book is divided into three parts. The first part, explores modern-day career paths, career fulfillment, and career transitions. The second part, meanwhile, talks about coaching strategies and the third part is about real-world situations where coaching is beneficial, from job search strategies to resume and interview coaching.



50. Smart Questions: People Skills for Winning the Games of Career Success (& Office Politics!) 

Smart Questions People Skills for Winning the Games of Career Success by Michael McGaulley J.D.

An integral part of learning, growing, and getting up the career ladder is asking smart questions to the right people. Michael McGaulley, in his book Smart Questions People Skills for Winning the Games of Career Success (& Office Politics!), compiled sixteen key questions that will help you win the daily battles in the workplace. 

McGaulley’s background as a lawyer and consultant to organizations in the United States and overseas, including the U.S. State Department, high tech firms, banks, and others gave him the insight to avoid being played, used, or ignored in the workplace and make a statement for yourself. 



51. Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work

Workarounds That Work - How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work by Russell Bishop

  • Author: Russell Bishop
  • Best for: People who want to enhance their problem-solving skills.

Have you ever experienced working so efficiently and passionately only to be derailed by an unexpected delay in the process or a problem in the overall system? The frustration is real. 

In his career development book, Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work, Russell Bishop teaches his readers the art of the workaround. A workaround is a method for accomplishing a task when the normal process isn’t producing the desired results. 

Bishop’s strategies have this aim: to help you identify your problems and then create the best solution while maintaining quality. Knowing how to solve almost impossible problems will not only ease your frustration but will impress the people in position. 



52. Cut the Crap, Get a Job!: A New Job Search Process for a New Era

Cut the Crap, Get a Job - A New Job Search Process for a New Era by Dana Manciagli

  • Author: Dana Manciagli
  • Best for: People looking for a no-nonsense book for career search.

Whether you are fresh from college, in the middle of your career path, or a senior executive, it is always scary when you don’t know what to do in the next phase of your career. This is especially harder because the job market is quickly evolving and you always have to play catch up. 

This simple career development book, Cut the Crap, Get a Job!: A New Job Search Process for a New Era, gives readers a straightforward approach to this dilemma. It is written from the lenses of an expert hiring manager with solid experience in the field. 

In this book, Dana Manciagli breaks the search process and provides solutions to guide you every step of the way. 



53. Ponytale Talk: It’s All About You! Winning Career Strategies for Women

Ponytale Talk - It's All About You! Winning Career Strategies for Women by Kimberli Lewis

  • Author: Kimberli Lewis
  • Best for: Women constantly looking to break workplace barriers.

Building your career in a competitive environment is tough enough. It makes it twice as tough when you are a woman. Not only will you have to deal with office politics, but there are also a lot of people who will constantly doubt your strengths and your abilities. If you are a woman that wants to learn how to maneuver from this struggle, then this career development book may be for you. 

Ponytale Talk: It’s All About You! Winning Career Strategies for Women by Kimberli Lewis gives women a set of survival skills for women in their workplace, all based on Lewis’s experiences and observations. Her goal is to become every reader’s personal career coach and mentor. 



54. How to Interview: What Employers Want to Hear in Today’s Competitive Job Market 

How to Interview - What Employers Want to Hear in Today's Competitive Job Market by Russ Hovendick

  • Author: Russ Hovendick
  • Best for: People who want to improve their interview skills.

Sometimes, no matter how good you look in your interview, or how high your skill sets are, there is always something about a job interview that makes you nervous and uneasy. In his book How to Interview: What Employers Want to Hear in Today’s Competitive Job Market, Russ Hovendick aims to give his readers newfound confidence in being interviewed for a job. 

Hovendick shares the insights he gained after two decades of coaching job applicants. Because he gets constant feedback from big hiring managers, he considers tips in his career development book as an “insider’s view” of the hiring process and what’s going on in your recruiters’ minds. 



55. Take Charge of Your Legal Career: A Practical Business Development Workbook

Take Charge of Your Legal Career - A Practical Business Development Workbook by Mary Carmel Kaczmarek Esq

People working in the law industry are known for being the best in what they do. They are known for going through the most rigorous training, academic excellence, and sharpness of mind. However, they can always learn a thing or two in managing their own careers and making a name for themselves in a complicated and competitive job market. 

In her career development book Take Charge of Your Legal Career: A Practical Business Development WorkbookMary Carmel Kaczmarek Esq gives lawyers a practical way to find and keep clients. It gives insights on how to handle the “business” part of their everyday practice. 



56. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!

The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman

  • Author: Josh Kaufman
  • Best for: People who want to learn the art of learning.

According to research,  it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill. If you have tried learning a new sport, a new language, or just a new skill in general, you could attest to the fact that the initial stages are always the hard ones to go through. 

In his career development book, The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast!, Josh Kaufman offers a way on how to learn a skill faster. Not in 100 hours, not even 200. Kaufman says his systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers all in 20 hours of focused and deliberate practice.



57. The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers 2nd Edition

The Right Moves by Valerie A. Fontaine

  • Author: Valerie A. Fontaine
  • Best for: Lawyers and law practitioners in any stage of their careers.

As with any other profession, the law industry comes with its own challenges and milestones along the way. In her career development book The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers 2nd Edition, author Valerie Fontaine aims to give general advice for people in the industry on how to manage their careers at any stage of their lives.

Valerie Fontaine is a former practicing lawyer and search consultant. She is also the founding partner of Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith, a legal search firm based in Los Angeles. Through her knowledge in both the practice of law and the hiring process that comes with it, Fontaine’s insights are best for people who want to position themselves for success within their current or future organization.



58. Career Development: Secrets of How Top Women Become Phenomenal Leaders

Career Development by SJ Baker

  • Author: SJ Baker
  • Best for: Women who want to rule the world.

In this day and age, the strength, power, and ability of the human mind can’t simply be ignored anymore. Women today are educated, talented, experienced, committed to getting anything they want. However, they are still hindrances to their full potential. 

In the book Career Development: Secrets of How Top Women Become Phenomenal Leaders, SJ Baker tells her women leaders to act like a lady and think like a boss. She offers a straightforward guide to how women can, not only survive but thrive in the workplace. 

Among the topics that Baker discusses in this career development book include the attributes and qualities of a leader, getting people to want to follow you, adapting leadership styles, and developing your own effective style, and the mistakes to avoid in the workplace. 



59. Careers in Health Information Technology

Careers in Health Information Technology by Brian T. Malec PhD

  • Author: Brian T. Malec PhD
  • Best for: People who want to build a career in the health information technology industry.

Health Information Technology is one of the new and growing industries that transcends the borders between health and tech. Brian T. Malec, in his book Careers in Health Information Technology, aims to offer an all-around career guide that discusses job opportunities in the health information technology (HIT) industry. Malec also aims to guide his readers to enter and thrive in the expanding world whether they are new in the industry or mid-career individuals looking for new opportunities. 

Among the book’s key features include comprehensive, practical information about health information technology, the variety of work environments and job opportunities, educational requirements, job resources, among others. 



60. A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments

A Counselors Guide to Career Assessment Instruments by Chris Wood

  • Author: Chris Wood
  • Best for: Counselors looking for a go-to guide in career assessment.

Counselors and coaches have a crucial role in guiding people to a path towards their future. When it comes to guidance on how to do their job, they also have a lot of tools in their arsenal. 

A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments was written as one of the primary resources for counselors, career development facilitators, school counselors, and other career development professionals working in college career centers, agencies, and schools. 

The book written by Chris Wood includes a wide array of considerations in career assessments and standards. It provides descriptions of over 300 career assessment instruments and a useful matrix to search for instruments based on the purpose and the population best to use it.



61. X-Factor for Generation Y: 10 Key Steps for Personal & Career Development

X Factor for Generation y - 10 Key Steps for Personal & Career Development by Stuart Howard

  • Author: Stuart Howard
  • Best for: People looking for a strong but easy-to-read guide on career development.

The book X Factor for Generation y: 10 Key Steps for Personal & Career Development is a step-by-step, easy-to-read guide on how to advance your career on your own.

Howard enumerates and explains each step in his book. The steps include: discover your strengths, develop your brand, set your goals, learn for a lifetime, manage your time, know your leadership style, drive change, develop your emotional intelligence, find a mentor and develop your financial intelligence. 

The author also lists valuable resources that the reader can use alongside Howard’s book and mini activities and exercises for reader engagement. 



62. Career Development for Today

Career Development for Today by Jean K. Keelan

  • Author: Jean K. Keelan
  • Best for: People looking for an inclusive guide on career development.

Career development guides try to cover all the bases – from graduation, to resume writing, to managing your first team. However, what most resources fail to include is the guidance for other segments of the population who are also in need of a career guide. 

In the book Career Development for Today, author Jean Keelan takes into consideration advice for veterans, international students, persons with disabilities, and ex-offenders who also want to advance their careers. 

The topics included are decision making, self-exploration through assessments, occupational research, employer research, experiential education, use of social media in the job search, networking, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, the art of negotiating, and transitioning into the workplace.  



63. Nursing Career Development: Career Development Tools for Nurses and Hospitals

Nursing Career Development by Dr. Louise Jakubik

  • Author: Dr. Louise Jakubik
  • Best for: People who want to advance their career in nursing.

Nursing Career Development: Career Development Tools for Nurses and Hospitals is a book written by Dr. Louise Jakubik as a guide for nurses of all levels to build on their careers. Jakubik aims to equip nurses with the tools for them to avoid stagnating in their professional life. 

The book has ten chapters: making a commitment, educational learning and growing, getting certified, mentorship, membership, and leadership, professional network, presenting your work, getting published, credentialing, and keeping track of your success. 

Each chapter contains two parts: one is for advice and application on the individual level and the other one contains practical tips for the organizational leader.  



64. Career Errors: Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development

Career Errors - Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development by Frank Burtnett

  • Author: Frank Burtnett
  • Best for: People who want to learn how to turn missteps into stepping stones to success.

Frank Burtnett wrote the book Career Errors: Straight Talk about the Steps and Missteps of Career Development both for individuals experiencing missteps and mistakes and for advisors and counselors who want to learn how to get people through a career error. 

This career development book is divided into four main parts: first is all about entering, reentering, and moving about in the world of work. The second part talks about finding, acquiring, and moving into any job. The third part is about the errors you may make along the way and the opportunities that may come with it and the last part talks about winding down and exiting your career. 



65. Career and College Readiness Counseling in P-12 Schools, Second Edition

Career and College Readiness Counseling in P-12 Schools, Second Edition by Jennifer Curry PhD and Amy Milsom DEd

Jennifer Curry and Amy Milsom wrote Career and College Readiness Counseling in P-12 Schools with the welfare of college students in mind. The authors took into consideration the wide range of psychosocial, cognitive, and academic development among students. It is uniquely grounded in developmental, ecosystemic, and career theories as a basis for career interventions.

Among the key features of this career development book include comprehensive text devoted to career and college counseling for school counselors; written by former school counselors, current data and research focusing on college readiness needs of diverse populations, and interventions grounded in theory and connected to national standards.



66. Next-Gen Ph.D.: A Guide to Career Paths in Science

Next Gen PhD - A Guide to Career Paths in Science by Melanie V. Sinche

Melanie Sinche says that in the new academic market, only 4 percent of those with PhDs in science occupy tenure-track positions five years after completing their degree. This means that the traditional thinking in the industry of getting into a good graduate program, publishing research, completing a Ph.D., and pursuing doctoral work is long gone. 

This career development book Next Gen Ph.D.: A Guide to Career Paths in Science offers a fresh look on the path to success in the scientific industry including tactics on identifying personal strengths, building work experience, cultivating networks, and curating job applications, and nailing job interviews. 



67. Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do

Career Match by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou

  • Author: Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou
  • Best for: People who are looking for a job that is just right for them. 

Settling for a job that does not really satisfy your needs or does not click with your passion can be frustrating and difficult. ON the other hand, no matter how hard things may go, if your job feels right, then you will feel happy and content overall. 

A person’s job is a big part of his or her own well-being, so it is just right to connect it with the type of person you really are. This is the goal of Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou in their book Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do.

The book will help its readers identify the type of work that will exhilarate them and recognize the type of boss and work environment they need to thrive. It includes tips and strategies on how to make sure that readers are on the right path. 



68. Career Development All-in-One for Dummies 

Career Development All-in-One For Dummies by Consumer Dummies

  • Author: Consumer Dummies
  • Best for: People who want to take control of their careers.

Looking for an all-in-one book on how to advance your career? Then this book may help you.

The book Career Development All-in-One For Dummies is a compilation of the seven of the best For Dummies books on career development topics. It contains new techniques on career details: how to write better emails, how to conduct more effective meetings, how to keep your audience engaged in a presentation, how to be more mindful, and a lot more. 

The tips in this career development book are very practical in that they can be applied both in the readers’ professional and personal life. It can also be used on its own or as part of a formal development program. 



69. InspiredWork: Create Work You Love in 8 Weeks: Inspirational Career Guide to Help You Find a Job, Change Careers or Start Your Own Business

InspiredWork by Vicki J Morris

  • Author: Vicki J Morris
  • Best for: People who want to find work that appeals to their passions.

Vicki Morris is a career happiness coach and founder of InspiredWork.com and the InspiredWorkcareer transformation system a firm that helps professionals create their own inspired work and personal brand so they can be happy at work and love their life.

In her book InspiredWork: Create Work You Love in 8 Weeks: Inspirational Career Guide to Help You Find a Job, Change Careers or Start Your Own Business, Morris discusses the five-step InspiredWork System which includes: (1) inspiration and energy (2) vision and energies (3) strategy and alignment (4) branding and packaging and (5) marketing campaign. 



70. Careers in Student Affairs: A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education

Careers in Student Affairs A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education by Peggy C. Holzweiss

  • Author: Peggy C. Holzweiss
  • Best for: People who are priming the next generation for success.

The book Careers in Student Affairs A Holistic Guide to Professional Development in Higher Education by Peggy Holzweiss is filled with information and advice to assist practitioners in developing plans for career longevity and success. 

This career development book is divided into two main parts. The first part is all about professional performance. Here, Holzweiss teaches her readers about the contemporary challenges in higher education, campus cultures, developing professionalism and networks, and ethics. 

In the second part, the author talks about professional development, including topics on professional success, taking your job to the next level, accepting a new position, becoming a faculty member, among others. 



71. Career Anchors: The Changing Nature of Careers Self Assessment

Career Anchors by John Van Maanen

Career Anchors: The Changing Nature of Careers Self Assessment by John Van Maanen is a book that aims to guide its readers on how to determine their foundation or main drivers in their respective careers. The author calls them “anchors” — values that are innate and deeply held and are essential to people’s career choices. 

This career development book offers a balanced mix between the traditional model and a fresh look through the lens of the ever-changing factors in the job market. This career development resource aims to give its readers an updated perspective on the current world of work, how people perceive their careers and how to hold on to your anchor and make the right decisions along the way. 



72. Career Directions: New Paths to Your Ideal Career

Career Directions - New Paths to Your Ideal Career by Donna Yena

  • Author: Donna Yena
  • Best for: People looking for an updated guide on how to carve out a path in the modern workplace.

Ever wondered how new tools such as digital technology and social media can help your career search? If yes, then this book may be for you. 

With over thirty years of experience in career development and human resources, author Donna Yena aims to guide readers through the beginnings of a career. Her book Career Directions: New Paths to Your Ideal Career contains career management reference tools that will prepare you for your first position after graduation or guide you through a career transition. 

Among the insights included in the book are new ideas such as social media profiles,, online career portfolios, multiple resume versions, and maximizing the use of keywords.



73. Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It

Feedback (and Other Dirty Words) - Why We Fear It, How to Fix It by M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Grealish

More often than not, hearing feedback is dreaded and feared because it can be associated with insecurities and self-doubt. In the book Feedback (and Other Dirty Words): Why We Fear It, How to Fix It, authors M. Tamra Chandler and Laura Grealish guide readers towards embracing feedback and how to use it for personal and professional improvement. 

The authors discuss a new perspective on feedback. They explore the three roles revolving around the process of formulating and delivering feedback: the Seeker, the Extender, and the Receiver. Chandler and Grealish will also discuss the essentials on how to make feedback focused, fair, and frequent. They call this the three F’s. 



74. Get a Grip: Prescription for Achieving Success During Early Career Development

Get a Grip - Prescription for Achieving Success During Early Career Development by Bill Heitzig

  • Author: Bill Heitzig
  • Best for: The younger generation looking for solid career advice.

When you are young and just starting out, it is easy to feel lost, like you don’t know what you are doing or where to go. In his book Get a Grip: Prescription for Achieving Success During Early Career Development, author Bill Heitzig aims to extend a helping hand to the younger generation, particularly those within the 18 to 25 age bracket to guide them on the path they are about to take in their career. 

This career development book explores the challenges of starting out,  from jump-starting a career after graduating to “real,” adult living. It tells a story about all the nuances of career life: unemployment, underemployment, student loans, “basement living” with Mom and Dad, financial dependence, among others. 



75. The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers

The Third Door by Alex Banayan

  • Author: Alex Banayan
  • Best for: People looking for an unexplored path to success. 

In his book The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, Alex Banayan says the professional world is like a nightclub and there are usually three ways to enter it. 

He says the first door is the main entrance, where 99 percent of people wait in line, hoping to get in. The second door, meanwhile, is the VIP entrance, where the billionaires and celebrities slip through. The third door is the entrance where you have to find creative ways to get through: jump out of line, run down the alley, bang on the door a hundred times, crack open the window, sneak through the kitchen. 

Through one-on-one interviews with the greats such as Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, Banayan says they all took the third door to get to where they are now. 



76. Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning

Teens Guide to College & Career Planning by Peterson's

  • Author: Peterson’s
  • Best for: Teens looking for a straightforward guide on what to do with their career path.

Am I heading to college? What to do with my life? What’s my career path?

If you are a teen and you find yourself asking these questions, then this book may be for you. The book Teens’ Guide to College & Career Planning aims to give information to teens regarding their available options depending on their skills, needs, and dreams.

This career development book gathers input from teens, parents, and well-known experts to talk to high school students about the important decisions for their plans after graduation. This user-friendly guide is expected to enable busy students to focus on the right information for them.



77. Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job

Fit Matters - How to Love Your Job by Moe Carrick

  • Author: Moe Carrick
  • Best for: People who want to learn how to embrace the ups and downs of their career.

How to love your job. This is a question that has been asked so many times, but with few answers out there. Learning how to love your job does not have a simple, singular solution. It is a process and mindset that should be learned and harnessed. 

In his book Fit Matters: How to Love Your Job, Moe Carrick explores this process. Carrick offers tools and exercises to help readers evaluate the fit between their needs and the culture of their current or prospective employer, assess and articulate what you really need to thrive at work and develop options if you find yourself in a company or job where you are misfit.



78. Careers! Professional Development for Retailing and Apparel Merchandising: Studio Access Card

Careers Professional Development for Retailing and Apparel Merchandising - Studio Access Card by Julie L. Hillery

The retailing world is a tough industry. To get in and thrive, you must be equipped with the right skills and the right mindset. 

In her book Careers! Professional Development for Retailing and Apparel Merchandising: Studio Access Card, author Julie Hillery explores the details of the careers in retailing and apparel merchandising, getting started, preparing to become a professional, and the qualities needed for success in the industry. 

The book includes self-quizzes, scored results, and personalized study tips, related websites and additional activities, case study quizzes and goal-setting exercises, images of sample forms among others.



79. The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

The Start-up of You by Reid Hoffman

  • Author: Reid Hoffman
  • Best for: People who want to learn the lessons of Silicon Valley’s most innovative entrepreneurs.

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career provides a blueprint for people who want to thrive in their careers through innovative solutions.

In his book, LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha explore the problems and solutions through the lens of innovative techniques. Their solution: to treat your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.

This revolutionary new guide to career success includes insights on how to adapt your career plans along with change, develop a competitive advantage, strengthen your professional network, find unique breakout opportunities, take proactive risks, among others. 



80. Career Paths: Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and Their Employees

Career Paths - Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and Their Employees Gary W. Carter, Kevin W. Cook and David W. Dorsey

In their book Career Paths: Charting Courses to Success for Organizations and Their Employees, Gary Carter, Kevin Cook, and David W. Dorsey aim to give their readers practical tools and tips for developing and implementing career paths in the workplace.

The book includes seven chapters, including the introduction to career paths, a practical and conceptual toolkit for constructing career paths, integrating career paths into talent management systems, expanding success beyond the organization, and looking into the future. 

Each volume contains actual case studies, sample materials, and cautionary notes. Issues pertaining to globalization and technology are also highlighted throughout. 



81. Foundations of Career Counseling: A Case-Based Approach 

Foundations of Career Counseling - A Case-Based Approach by Suzanne M. Dugger

  • Author: Suzanne M. Dugger
  • Best for: People who want to learn career development and assessment through case-based scenarios.

In her book Foundations of Career Counseling: A Case-Based Approach, Suzanne Dugger explores the development of understanding both theory and technique using in-depth, engaging case studies.

The book is made especially for students taking courses in career counseling. It uses seven realistic and diverse client scenarios to help students connect and master career counseling content and skills. Dugger guides her readers by balancing both theory and application in the chapters about the career counseling process, intake interviews, use of tests, card sorts, among others. 

Dugger also included in the book a full chapter dedicated to the career development of students seeking graduate degrees in counseling. 



82. Career Development: A Human Resource Development Perspective

Career Development - A Human Resource Development Perspective by Kimberly McDonald

  • Author: Kimberly McDonald
  • Best for: People working in the human resource department and are looking for career development guidance.

Author Kimberly McDonald says historically, resources on career development have mostly been from a personal perspective or from a company perspective. As such, McDonald, in her book Career Development: A Human Resource Development Perspective aims to bring together the strengths of both frameworks and offer a more balanced view on career development. 

McDonald ties together the theoretical foundation – by expanding counseling literature from human resource development and related fields – and the application section – by reflecting on a range of ages and working options in the current and future workplace. 

The book also includes a section to address some career development issues like managing a diverse workforce, ethics, and work-life balance.



83. Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work (New 1st Editions in College Success)

Creating Career Success - A Flexible Plan for the World of Work (New 1st Editions in College Success) by Francine Fabricant

  • Author: Francine Fabricant
  • Best for: Students looking for a solid direction to the world of work. 

Creating Career Success: A Flexible Plan for the World of Work by Francine Fabricant aims to give students a comprehensive guide on how to be prepared for the unexpected twists and turns in the professional world.  

The book is divided into three large sections. Section one is all about knowing yourself. Here, the book will guide its readers on how to prepare yourself, ready your skills, know your preference, and determine your values. Section two talks about exploring your options. This section discusses your connection to the world of work, relationships, and decision making. Lastly, section three is about marketing yourself. In this section, the reader will find tools to market themselves, the process on how to launch their image, and overall career management. 



84. Wabi-Sabi at Work: A Natural Path to Career Change

Wabi-Sabi at Work - A Natural Path to Career Change by Whitney Greer and Gwen Woods

Wabi-Sabi at Work: A Natural Path to Career Change is a career workbook put together by authors Whitney Greer and Gwen Woods

Greer and Woods said this book is supposed to give you peace and serenity while reflecting on your path to a career change. Each chapter, according to Greer and Woods, can be read in part during a lunch break or as a whole over the weekend. 

The book is rooted in the wisdom of a 10,000-year-old Asian philosophy that honors the imperfect and impermanent. Its ten chapters contain exercises, stories, and insights on how to discover your strengths, declutter your mind, and explore environments where you will thrive. 



85. Career Development in Childhood and Adolescence 

Career Development in Childhood and Adolescence by Vladimir B. Skorikov

  • Author: Vladimir B. Skorikov
  • Best for: Parents looking to develop their children’s career path early on.

While children definitely don’t have the burden of choosing careers just yet, most of them show early signs of interests and strengths. Knowing how to build on these interests early on will guide the child in knowing what his or her strengths are and will help him or her decide on a career path once the time comes.

In his book Career Development in Childhood and Adolescence, author Vladimir Skorikov provides a broad and comprehensive overview of the current knowledge about the key career processes that take place at an early age. 



86. The Playwright’s Workout 

The Playwright's Workout (Career Development Series) by Liz Engelman

  • Author: Liz Engelman
  • Best for: People who want to start a career as a playwright.

Being a playwright is an art and that skill is something that is very hard to teach. However, the skills of managing your profession are something that can be learned. 

In the book The Playwright’s Workout, Liz Engelman aims to teach aspiring playwrights how to build and maintain inspiration to sustain creativity in work. Engelman presents a collection of exercises designed to build creative muscle in students and build their skills while stretching their imaginative powers.

Engelman compiled the contributions of about 30 of America’s foremost playwrights and playwriting teachers to give students new sources of dramatic inspiration, provide ways to embolden dramatic action, and encourage experimentation with the basic elements of playwriting.



87. The Career Adventure: Your Guide to Personal Assessment, Career Exploration, and Decision Making (5th Edition) 

The Career Adventure by Susan M. Johnston

  • Author: Susan M. Johnston
  • Best for: Students looking for actionable advice on career decision making. 

When it comes to a career, one decision can make or break your path. That’s why it is important to know how to make the right decisions from the get-go. 

However, young adults and those who are just starting out do not have the wisdom of experience yet. This is where author Susan Johnston’s book The Career Adventure: Your Guide to Personal Assessment, Career Exploration, and Decision Making comes in. 

Using the language of ‘doing’ rather thanexplaining,’ this career development book aims to guide its readers to move through the proper decision-making steps for life-long career development. Johnson focuses her content on setting and achieving career goals that offer long-term growth and uses social networking media to create a vibrant exchange that supports mutual value and meaning.



88. Career Development Across the K-16 Years: Bridging the Present to Satisfying and Successful Futures 

Career Development Across the K-16 Years - Bridging the Present to Satisfying and Successful Futures by Richard Lapan

  • Author: Richard Lapan
  • Beat for: Parents or counselors looking for a guide on how to ready the youth for a career life.

Career life may start after graduation, but career development starts way earlier than that. 

In the book Career Development Across the K-16 Years: Bridging the Present to Satisfying and Successful Futures, author Richard Lapan explores the developmental guidelines that should be implemented or the career development of children and young adults. 

Lapan’s framework is to explore how career constructs develop within an interconnected network of cultural, social, economic, and political contexts. 

The book aims to teach teachers and parents the skills necessary to empower young people to make proactive, life-affirming career choices that enhance personal satisfaction and well-being.



89. The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development 

The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development by Grace H. Kim

  • Author: Grace H. Kim
  • Best for: People who want to begin a career in architecture.

Being young is not a hindrance to success. This is what Grace Kim proved in the world of architecture. 

Kim is a young architect who has worked in large and small firms and started her own firm. In her career development book The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development, she outlines the choices and decisions the reader will confront on the road from student to a practicing architect.

The book is also packed with tips for reaching professional development milestones and first-person short essays from interns, architects. It aims to give something to readers, whether young or old, beginner, or veteran.



90. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment 

The Power of Now - A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

  • Author: Eckhart Tolle
  • Best for: People who are seeking enlightenment in all aspects of life.

It is not hard to get sucked into the intricacies of professional life. You set a goal and work hard for it. And when you are determined to achieve something, everything else just fades away. 

While this is not necessarily bad, it takes away your ability to live in the present and enjoy what you have now. 

In the book The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle aims to bring his readers to realize that the natural enemy of enlightenment is the crowded mind. From there, he takes his readers on a journey to living fully in the present. 

Tolle teaches readers how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, what he calls “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”



91. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

 

Who Moved My Cheese - An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson

  • Author: Spencer Johnson
  • Best for: People looking for a good read on goals and challenges.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life is a book by author Spencer Johnson. It aims to give its readers lessons on goals and challenges to reach it through a simple and amusing parable. 

The book tells the story of two mice – Sniff and Scurry. Johnson used “cheese” as a metaphor for what you want to have in life — whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. 

The reader can reflect and discover how to deal with change in relation to his or her goal in your work and in your life. 



92. Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life

Leading with the Heart - Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life by Mike Krzyzewski

  • Author: Mike Krzyzewski
  • Best for: People looking for leadership inspiration.

Basketball, business, and life are three words that don’t come together in a sentence often. However, in his career development book Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life, Mike Krzyzewski explains how these three are correlated and how their connections can teach you how to become a better person and a better leader. 

Krzyzewski uses the metaphor of the game basketball to guide his readers to understand strategies crucial to professional success. His book is divided into four main parts: “Preseason” talks about how to get organized and establish discipline. “Regular Season” discusses teamwork and training. “Postseason” teaches readers how to handle crises and celebrating wins while “All-Season” talks about character, friendship, and life. 



93. I Can’t Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence

I Cant Accept Not Trying - Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence by Michael Jordan

  • Author: Michael Jordan
  • Best for: Michael Jordan fans trying to play their own games in life.

“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”

This is what Michael Jordan, thegreatest basketball player of all time” said in his book. His life and struggles have been an inspiration to many. Jordan’s determination and passion has given people of all ages from across the world motivation in both their professional and personal life. 

In his career development book, I Can’t Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence, the former basketball player shares his views on achieving excellence, including goals, fears, commitment, teamwork, learning the fundamentals, and leadership. 



94. What It Takes to Be #1

What It Takes to Be #1 by Vince Lombardi Jr.

  • Author: Vince Lombardi Jr.
  • Best for: People looking for life lessons from a sports legend.

Vince Lombardi is considered the greatest football coach of all time. In his book What It Takes To Be #1, the sports legend’s son, Vince Lombardi Jr., explores the leadership qualities that his father considered essential to success. He discussed in his book the leadership philosophy of Vince Lombardi and uses these powerful lessons to explain to his reader how to be an effective leader and shows how to apply those qualities to one’s own life and career.

While sports and business don’t usually mix, this career development book is good for business leaders, or those who aspire to leadership. 



95. Lose the Resume, Land the Job

Lose the Resume Land the Job Gary Burnison

  • Author: Gary Burnison
  • Best for: People who need to realign their ideals in job searching.

For the longest time, we are taught that the resume is the single most important document in job searching. This is because it is your entryway to the corporate world. Because of this, people have long followed the traditional way on how to craft a resume: put in all your achievements, your educational background and you are good to go. 

In his career development book Lose the Resume, Land the Job, however, Gary Burnison explains how your resume needs to tell a story about yourself that speaks to your competencies, purpose, passion, and values. 

The book includes tips, assessments, questionnaires, and other tools and advice for young professionals through middle managers. 



96. Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life

Questions Are the Answer - A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life by Hal Gregersen

  • Author: Hal Gregersen
  • Best for: People looking to improve their problem-solving skills.

Are you stuck in a part of your work and can’t move forward? Is there a problem that seems to have no solution to? Is a question perplexing your mind that you don’t know how to answer or address? If yes, then this may be the right book for you. 

In the book, Questions Are the Answer: A Breakthrough Approach to Your Most Vexing Problems at Work and in Life Hal Gregersen says creative problem-solvers will tell you that the key to their success is asking a different question.

Gregersen explores the power of questions and how people should learn more about how to channel them for problem-solving. His career development book delivers his insights about the conditions that give rise to catalytic questions—and breakthrough insights—and how anyone can create them.



97. Wait, What?: And Life’s Other Essential Questions

Wait, What - And Life's Other Essential Questions by James E. Ryan

  • Author: James E. Ryan
  • Best for: People looking for the “right wisdom” in life.

Most of the time, people are afraid to ask questions for fear of judgement or embarrassment. For many people, asking questions is equated to foolishness, ignorance, or senselessness. 

The book Wait, What?: And Life’s Other Essential Questions by author James Ryan is based on the art of asking (and answering) good questions by the Dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Ryan explores in his career development book how a good question, on the other hand, inspires a good answer and, in the process, invites deeper understanding and more meaningful connections between people. He cites five questions in particular: (1) Wait, what?, (2) I wonder…? (3), Couldn’t we at least…?, (4) How can I help? and (5) What truly matters?

Using examples from politics, history, popular culture, and social movements, as well as his own personal life, Ryan demonstrates how these essential inquiries generate understanding, spark curiosity, and initiate progress.



98. Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick-Ass. Repeat

Extreme You - Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat by Sarah Robb OHagan

In her book Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick-Ass. Repeat, Sarah Robb O’Hagan proves that the road to success is paved with ups and downs, dramatic successes and epic fails. 

O’Hagan says in every failure, people are faced with the temptation to play it safe. However, this is how you stagnate. Playing it safe and refusing to break out of the norm stifles passions and ignores talents. In her career development book, she teaches her readers how to make bolder choices.

The book contains ten simple parts to elevate and level up your standing. One: Check yourself out, Two: Ignite your magic drive, Three: Get out of line, Four: Get over yourself, Five: Pain Training, Six: Stay Stubbornly Humble, Seven: Play your specialist game, Eight: Change the game, Nine: Calling all extremes and Ten: Break yourself to make yourself. 



99. What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data

What To Do When Machines Do Everything by Malcolm Frank

  • Author: Malcolm Frank
  • Best for: People who want to learn how to ride the tides of digitization.

Digitization and artificial intelligence have always been a cause of fear for humans’ job security, especially with widespread automation. However, in his book What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data, Malcolm Frank aims to give his readers a playbook for the future of business. 

The book has twelve comprehensive chapters. The first three chapters focus on how machines are expected to do everything and how it is going to take away jobs. The next three chapters explain how you can work around these new machines by creating new systems. The following three chapters talk about how you can change the system and beat the game. The last three chapters give readers insights on making innovations with the machine. 



100. Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind

Tinker Dabble Doodle Try - Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind

The corporate world has a knack for stifling the mind’s creativity. It incentives people who know how to focus and discourages the mind to wander, stall, rest, and unfocus. 

In his career development book Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind, Srinivasan Pillay explores three main techniques to unleash your creative self. He talks about how tinkering with ideas releases your mind, how dabbling in a new journey will push for reactive thinking and help you see problems in a different light and how doodling can help you tap into another brain frequency. 

The book has six parts: the beat of your brain, conjuring creativity, dynamic learning in a brave new world, mastering multitasking, getting unstuck, and from disenchantment to greatness. 



101. Modern Etiquette for a Better Life: Master All Social and Business Exchanges

Modern Etiquette for a Better Life - Master All Social and Business Exchanges by Diane Gottsman

  • Author: Diane Gottsman
  • Best for: People who care about manners and etiquette.

The book Modern Etiquette for a Better Life: Master All Social and Business Exchanges by Diane Gottsman is a guide on how to retain proper manners and etiquette on your ascent to the top. 

Gottsman says in today’s busy world, there are too many instances when proper social behavior can go awry. As such, knowing what to say, wear, and how to conduct ourselves not only opens many doors but also puts us at ease and brings out the best in us.

This career development book is divided into three main sections. Section 1 talks about conquering business from the breakroom to the boardroom. Section 2, meanwhile, talks about the delicate art of a powerful business meal. Lastly, Section 3 guides the readers on the social skills that dazzle and shine. 



102. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team

Find Your Why - A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek

  • Author: Simon Sinek
  • Best for: People looking for practical tips on how to find your purpose.

Simon Sinek believes fulfillment is a right and not a privilege. “We are all entitled to wake up in the morning inspired to go to work, feel safe when we’re there and return home fulfilled at the end of the day,” he says. 

In his book Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team, Sinek gives his readers detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process of finding their life’s purpose. 

He also helps readers address their most important concerns about their “why” including questions like: “What if my why sounds just like my competitor’s?”, “Can I have more than one why?”, “If my work doesn’t match my why, what should I do?” and “What if my team can’t agree on our why?”



103. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work - Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

  • Author: Cal Newport
  • Best for: People who want to learn how to stay focused.

According to Cal Newport, deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. If you are looking for ways on how to gain this level of professional focus, then this career development book may be for you. 

In his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Newport discusses how in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits.

Being extremely focused on what you do will essentially make you better and provide a sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship.



104. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big - Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

  • Author: Scott Adams
  • Best for: People who want a different perspective on failure.

In life, failure is almost always a staple. Not all people will succeed, but everyone will experience failure at one point one way or another. However, there is not much discussion about how to take failure gracefully and turn it into greatness. 

In his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, Scott Adams discusses some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. Among these include thoughts like: “Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners”; “Passion is bull. What you need is personal energy”; “A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable” and “You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others.”



105. Mastery

Mastery by Robert Greene

  • Author: Robert Greene
  • Best for: People who want to be masters in their craft.

In his book Mastery, author Robert Greene says every one of us has the potential to be a master, but not everyone knows how to. 

His career development book guides readers through the secrets of how to achieve a certain level of mastery. He goes through the process of choosing a field, submitting to a rigorous apprenticeship, absorbing the hidden knowledge possessed by those with years of experience, surging past competitors to surpass them in brilliance, and exploding established patterns from within. 

Greene’s expertise in the laws of power, combined with the assessment of the behaviors of Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Leonardo da Vinci and the nine contemporary Masters interviewed for this book, will guide readers on how to unlock the passion from within. 



106. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Big Magic - Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Best for: People who want to break free from barriers of fear and dive into creativity.

In her career development book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, author Elizabeth Gilbert explores her personal journey to impart her wisdom and perspective about creativity. Gilbert aims to give her readers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. 

Among her top thoughts and tips include embracing curiosity and letting go of needless suffering. She also shows readers how to handle passions, and how to face down what we most fear. 

Gilbert also encourages readers to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within. The book is divided into six parts: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. 



107. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

Pitch Anything - An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff

  • Author: Oren Klaff
  • Best for: People who want to learn how to be an effective presenter.

Ideas are nothing if they cannot be delivered. Do you have great ideas but are hindered by your fear of presenting or pitching them? Then this book may be for you. 

In his career development book Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal, Oren Klaff introduces the “STRONG” method of pitching: (S)etting the Frame, (T)elling the Story, (R)evealing the Intrigue, (O)ffering the Prize, (N)ailing the Hookpoint and (G)etting a Decision

The book has eight chapters that discuss the method, frame control, status, pitching your big idea, frame stacking and hot cognitions, eradicating neediness, the airport deal, and getting in the game. 



Final Thoughts

Reading books for career development not only offers benefits such as improved confidence and vocabulary, but it also sets the right mindset for perseverance and victory.

Knowing the right career books will help you achieve your goals and boost your chances of professional success. 

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