Summer Reading Series: Books With Solid Career Tips

Books are perfect for personal and professional development, especially in the summertime. Your schedule is lighter, the days are longer, and there’s plenty of time to dive into books that will offer you solid career tips. Here are six great books about careers and job seeking

Top Books For Career Advice

1. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

 Malcolm Gladwell wows the world with yet another compelling read, this time diving into real-life situations where perceived disadvantages turn into strengths that help teams, organizations, and individuals overcome major obstacles. Think dyslexia, the death of a parent, or in one example, a 7th-grade basketball team with kids who had never played basketball before. Underdogs need to believe they can win and achieve a higher purpose.

 2. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

 Many employers and managers assume that people are motivated by money and other carrot-and-stick incentives, but author Daniel Pink claims this is not true. Instead, people are motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose. And best of all, he provides techniques to change how we think, live, and get inspired.

3. 120 Jobs That Won’t Chain You to Your Desk

The Princeton Review gets it—some people want a career that doesn’t require you to sit at a desk all day—and so they’ve provided a long list with varying degrees of required educations, from college and advanced degrees all the way down to absolutely nothing but a strong will. And each profile provides a typical day in the life, how to prepare yourself for it, how to get a foot in the door, and challenges and perks.

4. Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition

Jay Abraham guides you on how to spot your hidden assets, to seize opportunities that have been overlooked, and to find those untapped resources, all in the interest of maximizing your income, influence, power, and success.

5. Never Eat Alone: and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

 Ken Ferrazzi is a master networker, so let him teach you about his secret to success: to reach out to other people. He stresses the value of connecting friends with other friends, being generous with your time, and mastering social media to help you chase your interests and goals.

 6. I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was (How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get it)

 Barbara Sher, who also authored the book Refuse to Choose!: All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams, loves the idea that your passions and your job can be one in the same. She claims you need direction to help you find your passion, to overcome the roadblocks that are keeping you from success, and live your dreams forever.

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