Maybe you have spoken to a few people or gotten advice from a friend regarding what you should actually do with your life, career wise. On the other hand, you could be someone just simply doing their research in hopes of successfully switching careers. Either way, we all can agree that, as unexpected as life so often is, job changes can range between uncontrollable excitement to unrelenting stress.
Being in a world where companies are cutting off more employees than they are hiring, its time to re-check our resumes. A plethora of questions may run through your head: Is a resume enough? How should I dress? What if I’m no good at this job? Yes, we totally understand how nervewracking career changes can be. To prepare for the new and exciting happenings in your professional world, consider checking out these 13 encouraging and practical career books that are sure to calm your nerves (even a little!) and reignite your optimism about your professional future.
1) Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
This book explains how tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. How unique? For you to find out as you unravel the pages!
2) A Leader’s Gift: How to Earn the Right to Be Followed by Barry Banther
No longer can we count on traditional motivational tricks to inspire loyalty among associates. The rules of leadership have changed, and now you must be able to take a diverse team and win with them quickly. Learning the hard way, Banther can tell you with confidence that when leaders put others first they themselves become more valuable to their team and company.
3) Get Hired!: 20 Steps to Your First Professional Job – from Building Your Resume to Proving You’re the Person to Hire by Mara Braverman
Do you feel unsure of yourself and worried that you won’t find a job? This is the perfect book! It gives you all the juicy details on how to prove you’re the person to hire, no matter what questions the interviewer asks, makes you sound like a professional and feel more confident!
4. They Don’t Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something’s Guide to the Business World by Alexandra Levit
Rated as one of the best books any fresh graduate should read upon graduation or even before graduating. An early start is always good practice anyway. So for all soon-to-be professionals, grab this on your way out of then bookstore and let us know what practical skills that you found relevant and useful to yourself!
5. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink
The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind, whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t. This book will definitely have a place on my bookshelf now!
6) Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
In this amazing book, Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “Outliers“. The best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the ultimate question: What makes high-achievers different? Gladwell also adds on the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
7) The CEO’s Playbook: Turning the Employees You Have into the Dream Team You Always Wanted by Nora Ganescu
Of all the books on this list, I feel this book was the one I was most drawn to. Probably because of the title and the cool cover. This books teaches you how to establish an exciting and innovative workplace by letting you in on the only effective starting point for creating change: understanding why much of what is practiced by companies before is not working anymore and learning how to bring people together in passionate and engaging conversations and much more.
There you have it! Our top 7 picks to help you on your journey to success! Let us know what you think of these books in the comments below or, even better, recommend your top picks!
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