No matter your experience, your situation or your industry, these 10 professional development books have all the tools you’ll need to help you to climb out of a rut and make this year your best work year ever. This is what she reads if she wants to land her dream job.
Make Your Moment: The Savvy Woman’s Communication Playbook for Getting the Success You Want by Dion Lim
ABC News anchor Dion Lim has had her fair share of ups and downs when it comes to her career but along the way, she learned that if she wanted a space in her industry, she would have to make it for herself. In Make Your Moment, Dion shares her own stories of success and failure to teach her fellow careerwomen how to get the most out of their interactions in the workplace and how to come out on top every time.
From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Be Fearless by Jean Case
Ever wondered what sets extraordinary people apart from the rest? National Geographic chairman Jean Case lets this question guide her mission to identify what qualities are shared by the greatest change-makers in history. In Be Fearless, you’ll learn the five essential principles that’ll lead you in disrupting industries and changing the world.
Getting-The-Job 101: The New Rules of Work by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew
The New Rules of Work is the career playbook for the modern working gal. Its resources are not just restricted to job-hunting; it features topics like resume-building, interview prep and curating your professional brand. It should come as no surprise that the founders of The Muse are the ones who put together this conclusive guide to navigating the workplace, and I cannot recommend this book enough to everyone, regardless of their current work situation.
Slay Your Goals: Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
“Stop apologizing so much.” “Sorry!” As women, we’ve all been there – and it’s time to stop letting other people define us. From The New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis is back at it again, this time challenging women to own who they are and what they want. It’s impossible to read this book and not feel empowered to love yourself and slay even your biggest goals.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Get Sh*t Done by Erin Falconer
Why is it that women always feel the pressure to do it all? If you volunteer for extra projects and are constantly juggling a thousand different things, move How to Get Sh*t Done to the top of your #TBR list. This book will help teach you to reduce the clutter and expand production in the areas that matter most to you.
Millennial’s Guide to the Workplace: When’s Happy Hour? by Betches
For the girl that “literally can’t” get into professional development books, When’s Happy Hour is the perfect pick to get you started. Written by and for cynically sarcastic millennials, you’ll find yourself laughing along to Betches’s relatable anecdotes on misadventures of the workplace, combating everything from psycho bosses to toxic work environments.
Climbing Out of a Rut: Pivot by Jenny Blake
Pivot was written for an audience of professionals who are looking to make a career change: to a new role, at a different company, or even to a completely new industry. It challenges readers to not let fear of failure deter them from having a truly fulfilling carer, and to break free from the carefully-molded plan of what we think we should be doing and go after what we really want.
Get Ahead: How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith
Isn’t it funny how the qualities proven to help us get ahead can so quickly become the ones holding us back? How Women Rise is the perfect office playbook for women in between entry-level and leadership that are tired of the office drama and ready to put themselves first in order to have a fulfilling and prosperous career.
Job Hunting Workbook: What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles
Have you been out of the job-hunt game for a while? Are you overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities out there and don’t know where to begin? If you answered yes to either of those, What Color Is Your Parachute? will be your bible in navigating the ever-changing ways we look for jobs. It’s all-encompassing and has more information about the art of finding the perfect job than any one person could ever need to know.
For the #MomBoss: Boss Up: This Ain’t Your Mama’s Business Book by Lindsay Teague Moreno
Are you a mommy blogger looking to take your brand to the next step? Boss Up chronicles the journey of stay-at-home mom turned multimillion-dollar business owner Lindsay Teague Moreno on her quest for success and reassures us that it’s OK to be a mom and want more from life than just sippy cups and diapers.
Get the Timing Right: When by Daniel Pink
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: Timing. Is. Everything. In a world of instant gratification, Daniel Pink unlocks the secret to the science of timing and how you can use it to your advantage to live a richer, fuller and more engaged life. If you’re thinking now might be the time to make your big career move – this is the one for you.
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Be Fearless is high on my list! Great article!