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Career Books

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I’ve done a massive update to my list of Career Books.    It’s a powerful list of the best career books on a variety of topics.  Whether you’re an Entrepreneur, freelancer, Linchpin, creative artist, self-employed, or CxO, there are books on the list for everyone.

I put a special emphasis on books that help you with the following challenges:

  • How to find a job you love or love the job you’re with
  • How to deal with change and job changes at work
  • How to use your strengths at work to amplify your impact
  • How to build a better resume
  • How to interview more effectively
  • How to work better with your boss
  • How to deal with setbacks and failures
  • How to build your brand at work
  • How to work less and deliver more
  • How to eliminate the roadblocks that keep your from advancing.
  • How to promote yourself as a valuable person to the organization
  • How to improve your visibility
  • How to improve your influence and impact throughout the organization
  • How to use feedback to improve your career skills

I divided the list of career books into several categories to slice and dice it down to size.  It includes the following categories:

  • Top 10 Best Career Books
  • Brand, Reputation
  • Career, Career Paths
  • Change, Changing Careers
  • Consulting
  • Creative Expression, Artists at Work
  • Effectiveness
  • Engagement, Energy
  • Fear, Failure, Setbacks
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interviews
  • Job Hunting and Job Search
  • Lifestyle, Career Design
  • Networking
  • Passion, Purpose, Motivation
  • Resumes
  • Self-Employed
  • Strengths
  • Transition
  • Work Less, Achieve More
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Zen at Work

It’s a serious list of career skills books.  I’ve wasted my money on tons of books that were not very helpful, so hopefully you don’t have to.  Hopefully this list will save you time, too.  It may also help you explore and find out about career books that you didn’t know existed.

You’ll find a lot of name-brand folks among the list, including, but not limited to, John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, Marshall Goldsmith, and Tony Hsieh.

I hope to also introduce you to some new gems that you may not have heard of before.  For example, John Eliot wrote one of the best books on how to achieve incredible performance at work.  It’s called Overachievement.  Dr. Rick Kirschner wrote the definitive book on interpersonal skills.  It’s called, Dealing with People You Can’t Stand.  Nancy O’Hara wrote one of the most insightful books on how to figure out what you really want and how to stop thinking that the grass is always greener somewhere else.  It’s Work from the Inside Out.   One of the best breakthrough books for today’s digital economy is Six-Figure Second Income.    It’s a great overview of how to sell your experience, profit from your passion, and create passive income streams through information products.

Whether you are stuck in your career, or trying to find a job, or trying to grow your career skills, there are plenty of books to choose from.  Hopefully my list of the best career books will save you a lot of time, effort, and money to find the most relevant, insightful, and actionable books that help you improve your workplace effectiveness for the years to come.