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Must-Read Books to Level Up Your Career

As summer comes to a close and the season of growth and renewal sets in, it's the perfect time to explore career books that will inspire and guide you on your professional journey.



These career books are the perfect mix of fun and insightful, offering practical tips and advice to level up your professional game. Whether you're a fresh grad or a seasoned pro, these reads will have you pumped up and ready to tackle new challenges with confidence.


 

The subtitle (Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity) sums things up perfectly…“The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time.”


The focus is on caring personally and challenging directly, soliciting criticism to improve your leadership style, and providing guidance to help others grow.



Would you believe this book is nearly 100 years old? There’s a reason for its long-term success. Carnegie wants to help readers reach their maximum potential via “six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment.”




Slightly newer than Carnegie, 2022’s Love + Work addresses the pandemic-fueled epidemic of stress and anxiety. The author believes that love’s energy must flow because without love, what’s the point?


“Whether in our professional accomplishments, our relationships, or our response to all the many slings and arrows of life, we know that none of this work will be our best unless it is made with love. There's no learning without love, no innovation, no service, no sustainable growth. Love and work are inextricable.”


This one’s for folks looking to make a change. Not just for job seekers, Pivot is intended for those who’ve plateaued, are thinking about starting their own business, or are employees changing roles within a current company. Written by a former career development program manager at Google, the author seeks to answer the ‘what’s next?’ question we’ve all faced at some point in our lives. She teaches ways to “make your next career move by doubling down on what is already working.”



Like Radical Candor, Squiggly Career is best summed up by its subtitle: Ditch the Ladder, Embrace Opportunity, and Carve Your Own Path Through the Squiggly World of Work. Gone, say the authors, are old-fashioned ‘jobs for life.’ Instead, today’s workers squiggle between roles, industries, and locations.


 

Whether you're aiming for that dream job, looking to crush your current role, or simply seeking some inspiration to navigate the twists and turns of your professional journey, these books have your back.


Do you have any favorite career books that I should know about? Comment below!


 

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