There are thousands of books out there, but these are the ones I recommend again and again.
For general inspiration to pursue your dreams, you can’t beat these books.
Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity
by David Whyte
A wonderful, inspiring book about the vital importance of finding work we love.
Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
by Gregg Levoy
This book examines what we are called to do, and why it can be so hard to hear and heed the call.
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation.
by Parker Palmer
Palmer believes that your vocation lies where “your great passion meets the world’s great need.”
These books are great “how-to” guides for the job search.
The Five O’Clock Club Series
by Kate Wendleton
This whole series is terrific. I especially love the resume book.
- Packaging Yourself: The Targeted Resume
- Shortcut Your Job Search: The Best Ways to Get Meetings
- Targeting a Great Career
- Mastering the Job Interview and Winning the Money Game
Fail Fast, Fail Often
by John Krumboltz and Ryan Babineaux
John Krumboltz is a legend in the career development world, and his emphasis on doing something, anything, to jump start your career change or job search is right on target.
Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies
by Joshua Waldman
Social media has changed the ways employers look for candidates, and this book will help you figure out how to be where the employers are looking.
Understanding how the human brain works has become a critical career skill. From habits to happiness to emotional intelligence, these books provide readable overviews.
by Daniel Goleman
A great primer on how our brains communicate, even when we aren’t aware of what they are saying! One of the most accessible explanations of how the brain drives our interpersonal interactions
Emotional Intelligence at Work
by Daniel Goleman
For anyone baffled by the intricate emotional dances at work, this book provides an overview of what constitutes emotional intelligence.
How We Decide
by Jonah Lehrer
If you are struggling to make up your mind, this book will give you insight into the decision-making process.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and In Business
by Charles Duhigg
This book will help you harness what we know about the power of habit to effect the changes you seek in your life and career.
The Happiness Advantage
by Shawn Achor
If you are feeling guilty about wanting to be happier in your career, this book will give you the data you need to realize that happiness isn’t optional when it comes to career success.
by Susan Cain
Introverts sometimes feel like they haven’t got what it takes to build a network and be a thought-leader. This book talks about the strengths that introverts possess, and how to tap into them.
Boundaries in the Workplace
Setting boundaries, defending boundaries in a professional manner and respecting boundaries are critical career tools. These books illuminate all the different boundaries we have, and all the ways we can tend to them.
Your Boss is Not Your Mother
by Debra Mandel
I love the title, and I love the way Debra illuminates how unconscious patterns from childhood can trip us up in the office.
Boundaries: Where You End and I Begin
by Anne Katherine
A basic primer on boundaries. Short and easy to read.
Where to Draw the Line: How to Set Healthy Boundaries Every Day
by Anne Katherine
Once you’ve figured out boundaries, this book provides guidance on how to firmly set and defend those boundaries.
Better Boundaries: Owning and Treasuring Your Life
by Jan Black and Greg Enns
A more advanced, step-by-step guide to understanding and defending boundaries.