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Summer Reading List
When I’m not sitting in my office answering your emails or talking through your big career decisions, I’m at home reading. I have a serious thing for books! And since it’s summer, and your mind is freed from all that required class reading, I’ve prepared a list of some of my favorite career related books that I’ve read lately. I present to you: your Summer Career Reading List!
1. Lean In. A book that speaks to both women and men who work with women (that’s everybody), Sheryl Sandberg’s book is an inspiring and thought-provoking piece on leadership. If you feel like your career decision making is harder because you’re a woman, or you know there are gender concerns about your work and you want to think more about those in a constructive way, Lean In is a great read.
2. Business Model You: A One-Page Method for Reinventing Your Career. This book presents a great perspective on personal branding that involves looking at yourself the way you would evaluate a business. Identifying what your “product” is and the value you provide, who your stakeholders are help to frame your conversations and marketing materials to those you would like to “sell” yourself to. Plot these all out on the map that’s part of the book, and get inspired by the many great personal stories of interviewees.
3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. As an introvert myself, I was thrilled to read an entire book about introverts! This book has great information about how to succeed as an introverted person, and how to make decisions about what you need when you’re in an environment dominated by extroverted personalities (like many workplaces). Issues around both the handicaps and advantages that introverts experience and how these can impact your career are super helpful.
4. The Power of Starting Something Stupid. If you need a little inspiration to take a leap and do something different, whether that is taking a new job, switching career paths, or starting up a business, this book provides a kick in the pants.
5. The $100 Start-Up. If you’ve ever thought about starting a business, this book will get you there. It provides great information on how to start-up without the need for major investment, and walks through some simple but often overlooked steps that can help you be successful from the beginning.
6. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. A book on how to make better decisions! This is GREAT if you’re contemplating choices about your career, I’ve already used the four-step process that it presents in my own decision-making.
7. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Do you get super nervous before having a tough conversation with someone? This book is essentially about communication, and every job requires bang-up communication skills. Get great tips on how to deal with conversations that involve emotions, or that might be threatening to others, and then apply the tips when you have to negotiate with your boss, deliver bad news at school or work, or talk to your coworker about their problematic behavior.
8. Winning Job Interviews. This is a book about much more than job interviews, it’s one of the better career guides I’ve read (and I’ve read a lot!). Grab this if you need some good motivation and strategies to help you be more successful every time you apply.
Enjoy your summer!
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