What Are the Best Career Books to Read?

Best Books About Jobs and Money

If you’re trying to master your old career, it’s always good to inject some new ideas into your old habits. Or if you’re looking for a new career, you probably need a little inspiration and advice to get through the darkest moments between jobs.

The problem is, there are so many books related to jobs and career advice, just looking through the list of names is enough to drain you of your brain power and life force. So I’ve compiled a list of the best career books to read.

Whether you have a company and want to make it more successful, you have a job and want to make it more rewarding or you have no job and you need one desperately, you should find a book or two on this list to help you make key career decisions.

Job Spa by Milo Sindell and Thuy Sindell

The full title is Job Spa: 12 Weeks to Refresh, Refocus, and Recommit to Your Career, and the discussion is about re-energizing your career by gaining the respect of your boss and colleagues, improving your listening skills, reconnecting with fellow employees, build valuable relationships in the workplace and creating and expanding your professional network.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions by Ron Fry

A primer for people about to go through the hell of the job interview process, helping you get your answers pat for the hardest questions you’ll be asked.

Pour Your Heart Into It by Howard Schultz (Starbucks CEO) and Dori Yang-Jones

Using Starbucks as his success story, Mr. Schultz discusses the goals and traits of a successful growing business model.

Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Discussing methods for determining your personality type and matching your career to your own personality type. Also includes a lot of examples of others who did the same.

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish

Fully titled Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm, this book studies how small, successful firms can become big, successful firms by focusing on John D. Rockefeller’s method (according to Mr. Harnish): priorities, data and rhythm.

Don’t Send a Resume by Jeffrey J. Fox

How to avoid the Human Resources Department of your potential employers and connect with the executives who ultimately decide whether you get hired or not.

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi

About building a strong network of relationships to help your business, Never Eat Alone shows that successful careers are often a “who you know”, not “what you know”, proposition.

What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles

This one has stood the test of time, going through nearly 40 editions and selling over 6,000,000 copies. Another book about finding a new career.

Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career by Herminia Ibarra

A professor interviews a lot of people who successfully changed careers, dissecting the start-to-finish process and providing lessons for others who are changing jobs at the moment.

Don’t just limit yourself to reading career books though. This career advice blog, for example, offers excellent advice and tips for moving your career forward.