Career Development Books To Help Your Career

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Building a fulfilling career involves reflection on not only the type of work which suits your skills and talent, but also the type of life you wish to lead.

Here are 5 career books that may come in handy to guide you on the right path to career success.

Understanding Your Personality

Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type

This book is a timeless classic on the power of personality type in achieving job satisfaction. For instance, if you don’t like math, chances are you may not do very well as an accountant. Exploring different personality types and popular occupations which may suit your personality, it also offers guidance on a better perspective of your strengths and weaknesses and efficient ways of conducting a job search.

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Practical Advice

What Color Is Your Parachute?

Regarded as one of the most popular career advice books, it offers advice ranging from preparing your resume, job hunting strategies to social media presence for securing your dream job. Written by Richard Nelson Bolles, founder of the modern career counseling field, the book provides valuable guidance on identifying the suitable career options which fits your personality type.

Being A Young Female Job Seeker

Savvy! The Young Woman’s Guide To Career Success

Authors, Alice Nagle and Luanne Tierney, provide valuable insights and tips for your women to get ahead at work. As ambitious Silicon Valley marketing experts, they explore ways to increase confidence at the workplace, master effective communication and presentation skills through personal stories gained from their work experience. The book also highlights the importance of building your personal brand through online presence and targeted at women in their 20s to 30s starting their careers.

Developing Soft Skills

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

Author and Harvard professor Amy Cuddy helps readers to take charge of personal power in dealing with life and career challenges. Learn how to establish your ‘presence’ and make a good impression whether you are attending your first interview or giving a public speech.

Counterintuitive Advice

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

According to author Cal Newport, “follow your passion” is actually bad advice. The author puts forward cogent arguments that it is better to develop skills than focus on your passion to achieve career success. The book features interviews and success stories of freelancers to venture capitalists which helps readers to adopt strategies for fulfilling careers and lives.


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