8 Books That Can Help You Slay Any Career Goal


Whether you love to learn from audiobooks on your commute or you’re looking for a solid winter vacation read, we’ve rounded up eight great books that can help you get ahead in your career—no matter where are you in your journey.

If you’re just getting started...

“The New Rules of Work: The Modern Playbook for Navigating Your Career” by Alex Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew

Back when our parents were entering the workforce, it was common to join a company and stay there for an entire career. Not anymore. If you’re just starting out and are trying to navigate the new work landscape, this is a handy guide. The founders of career site The Muse have compiled their best advice in this book to help you find a career path that resonates now, as well as build the skills that allow you to pivot easily if and when you’re ready.

If you’re ready to level up to “all-star” employee status...

“How to Be Better at Almost Everything: Learn Anything Quickly, Stack Your Skills, Dominate” by Pat Flynn

In today’s ultra-competitive work culture, constantly “upskilling” (a trendy word for cultivating new talents) could mean the difference in staying stagnant in your career and standing out as a valuable and well-rounded employee. Good news, courtesy of this new career handbook by business coach Pat Flynn: You don’t need to achieve expert status in almost anything—being “proficient” is good enough. And you can learn just about any new skill by practicing one hour a day.

If you’re the reserved type...

“The Introvert's Complete Career Guide: From Landing a Job, to Surviving, Thriving, and Moving on Up” by Jane Finkle

We know—introvert doesn’t automatically mean “quiet.” But it can make it harder to network effectively or speak up when louder coworkers dominate meetings. Enter: career coach Jane Finkle’s brand-new book. It offers tips for using introverted qualities to your best advantage, plus how to speak up and advocate for your ideas (even if you loathe the concept of self-promotion).

If you’ve just been promoted…

“The Making of a Manager: What To Do When Everyone Looks at You” by Julie Zhuo

A new promotion to management is exciting and terrifying all at once: You’re no longer just in charge of your own projects and performance; you’re playing a huge role in someone else’s success, too. This new book, hitting shelves in March 2019, covers nerve-wracking tasks from how to hire to how to motivate and mentor your team—all while exuding the confidence that makes you positively leaderly.

If you want to negotiate like a pro...

“Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Gains” by Deborah M. Kolb and Jessica L. Porter

Ready for a raise? Advice from this book can help you get it. But that’s not the only situation where top-shelf negotiating skills come in handy at work. Reading “Negotiating at Work” can also help you understand more about conflict management and give you insights into creative ways to problem-solve and spur others to see things from your perspective.

If you’re job-hunting…

“The Art of the Interview” by James Storey

Resume on point, check. LinkedIn summary updated, check. Once you’ve wowed a hiring manager with your credentials, it’s time to prep for the in-person interview. That’s where this book comes in—to help you answer both the standard (what’s your weakness?) and wackier questions like a pro.

If you want to up your networking game...

“Friend of a Friend: Understanding the Hidden Networks That Can Transform Your Life and Your Career” by David Burkus

What if everything you’ve heard about conventional networking is wrong? Written in a Malcolm Gladwell-esque style by business school professor and speaker David Burkus, this book offers new ways of considering who in your circle can actually help propel your career. Hint: Your “weak ties” could be your best asset.

If you’re preparing for parental leave...

“Back to Work After Baby: How to Plan and Navigate a Mindful Return from Maternity Leave” by Lori Mihalich-Levin

“If only someone had told me...” is a common parental lament. So consider yourself informed, thanks to this book that covers all facets of successfully combining your career and new family life. From negotiating time off to figuring out the childcare puzzle, it covers practical and emotional aspects to help smooth out the road to working parenthood.