Are you where you want to be in your career? Do you feel stuck or overwhelmed trying to figure out how to advance your career goals? Reading advice from people who have been where you are is a great way to find some clarity. These six books about career development can help you set goals, improve your leadership abilities, and discover new ways to reach your career objectives.

  1. Build Your Dream Network by Kelly Hoey

    Many of us have trouble with networking. Some of us struggle with meeting people or with maintaining new relationships. Some of us don’t even know where to begin. Build Your Dream Network attempts to simplify the networking process. Hoey gives advice for both introverts and extroverts, so no matter where you fall this book can help you improve your social game.

  2. Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career by Jocelyn Glei

    This book is an intricate how-to-guide for career advancement. You will find career advice here from many industry experts and learn new ways to network, create job opportunities, and take risks. This book is about taking control of your career trajectory and finding your inner potential.

  3. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

    As we develop our careers, we have to put ourselves in challenging positions. Whether you’re interviewing for a new job or discussing a promotion with a manager, you have to be confident and bold. Yet, for most people, this isn’t easy. When so much is at stake, it is easy to feel powerless. This book will help you overcome nerves and find your inner confidence.

  4. Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career by John D. Krumboltz and Al S. Levin

    While most people write career plans and goals, in many cases luck matters even more than determination. It is often about being in the right place at the right time. This book will help you take advantage of unplanned events, create your own opportunity, and be more flexible when it comes to your career plan.

  5. Extreme You: Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat. by Sarah Robb O’Hagan

    Everybody loves to read about success stories. But we can often learn more from failure. This book will help you see the bright side of failure and show you that the path to success isn’t always a pretty picture. It will also help you take more risks and overcome challenges.

  6. 7 Secrets of Persuasion by James Crimmins

    You can have all the talent in the world, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t convince other people you have it. Persuasive people tend to be the most successful. They know how to present themselves in the right light, and they know how to win people over. This book will help you become more persuasive.

To make your goals happen, you need to become an active participant in your career. You need to be confident and ambitious. You can’t be afraid of making mistakes. You have to own your achievements. But for most of us, these are learned skills, not inherent traits. These books are full of great advice that can help you reach your potential.

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