10 Books That Will Take Your Career To The Next Level

Career Warfare 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield by David DAlessandro

1. “Career Warfare: 10 Rules for Building a Successful Personal Brand on the Business Battlefield” by David D’Alessandro.

Career Warfare is a “how to succeed book” for the ambitious person interested in breaking out of the pack and climbing high up the corporate ladder. The premise is simple: It’s hard to leave your peers behind and really excel. What sets the really successful players apart from those who never rise to the level of their ambitions is the character they reveal and the name they make for themselves with the people they meet in their working life.This book will offer concrete advice on building the kind of reputation that makes people want to take a chance on you. In D’Alessandro’s trademark style, it will also talk frankly and humorously about the absurd nature of corporate life. And it will offer shrewd recommendations to help the sane persons survive the less-than-same aspects of any organization – and eventually,  take over the asylum.In the tradition of the best-selling, What They Still Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School, D’Alessandro reveals the unwritten rules for reaching the top of any field. D’Alessandro reveals how business really works and speaks directly to any one in business – and provides savvy advice for every level.”Sure you’ll need accomplishments to get ahead. You’ll need to work hard and be smart. But the competition is stiff. Brains, hard work, and accomplishments are just a minimum requirement. If you intend to succeed, the stuff your mother told you – work hard, be polite, dress neatly, is all helpful. But the biggest mistake you can make is to assume that the business world is rational, and success will proceed in a rational manner from your good performance reviews. Corporations are really just like vertical villages, driven by gossip, intrigue, and anecdote. More than anything else, your reputation determines whether you conquer the vertical village or are defeated by it. The name you make for yourself determines whether you become the mayor – or the village idiot.”From one of America’s most prominent and respected CEO’s, with a best-selling track record, Career Warfare provides object lessons on success for leaders at every level.

The Cowbell Principle Career Advice On How To Get Your Dream Job And Make More Money by Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn

2. “The Cowbell Principle: Career Advice On How To Get Your Dream Job And Make More Money” by Brian Carter and Garrison Wynn.

Just like Will Ferrell’s goofy cowbell player in the Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell,” you already possess a unique value that people have a fever for – your cowbell. For individuals, a cowbell is a talent or gift. For businesses, it’s a permanent competitive advantage. The key to happiness and success is knowing who you are and how you can make other people happy. A cowbell gives your value to people and they love you for it.

As simple as The Cowbell Principle sounds, few people or businesses harness its full power. Many individuals struggle to find their unique gift. Some toil on things they love that no one else appreciates- these are bagpipes not cowbells. Some find their cowbell but are frustrated that they can’t spend more time on it. Still others wish they could get paid for it. Similarly, many companies begin and grow without a real competitive advantage. This dooms them to miserable pricing wars with other non-unique businesses, shrinking profits and eventual failure. This book helps people and businesses find their true cowbell, develop it and communicate it. As a result, they reach new levels of joy, fulfillment and profits.

The book is for leaders, entrepreneurs, marketers, creatives and artists who want to maximize their unique differentiating strengths. But it’s also for employees anywhere who want to make more money, enjoy their work more and create job security for themselves.

The Bigs The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals About How to Find a Great Job Do a Great Job Be a Leader Start a Business Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life by Ben Carpenter

3. “The Bigs: The Secrets Nobody Tells Students and Young Professionals Ab out How to Find a Gre at Job, Do a Great Job, Be a Leader, Start a Business, Stay Out of Trouble, and Live A Happy Life” by Ben Carpenter.

The Bigs is Ben Carpenter’s first-hand account of his life’s journey that started with a tumultuous childhood of frequent moves and the downward spiraling of his family’s finances. From this precarious beginning, Ben tells how he progressed from a naïve liberal arts graduate, to the owner of an out-of-control bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major international investment company. The book originated as a list of instructions for the author’s daughter as she was preparing to start her first job after college. Eventually, that list evolved into The Bigs, an invaluable guide for all college students, young professionals, and anyone seeking the hard-earned wisdom of a man who has won and lost many battles while winning the war of personal fulfillment.

In addition to being a captivating story, The Bigs tells you all the specific real world secrets you need to know — for instance, how to:

  • Get internships and stand out as an intern
  • Get informational interviews and turn them into job interviews
  • Get that great job even when competing against more qualified candidates
  • Get promoted by being identified as a leader
  • Have fun and be happy while working hard to achieve your hopes and dreams

During your 16-plus years of school, you have read countless books that provided you a valuable academic education, but did little to further your knowledge of how the real world works. In this highly entertaining book, The Bigs will bring you up to speed with unique stories and advice that will give you all the tools you need to survive, thrive, and have fun in the big leagues of life.

Forget a Mentor Find a Sponsor The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

4. “Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

Who’s pulling for you? Who’s got your back? Who’s putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board—but they’re not your ticket to the top.

If you’re interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor—a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.

In this powerful yet practical book, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett—author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps—shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the “two-way street” that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this book allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.

Whether you’re looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.

Improvise Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO by Fred Cook

5. “Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO” by Fred Cook.

This year alone, 3.2 million US students will graduate from college and unprecedented percentages of them will be unable to obtain jobs in their desired fields. The key for young professionals to escape this cycle isn’t in the outdated tactics of climbing the corporate ladder, but rather in forging their own unique paths.

Improvise, by GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook, is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office. Improvise combines Cook’s lifetime of uncommon experiences with his insights from a successful corporate career, as a means to help recent graduates and young entrepreneurs uncover the professional skills that exist outside any traditional office.

Following college, Cook was initiated into the business world through a dozen lackluster yet enlightening jobs, including pool hustler, chauffeur for drunks, cabin boy, doorman, and Italian leather salesman. Now he provides counsel to blue-chip companies like Nintendo, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, BP, and Toyota, and has worked personally with Jeff Bezos, Michael Eisner, and Steve Jobs. Filled with colorful anecdotes and hilarious yet poignant moments, Improvise delivers practical tips on how people can change their perspectives, using unique life experiences as means to an end.

Mrs. Moneypennys Career Advice for Ambitious Women by Mrs Moneypenny and Heather McGregor

6. “Mrs. Moneypenny’s Career Advice for Ambitious Women” by Mrs. Moneypenny and Heather McGregor.

Mrs. Moneypenny—star Financial Times columnist, TV personality, wife, mother, and owner of a successful small business—is worried about women. She understands that although women can’t have it all, they’re expected to do it all. From maintaining a beautiful house and happy children to staying late at work and keeping up with the boys, Mrs. Moneypenny is honest about the difficult choices that working women face. Time is scarce and no woman can manage to excel both at work and at home—but that’s okay.
Mrs. Moneypenny distills her own experiences and shares observations of other successful working women in this incisive, practical, no-holds-barred guide. All women, from those at the start of their careers to high-level executives, will discover a helping hand and a laugh along the way.

 Breaking Into the Game Industry Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber 

7. “Breaking Into the Game Industry: Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It” by Brenda Brathwaite and Ian Schreiber.

Aspiring and professional game developers have a lot of questions: What should be in their portfolios? How do they make contacts? How do they negotiate salaries? How much do game designers make? What should they wear to interviews? In this fast-paced and humorous guide, the authors answer these questions and many more, including the ones you didn’t know to ask. “Breaking Into the Game Industry: Advice for a Successful Career from Those Who Have Done It”, provides aspiring game developers the know-how and confidence they need to make it in the industry. Written in a unique and engaging question and answer format, the book presents a clear, overall sense of what the game industry is and how the professionals operate in it, answering the key questions new developers should be asking as they begin their career. Providing invaluable advice and tips from experienced professionals, you’ll learn how to best present yourself and your skills, showcase your work and create a compelling portfolio, and much more, giving you a leg up as you try to break into the competitive and fast-paced game industry.


Career Match Connecting Who You Are with What You ll Love to Do by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou

8. “Career Match: Connecting Who You Are  with What You’ll Love to Do” by Shoya Zichy and Ann Bidou.

“Career Match” is a one-of-a-kind guide that uses the author’s revealing 10 minute self-assessment to help people discover their ideal work. Featuring in-depth chapters for each personality type, the book shows readers how to find a career that fits their passion and personality, and then shows them how to get it. It is an invaluable resource for those in need of direction, whether they’re seeking a new path or trying to confirm that they’re already on the right one.

Advice to Rocket Scientists A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers by Jim Longuski

9. “Advice to Rocket Scientists: A Career Survival Guide for Scientists and Engineers” by Jim Longuski.

A former NASA engineer and astronautics professor offers down-to-earth advice and recommended reading on preparing for and surviving in science-related professions. This book is especially valuable for those who are attempting career transitions between the work place and academic environments.

The Pathfinder How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore

10. “The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success” by Nicholas Lore.

This classic bestseller is the career-design bible for college graduates and midlife career-changers alike. Now fully revised and updated for the twenty-first century!

Based on breakthrough techniques developed by Rockport Institute, an innovative and award-winning career-counseling network that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, The Pathfinder offers invaluable advice and more than 100 self-tests and diagnostic tools that will help you choose an entirely new career—or view a current job from a new, more positive perspective. You’ll learn:

Whether you’re a seasoned professional in search of a career change or a beginner just entering the working world, you want to make the right choices from the beginning. No matter where you are in your journey, if you want work to be more of a dance than a drag, The Pathfinder will expertly coach you through the process of designing a career you will love.

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