“Your career is your business. It’s time for you to manage it as a CEO.” Dorit Sher

Did you know 37 per cent of employees in Canada and the United States are actively looking for a new job? In a 2018 CBC article, Lisa Sterling, head of HR for Ceridian, cites that the main reason people seek a new opportunity is for growth. Many companies can solve this issue with a simple solution: giving their employees growth. And yet, this is an area of our careers in which we are solely held responsible. With that responsibility, it is no wonder someone will exit an organization the moment they see the slightest bit of growth. After all, when you start a new job you are technically growing in that space.

Every time you start something new, the challenge is the adaptation process gets speedier and then you find yourself in the same boat as your were maybe a year or two prior to the change. Shifting to a new role is not always the answer. Finding a new position is not always the right way to grow. There is more to this process, especially when it comes to making the right decision.

Continuous growth and learning is sometimes best done by looking at templates, best practices, and resources that can help with the real growth you need. Career books have been around for decades, but now they are more robust and delivered by professionals in key industries with insights that have not only research behind them, but real life experiences. Coaches, mentors, and managers are now writing these books to help you navigate your career development the right way. With no further ado, here are our Top Five Career Development Books:

  1. Strategize to Win by Carla Harris – This book has it all when it comes to the corporate work environment. Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor with Morgan Stanley. She has moved up the ladder through diverse learning experiences which she shares candidly with the reader. Her advice is sound, and she presents several ways of navigating through your career.
  2. Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One by Jenny Blake. This former Google career development and training specialist captures many career related topics. From navigating a tough market (economy) to tackling a side hustle, she provides it all. She gives structure and sounds advice on how to “pivot” at any stage in your career, no matter your age or circumstances. To boot, she is a nice person.
  3. The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. Hoffman is the Co-founder and Chairman at LinkedIn. This resume alone gives him the credibility for this topic. This book is a non-negotiable read if you want to build and maintain a network while thinking more strategically about your career. The stories he shares and who is in his key network is beyond impressive. Reid has developed a book that every new grad or intermediate professional should read.
  4. Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work by Alison Green. Raise your hand if you feel the day-to-day life at work is unpredictable. As we navigate work, we are faced with many different moments that leave us scratching our heads or questioning why we are there. Sometimes the answers are through other experiences and this book is a guide to navigating the day-to-day.
  5. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2019: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles. This book has been reproduced for years. It remains a bestseller for several reasons. This is a guide with useful tips and tricks to help you navigate an effective job search and change careers mindfully.

While there are several books that can support you in your career development, these books touch on different areas. If you don’t have a strong enough network or are just starting to develop questions about what is next, these resources will help.

Do you have any favorite career books you would recommend?