Of course, no book is perfect (and so I have my quibbles with the two books below), but here are the two career-advice books I’m telling my students and anyone else they need to read!
Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (Knopf, 2016): Ostensibly, this book is about utilizing product design principles such as brainstorming, prototyping, etc. to help you plan your life. In my mind, the two greatest things about this book is (1) it tells you how to get unstuck, if you don’t know what to do for a career, and (2) it tells you how to do networking that enables you to figure out what to do and to find a position to enable you to do that kind of work.
The Two-Hour Job Search, by Steve Dalton (Ten Speed Press, 2012): Simple, step-by-step, and specific advice on how to use informational interviewing to efficiently and effectively find a job, including the vast majority of jobs which are never advertised. (H/T to Michael Kimball-Bryant for the recommendation!)
In short, I wish I had read these two books when I started my career! Whether you’re just starting out on your career or are an old hand, you have to read these books!
(Btw, no one gave me a copy of these books to read. I borrowed either the paper or audiobook I read/listened to from my local library. The cover images are from Amazon, with cropping.)