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Recommended Reading for the Professional World

Recommended Reading for the Professional World



Professional development is important not only for new graduates, but experienced candidates as well. For those just finishing their college degree, they may be thinking they have read enough for a lifetime and have no interest in picking up another book! This isn’t your list of typical text books!

Professional development is just what it says it is, continually improving oneself to be the best employee, manager or leader in both work and personal situations. has developed a list of our team’s favorite books and blogs to enhance development of critical work, job search and life skills, such as communication, leadership and more.

So whether you’ve accepted your first job after graduation, settled into a comfortable position or currently searching, these books and blogs include valuable tips that can help shape your career:

  • BOOKS:

  • Failing Forward, by John C. Maxwell
  • Gung Ho!, by Ken Blanchard & Sheldon Bowles
  • Good to Great, by Jim Collins
  • Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
  • Purple Cow, by Seth Godin
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell
  • The Oz Principle, by Connors, Smith, and Hickman
  • The Sales Professional’s Playbook, by Nathan Jamail
  • Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson
  • GROW, by Ken Blanchard
  • Strength’s Finder, by Tom Rath
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey
  • The Servant Leader, by Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges
  • See You at the Top, by Zig Ziglar
  • Employee Motivation, by Rober Wubbolding
  • Rework, by Jason Fried & Davide Heinemeier Hansson
  • The Zax (The Sneetches and Other Stories), by Dr. Seuss


So get started strengthening your skills--visit one of these blogs, make a trip to the library or bookstore, or download an e-book! As always, you can find great tips in the Newsletter Archives, or by following us on social media!

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