As the weather becomes drearier, now is an excellent opportunity to invest in your career growth by reading one or more books.
We went to our trusty team at Levo and our supportive community for female, career-specific recommendations. Let us know your favorite career book in the comments below!
- Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski
This book is perfect for those who need a confidence boost to ask for a raise. Told through the story of how she eventually asked for more later on in her career, Brzezinski’s unique perspective as co-host of Morning Joe makes this an interesting and worthwhile read.
- The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric
If you want to find the courage to take risks and strive for excellence, read this book by Couric. She interviews fascinating people who will inspire you to change your life for the better.
- Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
Imagine feeling confident enough to get what you want without apology. If that appeal to you, this book is for you! You’ll find useful action steps throughout the pages on how to increase your confidence and become fearless when asking for things you deserve.
- Brag!: The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
Though self-promotion is often uncomfortable, Klaus’ book outlines the importance of bragging and how to do it in a way that doesn’t make you squirm. Her tips are easy to understand and implement, making you a pro at promoting yourself in no time.
- How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston
If you want to feel motivated and learn the success secrets of some of the most powerful businesswomen in the world, read this book by Barsh. She is a senior director at McKinsey & Company and has interviewed many influential women. By reading this book, you will discover how these ladies made it to the top and what habits they maintain every day that allowed them to achieve greatness. For example, did you know that optimism plays a big role in their success?
- 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler
This book is perfect for when you need a pick-me-up and want reassurance that everything will be okay. It provides practical advice on how to improve your self-esteem, loves yourself more, and build healthier relationships with the people in your life.
- Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life) by Cathie Black
If you want to know what it was like for Black to be the president of Hearst or learn how she convinced Oprah to make a magazine, give this article a read. It’s filled with interesting stories about some of the more outlandish things people have done to get her attention in the past, as well as helpful insights into why hard work is so important.
- Getting from College to Career Rev Ed: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World by Lindsey Pollak
Pollak’s book is full of useful tips and advice to help ease the transition from college life to working life. The suggestions in her book will benefit not only seniors preparing to graduate but also their parents.
- Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (A NICE GIRLS Book) by Lois P. Frankel
If you’re curious about the habits that both successful and unsuccessful individuals have, Frankel outlines them in this series for you. You’ll be able to learn from the mistakes of others so that you don’t make them yourself!
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
If you want to laugh while simultaneously learning, then this book is perfect for you. It’s chock-full of quotes that will make you actually laugh out loud. In addition, the advice is incredibly accurate and helpful, leaving readers with a newfound sense of confidence by the end.
P.S. Don’t forget to add Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which will be out this spring! (Pre-order the book and email the receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org for a special invitation this spring! And share the link – http://amzn.to/V7CzTA – with friends on Twitter using #LevoLeansIn.)
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