The Best Career Books to Read During Quarantine

Looking for some good career books to read?

Time at home gives us time to reflect. For many, this time at home is time away from our jobs. Still others may face the loss of a job when the world goes back to work after this time in quarantine. 

Why not use this time to consider your career, look at your options or build the skills you’ll need to get to the top when it’s time to go back to work? To do this, spend some time reading business books that can help you meet your goals. Whether you’ve just graduated and aren’t sure what’s next, or you want to find a new executive-level career path, there’s a book here for you. 

“What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers.”career books

Has this time made you realize you need or want a career change? Check out “What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers.” 

This book is great for:

  • Recent grads facing a tough economic landscape
  • Those laid off mid-career
  • Those who want a change

Richard N. Bolles provides exercises that help you design your career around your passions and skills, gives insight to the job hunting and interviewing process, and offers valuable career advice. It’s been called the most popular job-hunting book in the world and it’s updated regularly to include the most relevant job information. Read it now and then once a year, every year. 

The New Rules of Work: The Muse Playbook for Navigating the Modern Workplacecareer books

In The New Rules of Work: The Muse Playbook for Navigating the Modern Workplace, authors Alexandria Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew (founders of, address the issues facing those looking for work in a landscape very different than the one our parents knew. 

Once upon a time, professionals picked one career path and stuck to it. Today, that’s rare. New technology, new career opportunities, and new ways to work mean we don’t find and apply to the jobs the way we used to. 

Use this time at home to learn the new rules for finding your path, landing the perfect job, and advancing your career. 

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful 

So you got yourself that raise or that promotion–now what? If you’ve reached that career milestone and now aren’t sure where to go, or feel like you’ve been stuck where you are for years, Marshall Goldsmith can help. A business coach with a six-figure price tag, Goldsmith is considered one of the most credible thought leaders in business. 

No matter where you are in your career, this book can help you remove the dysfunctions and thoughts that are blocking your path to your success and move where you want to be in your career. 

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

This is not specifically a business book but it can help you further your career. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (the publisher of SUCCESS magazine) provides an operating system that will help you multiply your success and create the life you want. 

 It’s not a magic formula. It’s a strategy guided by principles that help you get rid of bad habits, achieve lasting motivation, and make and achieve goals. Even better, it helps you do those things little by little. This is the perfect time to implement the principles outlined in this book, start making real changes, and come out of the other side of this quarantine with habits that can make you more successful. 


Rites of Passage at $100,000 to $1 Million: The Insider’s Guide to Executive Job-Changing and Faster Career Progrescareer books

This book was originally published in 1988 and is still a must-read for those looking to take their careers and incomes to the next level. This book is designed to match executive-level people with executive-level jobs and is written by a top U.S. recruiter, John Lucht. In Rites of Passage, Lucht strips away the mystery surrounding recruiting techniques so those looking for executive-level jobs can succeed. 

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