Books that top career coaches recommend that all their clients read

  • It’s a scary and confusing time to be looking for a job.
  • We asked top career coaches for the books they recommend to all their clients who feel lost, stuck, or ready to start something brand-new.
  • Their recommendations, listed below, include business classics and contemporary guides to career changes.
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The pandemic recession has thrown a wrench in many people’s career plans.

In some industries, it’s all but impossible to find an employer that’s hiring. Other businesses are tightening their belts, so that petitioning your boss for a promotion or a raise seems laughable.

Wherever you find yourself, it helps to know you’re not alone — and to seek guidance from folks who’ve navigated similar challenges.

To that end, Business Insider asked some of the most innovative career coaches — who’ve worked with leaders at the likes of Amazon and Goldman Sachs on issues like salary negotiation and imposter syndrome — for the books they recommend to all their clients. We heard about contemporary guides to career changes (“Pivot” by Jenny Blake), bestselling business classics (“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie), and an ode to professional networking (“Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi).

Below, we’ve listed all of those recommendations, along with a synopsis of the book, which coach swears by it, and why. Each one will help you see the current climate as an opportunity for growth — and for reinvention.

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