Seven Books to Enhance Your Career Search

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Riley Ovall is Avenica’s Content Specialist and host of the WTF am I Doing?! Podcast. She is a young professional, and recent college graduate who brings her own experience and expertise to Avenica on how to navigate starting or restarting your career.

Entering the professional world or changing career paths can be overwhelming. If this is all new to you, it may be hard to define goals or know what you want out of a job. One way to combat these feelings is by learning from others. When in doubt it can be helpful to lean into the experts of success, determination, and those who know how to help you find yourself. The process of entering a new field or applying for a promotion, might be uncomfortable, but it can be an incredible success with the right guidance. Here are seven books that will inspire your process from start to finish.


7 Habits of Highly Successful People by Stephen R. Covey

Looking for a holistic checklist to become a better version of yourself as you pursue your career? Stephen R. Covey brings just that in 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. He shares his best insights from across all industries and life experiences. This book is great to keep on your desk or nightstand even after reading to flip through for daily motivation and reminders.


The Defining Decade by Dr. Meg Jay

This book is all about maximizing time in a defining decade- ; your twenties. Ironically, it is a great read for all ages who are looking to get the most out of their opportunities. Dr. Meg Jay offers advice based on her two decades of experience working with 20-somethings, and how to bring this advice into every phase of life. Jay is blunt as she talks about the importance of work, relationships, and identity in a person’s adult life. This book also stands out as a tool for planning in each of these aspects of life.


How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Are you in the midst of job interviews? Then it is time to learn how to influence people. Dale Carnegie originally published this book in 1936, and it feels just as relevant on the hiring scene in 2022. Carnegie makes sure to remind you that you are capable of your dream job, and in fact you should go get it! This book is meant to give you all the tools to become a “people person” who is achieving all their goals.



Relentless by Tim S. Grover

There is nothing gentle about this book by the G.O.A.T. Tim S. Grover. This book lays out the path from good to great, and it’s not easy. If you are looking to dominate any sector of your life this is the book to devour.


The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

I can’t have a list of books for the job search without a novel that makes your heart beat a little faster. The People We Keep weaves a fictional story of empathy and discovering oneself. If you are looking for something to inspire and move you in between applications, this is the perfect read.


10x Rule by Grant Cardone

Are your goals so giant that they make other people uncomfortable? Great, this book is for you. Inaction breeds fear and insecurity, while the instructions of this book will push you too achieving huge goals. Grant Cardone is not afraid to act, and after reading this you won’t be either.


The Life Lessons and Rules for Success by Oprah Winfrey

Oprah takes you through her life, starting in her troubled youth going through how she became the star she is now. She highlights both emotional and physical health throughout this book, with her biggest life lessons taking center stage. She also incorporates key actionable principles to take away while reading.

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