Best Books on Career Development

Career and Workplace Effectiveness Books

“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Harvey MacKay

This is a list of my favorite and noteworthy career books on career development, finding jobs, work-life balance, and workplace effectiveness.

I put the bulk of the career books list in A-Z so that you can easily compare with your own library of career books.

This is a powerful collection of the best career books for work that will help you find your path, achieve career success, master work-life balance, work less to achieve more, play to your strengths, follow your passion, bring out your best, and flourish in any arena.

10 Great Books on Career Development

  1. Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level by Joel A. Garfinkle
  2. Go Put Your Strengths to Work by Marcus Buckingham
  3. Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More by John Eliot
  4. Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential AND HOW YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOURS, by Shirzad Chamine
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  6. The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness by Stephen R. Covey
  7. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin
  8. The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels by Michael Watkins
  9. Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Tony Robbins
  10. Work from the Inside Out: Seven Steps to Loving What You Do by Nancy O’Hara

Brand, Reputation

Careers, Career Paths

Change, Changing Careers


Creative Expression, Artists at Work


Engagement, Energy

Fear, Failure, Setbacks

Interpersonal Relationships


Job Hunting and Job Search

Lifestyle, Career Design


Passion, Purpose, Motivation





Work Less, Achieve More

Work-life Balance

Zen at Work