5 Career Books You Must Read in 2016

The start of a new year is the perfect time to review where you are at in your career and where you want to be. If you’re looking for guidance on how to achieve the next level of your career, reading one of these highly-rated books is a great start. Whether you’re looking to be more productive or if you’re trying to find more balance, one of these new books will help you reach your career goals for 2016.

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy By Chris Bailey

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to be more productive, “The Productivity Project” was written for you. The author, Chris Bailey, spent one year conducting his own productivity experiments and shares his observations and findings in this 304-page book.  Bailey shares over 25 insights he learned from his year-long study how to be more productive.

Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace by Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick

New technology is making many jobs obsolete, and the main concern of most people is how to stay competitive in an ever-changing job market. “Stretch” offers advice backed by global research on how to stay relevant in the workforce. From how to make career decisions that will secure your competitiveness in the future to how to stay driven during the twists and turns of your career, authors Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick cover everything you need to know to thrive now and in the future.

Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition By David E. Perry, Mark J. Haluska

If you’re looking to build an amazing leadership team at your company, “Hiring Greatness” is the guide for you. Written by David E. Perry and Mark J. Haluska, professional executive recruiters, the book focuses on hiring the “right executive.” Perry and Haluska discuss strategies on how to attract brilliant talent, as well as retaining them.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World By Cal Newport

In the first chapter of “Deep Work,” Cal Newport predicts the type of people who will be successful in our new economy. He states, “In this new economy, three will have a particular advantage: those who can work well and creatively with intelligent machines, those who are the best at what they do, and those with access to capital.” How can we become one of the people in these groups? The answer is deep work. Newport defines deep work as,”professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to the limit.” In today’s distracted society, performing deep work is hard to do! Newport offers ways to recondition your brain and increase your concentration to allow you to remove all distractions and perform deep work.

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume by Jason Wachob

Written by Jason Wachob, the founder of mindbodygreen, “Wellth” guides readers to find their paths to health and success. Wachob uses his own personal anecdotes to advise his audience on ways they can be successful in all aspects of life. This is a great read if you’re trying to find more work-life balance in the new year.