Get Inspired In Your Job Search With These Powerful Books

Get Inspired In Your Job Search With These Powerful Books

2014 was a great year for books on careers and business. So why not make good use of your holiday break by indulging in some entertaining and enlightening reads. Whether you’re looking to improve your effectiveness and desirability as a job candidate or just looking for inspiration, here are a few books that are sure to reenergize your job search in 2015.

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

Following the blockbuster success of his monumental Steve Jobs biography, Walter Isaacson’s latest book is a sweeping narrative of the geniuses, eccentrics and mavericks who launched the digital revolution. In exploring what drives creativity and productive teamwork, the book serves as an indispensible guide to innovation.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

In this immensely fascinating book, Pulitzer Prize–winning business reporter Charles Duhigg uses the latest scientific research to explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. His premise is simple but powerful: If you understand how habits work, you can change your life, achieve success and transform your community and your world.

 #GIRLBOSS by Sophie Amoruso

“Before I ran a multimillion dollar fashion company, I was a shoplifter, a hitchhiker and a dumpster diving freegan with a nose for bagels.” So says Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of online fashion retailer Nasty Gal, about her unconventional path to mega success. Her funny and honest memoir shows that success isn’t achieved by following a predictable, predestined course, but rather by following your instincts and knowing which rules to follow and which ones to break.

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

From Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about how to stimulate creativity in the workplace. Producing some of the most beloved animated classics in recent history including the Toy Story trilogy, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Up, and WALL-E, Pixar has dominated the world of animation for nearly 20 years. Creativity Inc. reveals the ideals and management philosophies that led to the company’s immense creative (and commercial) success, such as:

  • Give a good idea to a mediocre team, and they will screw it up. But give a mediocre idea to a great team, and they will either fix it or come up with something better.
  • It’s not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It’s the manager’s job to make it safe for others to take them.
  • The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.
  • A company’s communication structure should not mirror its organizational structure. Everybody should be able to talk to anybody.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit by Greg McKeown

Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It’s about discerning what is absolutely essential, and then eliminating everything that’s not, so you’re more productive and spend your precious time and energy on things that really matter. A must-read for any leader, manager or individual who wants to learn how to be better in every area of their lives.

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Nicole Cavazos is a Los Angeles-based copywriter and blogger. As a former contributor to the ZipRecruiter blog, she covered the job market and wrote advice for job seekers.

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