Just because you graduated doesn’t mean the education needs to end. School may have taught you enough of the fundamentals to land you a job, but let’s face it, there’s a ton of skills school never took the time to teach you. These “soft skills” are crucial when it comes to developing your career and while some people are born with it, most need a little guidance. This reading list is an absolute must for new graduates looking to learn these soft skills and excel in their career.

1. Extreme Ownership

Who better to teach leadership principles in high pressure environments than two retired Navy Seals. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, retired Navy Seals, walk us through how their leadership principles helped their seal teams succeed in even the toughest situations. Each chapter, they tell us a story from the battlefield, clearly outline the leadership principle implemented to succeed, and then follow up with another anecdote where this principle was applied to business. The powerful storytelling makes this book both entertaining and effective in teaching business principles.

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2. How To Win Friends & Influence People

Written by Dale Carnegie in 1936, this book has become one of the top selling books of all time. It may be almost 100 years old, but the principles taught in this book are timeless. Each chapter walks you through different techniques that will help you win favorability with others and get people to agree with you without being resented. When it comes to building professional relationships and navigating through the office politics, this book is the ultimate guide to help you succeed.

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3. Speak Up With Confidence

Public speaking is a skill that comes naturally to some but for others it’s a complete nightmare. Regardless, it is a skill that could set you apart from your colleagues and significantly catapult your career if done right. This quick read provides a lot of techniques to help improve your skills in the art of public speaking. Whether you deliver speeches to large audiences or present at weekly team meetings, this book is a must read.

4. Never Split The Difference

Negotiating is a crucial skill required for both professional and personal success. Who better to teach this skill than an experienced FBI hostage negotiator. In this book, Christopher Voss presents concepts that help you negotiate with the toughest of opponents in the most stressful of environments. Whether you’re a new graduate trying to negotiate a job offer or a seasoned professional looking to negotiate a pay raise or promotion, the concepts in this book are essential for becoming an excellent negotiator.

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5. 2 Hour Job Search

In today’s job market, anyone can easily find a job and apply in seconds. This makes it easy for the masses to apply to each job posting, so having your resume stand out has become a near impossible task. As technology changes, we need to change how we apply for jobs. This book provides a step by step guide to find and apply for the dream job you deserve.

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