4 common issues you may have at work, and 4 books that could help

If you’re currently in a transitional phase in your career, a good book can help you determine your next steps.

2022 has been a unique year for workers and job seekers alike. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently over 11 million job openings in the US, and approximately 4 million people resign from their jobs each month. This has given employees advantages in areas such as salary negotiation, benefits and PTO.

Regardless of what stage in your career you are at, self-help books can be a great guide to discovering yourself, finding your purpose, and making tough decisions.

CNBC Make It spoke to Joyce Guan West, career coach and founder of career services company Coaching with Empathy, to find her book recommendations for four different scenarios in your career.

What to read if: YYou have no passion for your current role and are bored at work

Book: Shaping Your Work Life: How to Thrive and Change and Find Happiness at Work

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

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In Designing Your Work Life, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans help people who have stepped out of their roles to find meaning and purpose. By teaching readers “design thinking,” which is described as the exercise of curiosity, reframing, radical collaboration, and awareness, employees can transform the way they view and experience work.

Released in 2020, Designing Your Work Life is the sequel to the couple’s first book, Designing Your Life, which teaches people how to create fulfilling lives and became a #1 New York Times bestseller .

What to read if: YYou find it difficult to negotiate your salary and stand up for yourself

Book: Never Divide the Difference: Negotiate as if your life depended on it

By Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

Written by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation hostage negotiator, Never Split The Difference gives readers the skills Voss used throughout his career to succeed. The book explains nine strategies to help readers become more persuasive and persuasive.

“This book is great for understanding how to be influential and get what you want in general, not just in salary negotiations,” West told CNBC Make It.

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Shortly after its release in 2016, this negotiation guide became a Wall Street Journal bestseller

What to read if: YYou’re starting a new job and could use some help settling in

Book: The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded: Proven Strategies to Get Up to Speed ​​Faster and Smarter

By: Michael D. Watkins

“The First 90 Days” by Michael D. Watkins is a great resource for new hires dealing with anxieties about their new role. Watkins, an expert in workplace leadership and negotiation, walks readers through creating 30-, 60-, and 90-day plans to get them up and running in their new roles as quickly as possible.

According to Harvard Business Review, this book is useful in a variety of different situations.

“Whether you’re starting a new job, getting promoted from within, or going on an international assignment, this is the guide you need to be successful in your first 90 days — and beyond,” their website states.

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What to read if: You gave up your 9-to-5 to pursue entrepreneurship

Book: We Should All Be Millionaires: A Guide for Women to Earn More, Build Wealth, and Gain Economic Power

By: Rachel Rodgers

We Should All Be Millionaires is a collection of lessons author Rachel Rodgers learned on her journey to wealth. As a black woman, mother, lawyer, and entrepreneur, Rodgers shares the truth and the lies about being a self-made millionaire and shares tactics people can use right now to grow their bank accounts.

This book also helps readers change the way they think about money and empowers underserved communities to thrive, rather than survive.


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