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11 Books All Career-Driven Millennial Women Should Read

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Job searching can be hard.  It can take years of experience. And sometimes you even need the right connections to make a career for yourself. A mentor once told me that for every 10 or so jobs that I’d apply for, I’d likely only hear back from three or four. Maybe.

Being an English major and Theatre minor; I’ve learned that a job opportunity, usually come when you least expect them. This type of journey is great if you’re able to see what skills you gain from your in-between-jobs. But not so great when you go to a family reunion with a degree but no job in your field. Luckily, we’ve got eleven books for the career-driven millennial women who are looking for a job to help you out in your search.

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Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

1. Bossypants by Tina Fey

Career-Driven Millennial Women read books
This comic tale of juggling a work, family, and personal life is something that any woman can relate to in some part. Tina Fey lends her voice in Bossypants that is relatable on so many levels, giving anyone who reads it hope in knowing that we’re not alone in thinking that life is one crazy ride.

2. In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

If you’re feeling lost and looking for inspiration, this book may be just what you’re looking for. The stories and advice of one hundred women have been written down, and their jobs range from media titans to tattoo artists to architects. Whatever career path you’re pursuing or dream of pursuing, there’s probably a woman in here who has done just that.

3. The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

For those in Generations X and Y, this book is for you. Business can be a tough industry to make a career in, especially for a woman. This book is full of empowering and groundbreaking advice from women at the top of their chosen fields.

4. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

If you’re a creative type, this book has a ton of suggestions and exercises on how to incorporate those creative juices into your life. If you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall and ideas just aren’t coming to you anymore, pick this book up and see what happens. A creative spark from this book may give you new inspiration for your life and career.

5. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Career-Driven Millennial Women read books
There’s a lesson to be learned in Swing Time that follows the lives of two fictional characters. It can help give you a sense of perspective and remind you that developing a career is a journey. The themes of talent, ideas, and the struggles of adult life are woven through the narrative, lives, and friendship of Tracey and Aimee.

6. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh, Geoffrey Lewis, and Susie Cranston
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

This book follows the careers of five women who navigated their way through the male-dominated and competitive industries of orchestral conducting and business. The book itself draws on five years worth of research in which the authors identified five categories that any career-seeking woman should be mindful of: meaning, framing, connecting, engaging, and energizing. These characteristics can be found in all of these books and are good things to incorporate into your job search and brainstorming.

7. Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly, and Linda L. Carli
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

We all know or have heard the phrase “glass ceiling” being used, especially in the past year. It’s a common metaphor used to describe the challenges and hurdles that women often face in the workplace. What if the glass ceiling was more of a maze? That’s what Alice Eagly and Linda Carli explore in their book. Their analysis draws on research from five different and incredibly relevant fields, ranging from psychology to political science to management.

8. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

When it comes to job searching and building your career, it’s easy to feel like every mistake you make is the end of the world. In her book compiling advice from people like Maya Angelou, Katie Couric documents the path that her career took, starting out with her days as an assistant at ABC to becoming one of the most well-known female national news anchors.

9. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

Life isn’t always a straight shot, but that’s what makes it so interesting. The flip side of that, unfortunately, is that it can also be frustrating. Sophia Amoruso’s Girl Boss is perfect for reminding you that building a career is all about the opportunities that present themselves, no matter how far off the beaten track the are. The road less traveled is often harder and longer, but in the end, it has the potential to pay off big time.

10. The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson

Career-Driven Millennial Women read books
Mental gymnastics can be invaluable when building a career. Luckily, this book is a useful tool for making little changes in your daily life that will help you in your career building. I’ve been a bank teller for the past three years and even though it’s the farthest thing from the career I actually want to pursue, it’s been an incredibly valuable experience because of the skills that I realized I could add to my resume. With a little out-of-the-box thinking and this book, you’ll have everything you need to make your next move.

11. 20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler
Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

Existential crisis. It’s a common occurrence in millennials, especially after a college graduation. There are those who seem confident and on the perfect upward path. Then, there are those who have no idea what they’re going to do or where they’re going to go. Life after college is a blank slate and that can be terrifying. Christine Hassler did what many people would think of as crazy. She left her fast-paced career in order to start her own business. Like any sudden change, it was a huge risk, but it paid off in the end. She shares her story and that of hundreds of other women to encourage you to take the chance of finding the right path.

Career-Driven Millennial Women read books

Resources

Bossypants by Tina Fey

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School by Selena Rezvani

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh, Geoffrey Lewis, and Susie Cranston

Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders by Alice H. Eagly, and Linda L. Carli

The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives by Katie Couric

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson

20-Something, 20-Everything: A Quarter-life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction By Christine Hassler

We've got eleven books for the millennial woman who is looking for a career to help you out in your search.

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