Books to Kick Off Your Career

If you’re embarking on your career (or know someone who is), take a look at these selections from AMACOM’s Fall/Winter 2015 catalog:

What To Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations by Keith Rollag

Jacket cover of What To Do When You're New by Keith Rollag

While What To Do When You’re New doesn’t JUST contain advice for recent grads and others freshly entering the workforce (its message works just as well for, say, a manager taking a role at a new company, or an employee quite at home at their long-term company but meeting new clients), we’ve heard people wish it had been available for them at the start of their careers. (Thanks, Eric Jacobson!) The book delves into the science of newcomer anxiety, concrete tools to move you toward newcomer success, and how to give back to new newcomers once you’re an old pro. It’s the perfect book for anyone just beginning. To learn more, find Keith Rollag’s wisdom in Fast Company, Fortune, Psychology Today, and IncWhat to Do When You’re New is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local bookseller.

The World’s Your Stage: How Performance Artists Can Make A Living While Still Doing What They Love by William F. Baker, Warren C. Gibson, and Evan Leatherwood

Jacket cover of World's Your Stage

Here’s one for those entering a specific industry: the performing arts. Building upon his celebrated Juilliard course “The Business of the Performing Arts in the 21st Century,” William F. Baker, President Emeritus of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship PBS station, and University Professor at Fordham University, has teamed up with Warren C. Gibson  and Evan Leatherwood to guide young performing artists through one of the most complex (and quickly changing) industries in the world. With the performing artist’s route to financial stability more in flux than ever, musicians, actors, and dancers need to be experts in their art and in the business of their art. The book features examples of young artist-entrepreneurs as well as lessons from the managers of some of New York’s most iconic arts organizations, including Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, and Rachel S. Moore, former CEO of the American Ballet Theatre and current president and chief executive of the Music Center in Los Angeles. Look for The World’s Your Stage in January 2016.

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston

Jacket cover of Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

We hope you get your first career job at a company where everyone is rational and open to communication all the time–but it’s not likely, because no one (no, not even you) is rational all the time. How do you deal with the sane people in your life who sometimes resort to acting crazy? Mark Goulston’s latest book teaches you the tools to transform difficult encounters into productive conversations, no matter what the modus operandi of the person you’re handling. In the workplace, you can’t simply cut off a toxic relationship–you must learn to work with them. This book will stand you in good stead as you forge positive career relationships even with the most negative people. Talking to Crazy just came out — get your copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local bookseller today.

Whether you’re a recent graduate, starting a new career, or working on your basic career skills, these books will help you get motivated and impress.



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