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Quick career reads for your poolside days

We often look forward to summer, a time when we have very few obligations and a lot of free time. However, summer can be a great time to do some professional development without the distraction of school and work.

Whether you’re sitting by the pool or on your lunch break at your summer job, these summer reads are a great way to work on your professional development.

Online Reads

If you’re looking for something shorter and easily-digestible, check out these online articles.

Business Insider’s – 6 Tips for Getting Your Inbox Under Control 

In this short article, you’ll learn how to clean up your inbox while managing all the emails you get in one day.

Inc’s – 10 Thought Leaders on LinkedIn You Need To Follow Now

This article features a variety of influencers for different fields. Whether you’re interested in psychology or entrepreneurship, they’ve got you covered.


The 2-Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton.

This manual gives career seekers a tech-savvy way to target employers and secure a first interview. Dalton explains in his book how to work through all the information on the Internet. He teaches you how to use different programs and platforms to create lists of employers and how target them.








You Majored in What? by Katharine Brooks

This book is a guide on how to accomplish a meaningful future, regardless of your major. In this book, Brooks shows you how to figure out what you want to do and how to get it in a fun and creative way. Brooks teaches you how to map out your experiences and create goals for where you want to go.





The Career Code by Hillary Kerr and Katharine Power

Our final book recommendation comes from the founders of Who What Wear, a leading online destination for accessible fashion content. The Career Code, gives career advisor for women of all professional levels. Hillary Kerr and Katharine Power created a guide for creating professional success. Kerr and Power teach you how they’ve built their company from the ground-up.




You may be thinking professional development, more like snooze fest, but we hope you’ll give these quick reads a glance and find a few helpful takeaways. Happy reading!

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