Just finished Reid Hoffman's book The Start-Up of You. Could. not. recommend. it. more.
Hoffman offers a pretty unique perspective on how to be agile, lean, scrappy and resourceful - just like a start-up (well, like a start-up should be if it wants to survive).
The biggest takeaway?
At any and every point in your career, you will need to rely on the power, advice, resources and intelligence of your network.
To clarify, that doesn't mean that the power of career sits in your Rolodex (do people still even have those?) or in the number of contacts you have.
It means that you'll get better advice on what it's like to work at XYZ company by tapping your network than from Glassdoor.com. It means that the people who will vouch for you and your skills are more important than the deadlines you make and the projects you complete. A valuable network is one that contains a smart mix of strong and weak ties, and that focuses on deep lasting, relationships as opposed to fleeting 'hey, what do you do?' conversations often found at mixers and conferences.
So don't be the creep who runs around collecting business cards and shaking hands. NetWERK: make the relationships you are building worthwhile for you and the people in them by building genuine, deep connections.
While we're at it, here's some of my other favorite career and life books. Check them out!