MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact

Hanover Square: Harlequin. Apr. 2024. 400p. ISBN 9781335013293. $28.99. SELF-HELP
This workplace self-help title has useful information for any stage, but it’s mostly geared toward people beginning their careers. Coauthors Landry and Lewiss, accomplished medical professionals, acknowledge that many similar titles overestimate how much support readers have who are looking for guidance. They note they wrote the book they wish they had at the start of their professional lives, when they had to learn to navigate working life as part of underrepresented groups in medicine. The chapters begin with personal reflections, move on to why a particular skill is important, then acknowledge why learning that skill can be hard, and provide suggestions for mastering the skill. QR codes with supplemental resources are also included. The book starts with self-care, then moves on to more work-oriented skills such as remaining engaged at work, building a professional network, and how to approach human resources. A section on transferring skills to discover new opportunities is particularly relevant to changing times in employment.
VERDICT A friendly, practical guide filled with excellent advice, this book makes the ups and downs in professional life seem manageable. An excellent addition to career self-help collections.
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