19 Best Books on Soft Skills

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Soft Skills, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Soft Skills Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Soft Skills below.

1. Soft Skills for Career Development

1."Personality Development and Soft Skills (Old Edition)" by Barun K Mitra
“Personality Development and Soft Skills (Old Edition)” Book Review: This book is designed to assist as a textbook that addresses the requirements of students of any background who are at the outset of starting their careers. The book would prove fairly beneficial to young managers who have already had an experience of corporate life. The book intends to provide important insights into various aspects of developing one’s personality, as well as improve written, verbal, and non-verbal communication skills. The book also pays full attention to specific needs such as the writing of effective CVs, participation in group discussions, and tackling job interviews. Special importance is also laid on sharpening one’s public speaking and speed reading skills. The book also provides inputs on avoiding common mistakes of speech and behavior. By providing a rich array of case studies, personality improvement tests, and carefully developed classroom-based exercises, the book attempts to provide the reader with hands-on experience to cope with the demands of the world of business.

2."Soft Skills - Enhancing Employability: Connecting Campus with Corporate" by M S Rao
“Soft Skills – Enhancing Employability: Connecting Campus with Corporate” Book Review: The book helps in connecting the campus with the corporate by bridging the gap between the campus and the industry and by blending both the art and the craft. This text helps students understand and appreciate both soft and hard skills. It differentiates between unemployability and unemployment, enlightens you about the expectations of employers, equips you with tools and techniques to enhance your employability, and builds your confidence and competence to bag your coveted job. This book is divided into three sections: Section I deals with various aspects of soft skills and what constitutes soft skills. Section II describes the current challenges in the Indian educational system. Section III highlights overcoming the challenges. The book concludes that an integrated and coordinated approach by all the stakeholders such as educational institutions, educators, students, recruiters, and parents is essential in enhancing employability among youth. The book is helpful to all those who would like to enhance their employability skills and also to educators, employees, educational institutions, recruiters, and above all students.

3."communication and soft skill development (first edition)" by career publications and Ashwini Deshpande
“Soft Skills Training: A Workbook to Develop Skills for Employment Book Review: This workbook is a compilation of the soft skills class material. This book has a unique collection of essays, exercises, quotes, and maxims that will give students a realistic perspective on work-related expectations and the expectations of the supervisors who hire them. This book will help students develop their problem-solving skills, guide them in making appropriate decisions, and create a desire to plan out goals and achieve them. The workbook-style is challenging and playful, serious and engaging and a stepping stone to developing the cognitive skills necessary to quash unproductive thinking and self-defeating emotional behaviors.

4."Soft Skills Training: A Workbook to Develop Skills for Employment" by Frederick H Wentz
5."Design Your Career- Soft Skills Of Career" by Yogesh P Chopade
6."Successful Career Soft Skills And Business English Personality Development And Career Path" by Varanasi Bhaskara Rao and Y Kameswari
7."Enhancing Soft Skills Through Learner Centered Activities at Ug Level" by Raj K Bharathi
8."Challenge the Interview by Developing Soft Skills" by Maruthi Gandikota Prathap
“Challenge the Interview by Developing Soft Skills” Book Review: This book on “Challenge the Interview by Developing Soft Skills” has a detailed explanation about soft skills such as Interview Skills, Group Discussion, Communication Skills, and Resume Writing with real time examples in a detailed manner. This book helps job seekers to make their best out in the interview by providing them with the proper skills and confidence needed in the interviews.

9."Ten Soft Skills You Need to Advance Your Career (Andere Keys Book 9)" by Lisa Smith
“Challenge the Interview by Developing Soft Skills” Book Review: From this book, you should be able to: This book will help students develop their problem-solving skills, guide them in making appropriate decisions, and create a desire to plan out goals and achieve them. This book provides students with the following knowledge: Discuss how soft skills are important to success in the workplace, Understand the 10 key soft skills everyone should have, Use soft skills to relate more effectively to others in the workplace, Understand how to use soft skills to communicate, problem-solve, and resolve conflict, Apply soft skills to specific situations.

10."Get your First Job: A companion for getting your first job - A Guide to Employability Skills and Career Planning" by A J Balasubramanian and Dr J Sadakkadulla
“Get your First Job: A companion for getting your first job – A Guide to Employability Skills and Career Planning” Book Review: This book explains the concept of Employability and helps graduates and students to self-learn the necessary skills to become employable, in the current world. This book explains Employability as a blended competence comprising basic intelligence, soft-skills – a basket of behavioral traits, technical skills, and ambition to perform. To explain this intellectual concept a model called the “Diamond ASSET competency Model” has been used in this book. The book could be a single source addressing employability comprehensively, which would help young graduates to get their First Jobs.

2. Soft Skills for Employability

1."Soft Skills" by Hariharan S and S P Shanmugapriya
“Soft Skills” Book Review: This volume focuses on developing communication skills, creativity, analytical thinking, problem-solving ability etc. It provides an introduction and an outline on soft skills. It provides knowledge of life skills, appropriate attitude, emotional intelligence. Furthermore it also presents ways for self development, process of communication, listening, speaking and reading skills. It also covers professional writing strategies, telephone skills, interview skills, negotiation skills, time management and stress management.

2."Soft Skills: Know Yourself and Know the World" by Alex
“Soft Skills: Know Yourself and Know the World” Book Review: This volume introduces the students with the aspects of soft skills in order to familiarise today’s dynamic workforce. It provides a strong base of the appropriate soft skills especially in the corporate world. It emphasizes on career planning, body language, teamwork, etiquette, time & stress management. It contains numerous figures and exercises. It focuses on Self-Discovery, developing a positive attitude, Art of listening, reading, Speaking, and Writing. It further covers skills such as forming values, improving perception, Career Planning, Body Language, Teamwork, Preparing CV/Résumé, etc.

3."Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person" by Beverly Jaeger
“Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person” Book Review: It equips the problems highly sensitive people face along with feeling engulfed by work pressures, overstimulation in the workplace and lack of confidence. It describes why traditional work doesn’t work for you and ways to handle it. It presents proven approaches to find work you can accept, inculcating identification of specific perspectives of any job that results in unhappiness, not taking up specific jobs that don’t work for HSPs. It also explains what to do to get out; discovering your true calling and how to let a calling find you and finding a job that brings joy, creativity and the highest level of satisfaction.

4."Enhancing Soft Skills" by Dipali Biswas
“Enhancing Soft Skills” Book Review: The book provides methods of developing one’s visibility in the corporate world and ways to present your relational skills by enhancing presentation skills, listening skills, interview skills and public speaking. It covers writing skills such as writing technical reports, technical articles, business correspondence, business letters, minutes of meetings and many more. It explains about business ethics, telephone etiquettes, managing time and practicing meditation.

5."Enhancing Employability @ Soft Skills" by Shalini Verma
“Enhancing Employability @ Soft Skills” Book Review: the volume aims to bring into light that soft skills are essential for one’s career growth by which one can manage one’s self, people and workplace. The text is written in case based method and is accessible through examples. It also contains quizzes along with answers. It aims at self-improvement. The book presents an explanation of What are Soft Skills? Why are Soft Skills essential for Sustainable Employability? It focuses on enhancing soft skills and emotional intelligence for Career Advancement. Furthermore self-esteem for image management and Personal Branding, work-life balance and Stress Management are also explained.

6."Get your First Job: A companion for getting your first job - A Guide to Employability Skills and Career Planning" by A J Balasubramanian and Dr J Sadakkadulla
“Get your First Job: A companion for getting your first job – A Guide to Employability Skills and Career Planning” Book Review: The work describes the topic of employability and assists graduates and students to learn the essential skills to become employable. This book is based on a model called “Diamond ASSET competency Model”. It provides employability comprehensively which would be handy for young graduates to acquire their job.

7."Soft Skills at Work: Technology for Career Success" by Beverly Amer
“Soft Skills at Work: Technology for Career Success” Book Review: this volume is an assemblage work which encompasses a printed workbook and a CD consisting of live-action videos. The book will be handy for students to develop the soft skills essential to acquire a job and succeed in their profession and within the workplace.

8."BEST: Basic Employability Skills Training: Volume 1" by Sally J Vonada and JoAnn Brunner
9."Personal Transferable Skills in Accounting Education RPD" by Kim Watty and Beverley Jackling
“Personal Transferable Skills in Accounting Education RPD” Book Review: the volume explains how generic skills are being immersed and analyzed in the accounting curriculum by academics from a range of perspectives. Each chapter provides an account of how the challenge of incorporating generic skills in the accounting curriculum within particular educational environments has been addressed. The challenges involved in generic skills development in higher education have not been limited to the accounting discipline. This book provides examples which potentially inform a wide range of discipline areas. Academics will benefit from reading the experiences of incorporating generic skills in the accounting curriculum from across the globe.

We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Soft Skills and came out with a recommended list and their reviews. If any more book needs to be added to this list, please email us. We are working on free pdf downloads for books on Soft Skills and will publish the download link here. Fill out this Soft Skills books pdf download" request form for download notification.

Subscribe to our Newsletters (Subject-wise). Participate in the Sanfoundry Certification contest to get free Certificate of Merit. Join our social networks below and stay updated with latest contests, videos, internships and jobs!

Youtube | Telegram | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Manish Bhojasia - Founder & CTO at Sanfoundry
Manish Bhojasia, a technology veteran with 20+ years @ Cisco & Wipro, is Founder and CTO at Sanfoundry. He lives in Bangalore, and focuses on development of Linux Kernel, SAN Technologies, Advanced C, Data Structures & Alogrithms. Stay connected with him at LinkedIn.

Subscribe to his free Masterclasses at Youtube & technical discussions at Telegram SanfoundryClasses.