The Trendy Sparrow: Boss Babe Book Club June and July Discussions: Leave Your Mark and Going Off Script

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boss Babe Book Club June and July Discussions: Leave Your Mark and Going Off Script

First off, I'm super duper sorry about last month's discussion that well....didn't happen. I took a vacation and then got super busy catching up with work that piled up while I was on vacation. No excuses though! Either way...I'm sorry. 
To make up for it, I'm going to do both June's discussion post and July's discussion post all in one!

First up...June's selection, Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht!

Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht has already become one of my favorite boss babe books! I can already tell that it is going to become as big and as helpful as #GIRLBOSS. Aliza is incredibly candid and provides oodles of helpful information for the modern working girl as she explains how she worked her way from being a pre-med major set on becoming a plastic being the secret identity behind the famed twitter account, DKNY PR becoming a PR executive for the Donna Karen brand.

Aliza provides the reader with detailed and practical tips on how to land their dream job. She discusses how to prepare for and successfully navigate an interview, how to write a successful cover letter, and even how to ask for a promotion. She uses examples from both her personal experiences gaining a job as well as her experiences on the hiring side to help navigate the reader though the road map of obtaining their dream job. I highly recommend this book for any girl in college or a girl who just graduated collage. It would be the perfect Christmas gift for a girl just starting her first year of collage to help her navigate her way through collage to get on the career path she wants.

Things I learned from Leave Your Mark:

1. Your dream job is not out of your reach. Go for it, no matter what your dream is!
2. When it comes to cover letters, it's better to be honest about who you are and show true interest in the job rather to send cookie cutter cover letters of your achievements. 
3. Dressing for an interview is job specific. Not every job interview requires a suit. Dress professional, but cater to your audience.
4. It's never too late to change your mind about your career. Do something that will make you happy, not what you are "supposed" to do.
5. If your dream job doesn't exist, create it. 
6. Never say "that's not my job"; show that you are willing to be a team player and work both inside and outside your job description.
7. You can use the sample principles for gaining your dream job, to help grow a business. 

Bottom line...this book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! What did you think of the book?!

Now onto July's book discussion, Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic. I was intrigued to learn that the E! News anchor and panelist of Fashion Police put out an autobiography; detailing her personal life and her rise to the top of the E! Network. While after reading the book I may not necessarily consider it a traditional "boss babe" type of book, I still really enjoyed her story and learned a lot from her. 

Moving to the states from Italy as a child, Giuliana wasn't a seller student, had some run-ins with the law, had troubled personal relationships and health issues, but always remained focus on one become a news anchor. Giuliana survived an abusive boyfriend, severe scoliosis, breast cancer (including a double mastectomy), and difficulties with infertility. Nevertheless, she remained steadfast in achieving her goal of landing her dream job as the anchor for E! News. Her passion of achieving a job that so few ever reach while also dealing with naysayers who told her an immigrant could never be an anchor is what makes Giuliana a total boss babe!

Things I learned from Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic:
1. It's okay to rest and take a break. Giuliana overworked herself so hard trying to achieve her goals...but that stress took it's toil. She is learning to take more time off, and it's making her work even stronger.
2. Just because someone says you can't....doesn't mean you can't. If YOU want it, go for it!
3. Don't let your work become your entire life. Make time for family, friends, and yourself. 
4. Sometimes big risks have bigger rewards (see her interview with Fez).
5. Remain true to yourself. Don't let your work/job change you in order to get ahead. Be yourself.
6. If something is your passion from day one...don't give up on it. 
7. Making connections and networking is just has important as your job.
8. No job is beneath you.

What did you think about the book??

Thanks so much for all of your input everyone! I can't wait to hear all of your discussion posts and thoughts on either or both books! I will be announcing the August selection next Tuesday so stay tuned. Does anyone have any suggestions for future books??

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  1. I loved how "real" she remained throughout the book, she wasn't always proper and explained how she actually felt in a situation or what she really wanted to say (but didn't). I liked feeling throughout the whole book like I was similar to her or could relate to her in certain situations.
    The most helpful part for me was her explaining how to transition into the fashion industry without any experience. I have a great job now and a degree already but am dreaming of a job in fashion and was totally lost as to how to make such a drastic transition. The tips she gives are so helpful and detailed. Overall, great book that I will be going back to often. Thanks for the referral!
    Kelsey - @miseenplace.mascara

    1. Kelsey, I think you absolutely hit the nail on the head here when you reference her "realness" as being an asset to the book. It helped her to give practical advice using examples rather than taking a "do this, do that" approach. I'm thrilled to hear that the book has helped you think more about how to possibly transition into a new field (fashion) in the future if you so choose. She helps explain that we don't have to feel "stuck" into a particular career path, but we have the opportunity to do anything as long as we have the correct set of skills and know how to market ourselves well! I'm so happy you loved the book! Thanks for being an awesome BBBC member!! :)

  2. Leave Your Mark was so informative that I feel like it should be required reading for all college graduates. I honestly had an intern who made EVERY SINGLE MISTAKE that this book advises against and - guess what - he didn't get a reference. Aliza Licht's voice is so authentic and I actually came away from this read with genuine information that I could apply to my life immediately! It encouraged me to think critically about the way I present myself at work, the type of communicator I am, and the kind of business relationships that I am cultivating. I agree with Kelsey that one of the most helpful parts was learning about how Aliza was able to translate the skills she had into the career she wanted even though she didn't have any formal experience or education in fashion. It's so encouraging for those of us who may be contemplating a career change later in life but feel overwhelmed by the idea of having to start at square one. Great read! I haven't *quite* finished the Giuliana Rancic book yet (bad book club member!) but I'll be back to comment on it when I do!

    1. Amanda, I couldn't agree with you more! I definitely feel like this book is a MUST READ for collage students. I even think it's a great "transition read" from high school to college to help prepare students early for what to expect and how to go get it. As someone who made a HUGE career change myself, I absolutely understand what you mean about it giving those who might want to consider changing careers at a later date/age extra hope that it's completely possible. I think too many people think..."well I've already gone this far so I don't really have the *chance* to change", and this book shows that that is not the case!

      I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Giuliana's book as well! Thanks so much for being an amazing BBBC member!