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 surgeon...to being the secret identity behind the famed twitter account, DKNY PR Girl....to 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 goal....to 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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