Calling all bloggers, writers and fashionistas! I’ve gathered five of my favorite career focused books overflowing with advice and top notch insider knowledge for women looking to work in fashion and/or social media. Transitioning from college to a career is different for everyone, these authors highlight common struggles, work ethic and everything from interviews to asking for a raise to being fired!
The Career Code
Recently released by the founders of Who What Wear, the Career Code offers practical advice for dressing for an interview, following up, being the best employee in the office no matter where you are in your career. Written “manual style” as opposed to novelistically this book provides a great reference to look back on when updating your resume, wondering about appropriate work wear, etc.
Leave Your Mark
I read Leave Your Mark last summer (read my full review here) and autobiography style career guide incredibly entertaining. As someone who is interested in both fashion and social media I found it fascinating to glimpse behind the scenes into the world of DKNY PR. Though this book is career centered it is highly captivating meaning you can sip a Pina Colada poolside and still enjoy reading this book. I read it in a single weekend and couldn’t help but spend the rest of the evening social media stalking DKNY!
Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office
Unlike Leave Your Mark, Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office is a little heavier and more content oriented. The book is structured into mini chapters outlining the mistakes women commonly make in the office and how these mistakes are perceived by society (you can read my full review here). This book is great for someone in a traditional office setting looking to make real tangible changes in their day to day career instead of just receiving a pep talk.
I read #GirlBoss the directly after I graduated university. Similar to Leave Your Mark the autobiography is written novelistically in a format that is meant to be highly entertaining and informative. The author emphasizes the importance of hard work, listening to your gut and investing in the right people. It is a compelling book however be prepared for a slightly “anti-establishment” vibe. The author had trouble in school and the traditional workplace and sort of promotes the idea that you can slack off wherever you want to and it won’t catch up with you as long as you’re an entrepreneur. Still, #GirlBoss is a super fun read for recent grads looking for a bit of inspiration.
For bloggers looking to improve their writing, aspiring freelancers hoping to expand their portfolios or women of any career wishing to improve their writing, Everybody Writes outlines how to write content that businesses want! Mini sections outline specific topics such as writing a blog post, a press release or for social media. The author breaks down common written material into easy to read “bite sized” chapters to help the reader improve his or her writing. Best of all, this informative guide isn’t textbook dry as the author uses her unique voice and sense of humor to spruce up each chapter.
Have you added a few new items to #YourSummerReadingList ? You’re welcome (;
This summer is a great time to refine skills and techniques to make yourself a better blogger, writer or new employee. Recent grads and seasoned career girls can definitely learn a few things from these five books and honestly I recommend reading each one!