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Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures Hardcover – June 6, 2017
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“Part career guide, part cautionary tale; part memoir, part motivation. With the candor and charm of a big sister/best friend, Jennifer Romolini has magically written a book as funny as it is wise.” (Rumaan Alam, author of Rich & Pretty)
“Jennifer Romolini has written a career guide for actual humans. Humans who make mistakes, have feelings, and are learning every day. Her advice is practical and no-nonsense while still being wonderfully empathetic, warm and funny. I would tell you this book is perfect for a woman just starting her career, but the honest truth is that even though I’ve been a manager for several years, I learned so much from Jenn about how to lead: with high expectations and compassion.” (Jessica Grose, editor in chief of Lenny and author of Soulmates and Sad Desk Salad)
From the Back Cover
An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get the job you want and keep it—from an outsider who has been there and done that; a woman who went from being a broke, divorced college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world
Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit but navigated her way through New York media and became a boss—an editor in chief, an editorial director, and a vice president—in little more than a decade. In Weird in a World That’s Not, she asserts that being outside the norm and achieving high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if it often seems otherwise within the business world, and even if it seems that only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward.
Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to realize your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Romolini helps you face down your fears, find a career that’s right for you, and land a job that you love. Tackling practical issues, she offers empathetic, clear-cut answers to important questions:
- How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
- How do I deal with intense office politics?
- How do I leave my crappy job?
- How do I learn to be a boss, not just a #boss?
- And, most important: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
Authentic, funny, and moving, Weird in a World That’s Not will help you tap your inner tenacity and find your path, no matter how offbeat you are.
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Given the author's personal success, it's clear she's mastered the politics of corporate jobs, and is well-positioned to write this book. The career guidebook part of this book, is standard career advice--albeit told in a flashed out, detailed way, using the author's own experiences in hiring others. The ultimate lesson seems to be that whatever one's personal quirks, there are certain socially acceptable ways to behave in corporate jobs that must be adhered to, to keep the job. This is nothing new, and really common sense. Anyone who's ever worked at a nine-to-five should be pretty familiar with these principles, as they're pretty universal. The reason I liked this book is because of its unique message that even though corporate jobs all demand the same type of behavior, the workers themselves are individuals with their own unique personalities, and sensitivities. For some, the corporatism might be second nature, but for others (perhaps those who are the target for this book) it takes some getting used to. Overall, an engaging, well-written read.
It resonated with me on a personal level since I too have trouble shutting my brain down, always knocking myself for usually imagined missteps, and blowing small awkward moments into big social disasters in my mind when most people hadn’t even noticed my error, and wouldn’t have cared if they did. She appears similar to me in that she is probably often told she thinks too much, and those around her will either say she doesn’t talk very much, or when she does let herself speak is found to be too opinionated; at least in her mind.
The book does a great job of helping you get out of your own way, and just accomplish your goals, and for that alone it is well worth the price. Sure she was successful, and possible good looking, but that wouldn’t stop her from being weird or socially awkward. The bottom line is the help in this book comes from a good place, and will be very useful to most readers who are holding themselves back. Give it a read, it can’t hurt, and will most likely do a lot of good.