Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Biggest Weakness


I've been reading the book, #GIRLBOSS. Not only is it witty and packed with practical advice…but I'm 1 chapter away from being finished with it already. Anytime that I finish a book in less than a week, I know that I have to share it with everyone.

The book is written by the woman who created NastyGal (a fashion brand). To be honest, I never heard of NastyGal before the book. But I really want to shop there now!! Mostly based on the morals of the company, the hard working CEO and the vision that drives the business. She talks about how NastyGal came to be a company, how messed up she was as a youth and gives great advice on how to portray yourself as a #GIRLBOSS without coming off as cocky. And to my (relieved) surprise, she doesn't use #GIRLBOSS to bash men or push her own agenda. The book is really written for every female. Whether you're looking to find your passion, start a business or even apply for an entry-level job!

Besides the entrepreneurial side of the book, there's also a few chapters on resumes, cover letters and interviews. Although I plan to never apply to another job again (hello business owner life), I found the ideas she talks about really useful! For example, she talks about the dreaded interview question that everyone HATES: what's your biggest weakness? 

According to her (and me, since I now interview college kids to work for me), DO NOT turn some ridiculous strength into a weakness. "I'm a perfectionist." I'm sorry, but I don't buy it. In the world of Registered Dietitians the "perfectionist" response is the go-to answer. But lets be serious, YOU'RE TYPE A! You can't stand things to be unorganized, sloppy or not the way YOU want them to be… but that's not a weakness. That's who you are and thats a strength that companies need in certain divisions.

But here's the truth: I'm much more likely to hire an honest college student rather than one who is clearly just trying to impress me.

MY biggest weakness (which I've said in interviews and STILL got the job *gasp*) is my LACK of detail. I hate details.  I hate checking grammar (which should be obvious since I blog like I'm talking and not typing). I hate thinking about every little thing that could go wrong. It's just not on my radar to think through things that much. I'm more of a BIG PICTURE kind of person. I prefer to attack things head on, then figure out the issues that arise as we go. I can see the end result in my head and for me, that's enough. It must have been enough for my boss, too--since he hired me.

Even in school I was better at MACROnutrient metabolism than MICROnutrient metabolism. (Nutrition jokes, damn I hope someone took metabolism classes and understands what I mean). 

All in all, I really recommend reading this book if you're a female looking to shake things up in your life. Even if you're not ready to start your own company, maybe it will give you the confidence to start looking for a new job so that you can leave one you hate.


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