Weekly Reads – August 20th

Welcome to the Weekly Reads, where I highlight articles that I found on the web and that are focused on career advice, lifestyle, beauty or anything I think would round up as useful for the young, modern, working woman. So get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy this week’s reads!

This week was a crazy busy week at work as I had a big client meeting –  the “do or die” sort of meetings with a full house of guests. Luckily, everything went well and the meeting turned out to be a success, which means I can now breathe easier but already start delivering on the tons of work following from that. Other than that, the Berlin summer still treats us to its best days of warmth and sun and even though I am slowly starting to feel the summer slipping through my fingers, I cannot say I am not slightly excited about beautiful autumn days. Are you guys also looking forward to the autumn?

Know your strengths… and your weaknesses as well. Nobody likes to talk about their weaknesses, but everyone has some things that just don’t come naturally to them. And that is actually alright, as long as you know them and you know how to bypass them to make sure you don’t undermine yourself and your performance in specific situations, but you are actually able to ameliorate that. One of the moments when you will need to master this knowledge over your weaknesses is during a job interview, and The Cut has a few pieces of advice when it comes to how to paint that in your next interview, be it for a new job or just for advancing in your current workplace.

Staying up to date and keeping your CV relevant. This article totally resonated with me. I am trying to stabilise my working schedule in order to make time for staying healthy and keep learning. I have always been interested in further education, be it just online courses or more formal education, but the lack of time has always been a big drawback. So whenever I read stories of other people struggling to balance the same, it really inspires me to find ways to keep going and find time to fit in everything I want to do.

Managing people. How to manage well is on everyone’s mind, and I think it’s in no way underrated. Once you are in such a position of managing other people, you should do your best to understand the impact you are having on the ones around you and make sure through it, you are actually bringing value to everyone. Career Contessa brings some real life examples and advice from women that have been there and done that. From the secret ingredient called “truly caring about people” to the benefits of “quiet leadership and amplifying the voices around you” you can find something that you can apply in your day to day job.

Skin care. I am hooked to The Ordinary and their acids for a few month already. Last week I needed a refill for some of the products so I popped over to their website for a new order. Once there I came across their latest addition to the line, Amino Acids + B5, and I could of course not resist it. Since the order arrived, I already gave it a try and I must say I love the texture – feeling like a good mix between water and oil – which leaves my skin feeling refreshed and plump. I already love it but I will report more on the long term results down the line.

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