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. Just get yourself comfortable, pour a cup of coffee – or tea – and enjoy this week’s reads!
What have I been up to this week
Last week has been slower compared to previous hectic weeks and I can’t say I necessarily prefer it this way. While slower paced days have their charm, I’ve discovered that I much rather enjoy fast paced days and weeks – as long as there is progress and an end game to what I do, of course. The thrill of running against the clock keeps me going.
I also took a day off last week to relax and recharge a little and make sure I don’t completely lose my motivation at work. I love having a day off during the week and speding it in the city. It’s so enjoyable to see the city fully awake, with people working, runing around or just beign toursits!
What about you, how was your week? Have you ever thought about how do you like your work days?
The Weekly Reads
Unfiltered work advice. The M Dash has a lot of good career advice and interviews. In their weekly newsletter last week they shared an article with real, unfiltered work advice. I love this kind of advice that is 100% real and actually helps you do better. Special highlight below on the reality check on being confident in meetings:
But here’s where I’m going to be tough: As dismissive as you are, the fact that your co-workers are better at what I call “meeting theater” may indeed mean they are performing at a higher level. The ability to share your ideas coherently in a group is a crucial skill in any industry. You have to fix this.
Cover letters. Some examples of cover letters. From my experience, writing a good cover letter is one of the most time consuming and soul searching stages in a job hunt. You want to capture the essence of your career’s soul, your aspirations and your accomplishments and that’s not too easy to put it on paper. If you need a kick start, The Muse has some examples of cover letters for every type of job seekers.
Secrets of great leaders. As the world keeps changing “the behaviors and traits that set great leaders apart are becoming more about adaptability than about eliminating variability” and Career Contessa shares some of the secrets of great leaders.
August tech backgrounds. I love a good background on my laptop and The Every Girl just posted the August tech backgrounds so make sure to have a look and update yours.
The art of blooming late. Loved this piece from HBR on how most people are choosing professional excellence over personal fulfillment while taking a self discovery path usually comes with time. I always flirt with the idea of doing something else in life and it was interesting to see the approach they are suggesting for triggering this kind of change, by setting “micromotives” linked to specific activities that inspire you – there is nothing else than something “specific” or “concrete” that I love more!
Book club. If you are in need for a new book to read, I have seen Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead recommended in quite a few places and many people say it’s a great read. Brené is one of a kind and her TED Talk on vulnerability is a must watch for everyone.
Thank you for reading and I hope you are having a great week!