I Read  #GIRLBOSS And You Should Too

There is a fine line between empowering women and being a feminist manifesto, and #GIRLBOSS treads it lightly. In fact, I think if you took out all of the references to being a “girl” and just referred to it as #BOSS, the book would resonate equally with males and females. However, it isn’t, and we are Ms. Career Girl, so therefore we will henceforth discuss this topic as #GIRLBOSS.

If you are looking for career inspiration, you should, without a doubt, pick up a copy of this book. If you want to start or advance your career, #GIRLBOSS will give you the inspiration to do so. Although it is based on entrepreneurial spirit, the lessons and takeaways are applicable to climbing the corporate ladder, as well as small businesses, and of course, entrepreneurship itself. However, this book is not a manual, so take the lessons enclosed and apply them to your own situation. Here are 7 ways to channel your inner #GIRLBOSS and rise to the top in your chosen career:

1. Take advice with a grain of salt (or don’t take it at all)

Not all advice is good advice, you need to learn when to trust yourself or trust someone else who does not know the full scope of your situation. Do what you need to do to achieve your #GIRLBOSS heights!

7. Dress for the job you want

Also known as “fake it til you make it,” dressing for the job you want will force those around you to perceive you as capable and ready, rather than a “potential” or an “understudy.” Similar to the line between empowerment and feminism, the line between confident and cocky is very thin. Err on the side of confidence, but don’t shy away from expressing your accomplishments.
Let’s see your #GIRLBOSS goals in the comments below!

Amanda Kocefas

Amanda is a marketing professional with experience covering global communication, corporate branding, trade show events, advertising, web content management, and business development support. She has a Bachelor's degree in Advertising from Michigan State University and has internship experience in graphic design and non-profit event planning. She has also raised awareness and funds for several non-profit organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Relay For Life, One World One Future, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, Wright for Kids, Kalamazoo Community Advocates, and Kalamazoo Community in Schools. Through this column, she aims to help career girls everywhere master the tricky rules of communication in today's workplace.

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