Recently I had the amazing opportunity to interview Kate White, author of I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know.
Kate White is an internationally known expert on leadership and success and a New York Times bestselling author of several influential books on work and careers, including, most recently, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know and Why Good Girls Don’t Get Ahead, but Gutsy Girls Do. Her advice is based on her extraordinary career running five major magazines. For 14 years she was the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, which was the bestselling monthly magazine on the newsstand during her tenure and was published in 64 countries.
Here are some highlights from the Kate White interview:
How can we make bold moves in our career and land a job that we are truly passionate about?
One of the things that is important today with the economy still in recovery mode is to set yourself apart from the pack when you are applying for the job. Don’t be afraid to show yourself and who you are. You have to make the person you’re writing to on your resume feel as if their company and their department are your number 1 choice.
What are some ballsy strategies for getting a job?
Not being afraid to show your passion and to network are critical. You’ve got to have the guts to literally ask every person that you know and every friend of your parents to open doors for you. Get on LinkedIn and use the advanced search to connect to people that you may not know but people who are in the field you want to be in.
How can we radiate confidence and get “buzzed” about?
When you’re going in an event, Google the people you could talk to and find out as much as you can so that when you’re talking to them you have questions ready to ask.
“You don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.” – Amy Cuddy
When you pretend you’re confident, it does make you confident.
What are the success secrets that every gutsy career girl should know?
You have to step back in everything you do and ask yourself:
Could it be bigger?
Could it be bolder?
Could it be better?
Could it be more badass?
Often the way you get ahead is by doing not just what you’re told to do but by going beyond that. For example, solving a problem in your workplace that maybe no one decided to solve before. Be the architect of your career and not just your job. Don’t get into a comfort zone. Maybe it’s time to make a change?
Why is it important to think about managing your career, not just your job?
If you get so caught up just doing your job, you don’t see that the years are going by. You might be at a point where you need to take a step up or even a double step up. Do the research and ask yourself, when do the women I admired hit this certain mark of their careers?
What do you wish you would have known as a professional woman just starting out in her career?
I wish I would have known that you have to be grabby. You have to seize opportunities and not wait for them to happen to you. You absolutely have to ask for the money, too. Otherwise, they will not give it to you.
If you want to learn more about Kate, head on over to her site, katewhite.com. Thanks, Kate!
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