Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures (Hardcover)
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An honest, sharp-witted, practical guide to help you get and keep the job you want—from an outsider whose been there and done it, a woman who went from being a broke, divorced, college dropout to running some of the biggest websites in the world.
Jennifer Romolini started her career as an awkward twenty-seven-year-old misfit, navigated her way through New York media and became a boss—an editor-in-chief, an editorial director, and a vice president—all within little more than a decade. Her book, Weird In A World That’s Not, asserts that being outside-the-norm and achieving real, high-level success are not mutually exclusive, even if the perception of the business world often seems otherwise, even if it seems like only office-politicking extroverts are set up for reward.
Part career memoir, part real-world guide, Weird in a World That’s Not offers relatable advice on how to achieve your dreams, even when the odds seem stacked against you. Romolini helps you face down your fears, find a career that’s right for you, and get and keep a job. She tackles practical issues and offers empathetic, clear-cut answers to important questions:
- How do I navigate the awkwardness of networking?
- How do I deal with intense office politics?
- How do I leave my crappy job?
- How do I learn how to be a boss not just a #boss?
- And, most importantly: How do I do all this and stay true to who I really am?
Authentic, funny, and moving, Weird in a World That’s Not will help you tap into your inner tenacity and find your path, no matter how offbeat you are.
About the Author
Jennifer Romolini is an award-winning editor, writer, speaker, podcast host, and digital media consultant who likes talking and thinking about women and work. Her 2017 book "Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures" was named one of the best leadership books of the year by Fast Company and the “best personal development and human behavior” book of 2017 by Porchlight Books.
In the past few years, she’s worked as a ghost writer, a development editor, an advice columnist for new managers, a podcast studio general manager, and consulted on editorial and storytelling projects around the world. She’s the former Chief Content Officer of Shondaland.com, a digital content site created by producer Shonda Rhimes. Previous to this, she was the Vice President of Content for Zooey Deschanel's HelloGiggles and the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine. Her recent work has appeared in The New York Times, Audible, Catapult, ELLE, and many others. In 2019, Jennifer Romolini was chosen as one of ten authors to create The New York Times' “Working Women’s Handbook.”
Currently, she co-hosts a weekly podcast called Everything is Fine for women over 40 with former Sassy editor and Lucky Mag editor-in-chief, Kim France.
“Part career guide, part cautionary tale; part memoir, part motivation. With the candor and charm of a big sister/best friend, Jennifer Romolini has magically written a book as funny as it is wise.” — Rumaan Alam, author of Rich & Pretty
“Jennifer Romolini has written a career guide for actual humans. Humans who make mistakes, have feelings, and are learning every day. Her advice is practical and no-nonsense while still being wonderfully empathetic, warm and funny. I would tell you this book is perfect for a woman just starting her career, but the honest truth is that even though I’ve been a manager for several years, I learned so much from Jenn about how to lead: with high expectations and compassion.” — Jessica Grose, editor in chief of Lenny and author of Soulmates and Sad Desk Salad