It has a pretty cover and clever words.
If you’ve read my previous post “CHECKED OUT OF THE LIBRARY”, you will have seen that I’m currently reading the notorious ex “DKNYPRgirl” Aliza Licht’s début “Leave Your Mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media.” Along with a couple of other titles.
At first I didn’t really want to “read” this, I thought it would be one of those books that you have on the shelf to look pretty and say “Oh that book? Of course I have that book.” It’s pretty, it’s fashionable and it’s on all the must have lists.”When would I have time to read it?” “There’s no story so I’ll probably just lose interest.” “I’ll most likely use it for reference some-when.”
I read the reviews and I was re-motivated to pick it up. So I did, and where else would I choose to read the book in peace? The bath of course! It’s the only place in my universe where I feel I can shut the door and tell the world to piss off.
My bath lasted two hours.
I just couldn’t stop reading it! The whole time I was shouting in my head “why aren’t schools teaching this?!” I just wanted to march up to my Tutor at university and demand that it be on the reading list for the whole course (Magazine Journalism and Feature writing).
“Leave your mark…” is a candid mentor-ship that you can’t get from simply emailing “How do I get into the industry?” “What’s your best tips?” Aliza Licht is not a Basic B*tch. She knows her world inside out and she shares it in such a way that isn’t The Devil Wears Prada scary, nor is it Ugly Betty un-realistic and idolised. Whilst reading I felt cool and sophisticated, like I was talking to friend over coffee at brunch.
Licht lets us in to her failures and successes. Whether it’s telling the whole world that a Celebrity was going to wear Donna Karen to a red carpet event, when it turns out they didn’t. To starting out at the bottom of the career pile and working her way up through hard work and talent. Rather like Rachel in FRIENDS when she says she wants to work in fashion, starts out sorting coat hangers and fetching coffees to working at Ralph Lauren and being offered a job at Louis Vuitton. But it’s OK because “she got off the plane”
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is wanting to make a career in PR, Media, Fashion, Business, McDonalds, and pretty much anything. The advice Aliza Licht imparts is useful full stop. Her tips cover writing your CV, getting that interview and everything else. I really don’t know why they aren’t making it a compulsory reference at the JobCentre.
Going back to my original statement, it does have a very pretty cover and very clever words.