Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits

Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits

by Jennifer Romolini


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062472731
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,037,197
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Romolini is the chief content officer at, a website founded by Shonda Rhimes. She was previously the editor in chief of HelloGiggles and Yahoo Shine, and the deputy editor of Lucky magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and Lenny Letter. She lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Introduction xvii

Part I Find Your Weird

Chapter 1 Kooks 3

Chapter 2 School Daze 17

Chapter 3 Unhappiness Cloak 21

Chapter 4 Let Your Dreams Slap You in the Face 31

Part II Embrace Your Weird

Chapter 5 Don't Fake It Till You Make It 47

Chapter 6 Persistence, Resistance 77

Chapter 7 Surviving Yourself 95

Chapter 8 What No One Tells You about Work 113

Chapter 9 The E Word 145

Chapter 10 How and When to Quit Your Shitty Job 163

Chapter 11 Fashion Magazines When You're Not "Fashion-y" 187

Chapter 12 What I Wish I Knew 197

Part III Weird in the World

Chapter 13 That #Boss Life 205

Chapter 14 Check Yourself 235

Chapter 15 Mentorship Matters 247

Chapter 16 Regrets, I Have One 253

Chapter 17 Get a Life 263

Acknowledgments 277

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