Leave Your Mark


I read Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht on my way to the Create and Cultivateconference. I must say it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. The “Land you dream job, kill it in your career, and rock social media,” made me think that it would be more of a guide then about Aliza Licht’s career. However, every story links back to great advice making it a helpful and a quick read. The beginning of the book she talks more about landing that dream job and getting experience when you don’t have any, I know what that’s like! I felt like this section of the book was for a younger demographic as I have been out of college and working for quite sometime. Once she started advising about moving up in your career that was something I could relate too. The book is such a quick read its worth reading no matter what stage you are at in your career.

Here are the key takeaways I received from Leave Your Mark.” There is so much more that the book has to offer you can order it here.

Going for the Promotion and the Raise

  • It’s imperative to have the support of your immediate supervisor and never go above their head. You may feel that it is more productive to go directly the person who has the power to give you the raise, but you need to act as if this person is your supervisor. Your supervisor then will need to present this to their boss.
  • You need to make sure that you have facts and figures to back up what you are asking for. This is not solely about you but about how you can help the company succeed. Present this on paper.
  • You should offer to take on more responsibility and make sure that you are filling a void within the company. You should always behave at least one level above your job title. Respect the hierarchy but hold yourself to a higher standard than your job title.
  • Always make it happen. Whatever needs to be done to get the job done, make it happen.
  • Never ask for a promotion within your first year. Make sure you have held the position for at least two years.

Ways to ruin your chances

  • Never use text message speak always write clearly and concisely.
  • Social media isn’t private so be sure that you are monitoring what you are putting out there, potential bosses will see it and judge you for it.

Never say:

  • That’s not in my job description
  • That’s above my pay grade
  • You are stressed, always play it cool
  • That’ not my problem
  • I don’t know

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  • Don’t manage your peers. That is your bosses job. Your boss won’t appreciate it and neither will your peers.

Social Media

  • Engagment is key.
  • Filter yourself (you don’t want to offend)
  • Be approachable.
  • Before you start a blog make sure you know what point of view you are going to take and make sure you stick to it.
  • Be transparent and authentic.
  • Telling a really good story is more important than making money so make sure you are being authentic and captivating the majority of the time.

Be your own publicist

  • Always put your best foot forward, show your best assets.
  • The best way to get to know yourself is to write your bio from a third person’s point of view.
  • It’s not about becoming ‘famous’ it’s about self reflection and presentation.

When you become the leader

  • Never be a jerk!
  • Be a motivating leader and make sure that you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work as well.
  • Make sure you are always conveying a clear message to those around you and never micromanage unless it’s absolutely necessary.
  • ALWAYS show appreciation.
  • Give credit when credit is due.
  • Show your human side.
  • Leverage your talent.
  • Be likeable but don’t be as “yes” man.

Making cocktails count (this was my favorite part of the book as I felt like I could really relate! We all know those people that always turn the conversation back on themselves :) )

  • Networking is one of the most important things a person can learn.
  • People love to talk about themselves, so ask a question or give a compliment.
  • Make sure you are not monopolizing the conversation. Both people should be giving and taking.
  • Send follow ups
  • Don’t gossip
  • Try not to talk about work related topics, when people are out to socialize that don’t want to strictly talk about work.

These were key takeaways. Have you read the book? What were your key takeaways?

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