Today’s women tend to be on the perfectionist track. They think, ‘I’m either 100 percent good or I’m a 100 percent failure
How do you go from secretary to creative director like Peggy Olson on Mad Men? For starters, don’t let so-called male-sounding adjectives, such as “assertive,” “independent,” “aggressive,” and “analytical,” in the job description keep you from going for a more advanced gig.
In a recent study, German researchers had 260 people review fictional employment listings, and found that women shied away from certain words like the ones mentioned above and gravitated toward others such as “dedicated,” “responsible,” “conscientious,” and “sociable.” However, the wording made no difference to male subjects.
I gave a few good tips to the folks at Shape Mag here. Read it and don’t be afraid to go after opportunity. Don’t let perfectionism rob you of success. You’re Better Than Perfect!