Resetting Your Year

by: The Memo Staff

How it is almost August?

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Even though we are nearly 3/4 of the way through this year, it's never too late to think about how to hit the reset button and level up at work. Here are a few quick tips to get you going!

Dress To Impress: When was the last time you refreshed your wardrobe? Well if you're anything like us, sometimes you don't know what to wear, but you just know that nothing in your closet seems to be doing the trick. If you need some #mondaymotivation, check out this amazing thread on Twitter regarding where to shop and what to buy: https://twitter.com/YourCorpBlkGirl/status/1155488455780196352 You don't have to break the bank to dress so fresh and so clean.

Reconnect: A friend told us a story the other day. A former colleague randomly crossed her mind, so she reached out to say hello. She and the colleague had a great working relationship, but time and distance meant they hadn't connected in a while. So she reached out (with no agenda) to say hi, and that she hoped things were going well. They caught up briefly with what the other was up to professionally. A few weeks later, based on their conversation, her colleague reached back out with a professional opportunity -- they may not have even considered her if not for that conversation! In other words -- stay connected to former colleagues, professors, and bosses that you worked well with. Show an interest in and show up for others. It may not lead to an immediate opportunity, but you never know where your relationships will take you!

Negotiate Your Worth. August 22 is Black Women's Equal Pay Day. Black women make 68 cents on a dollar to our white male counterparts. How do we start to close the wage gap? First, you have to go in ready to make the ask. Learn "negotiation jiujitsu" , so you can help close your wage gap and level up your career, while enhancing your reputation and relationships. In this exclusive webinar for The Memo community, negotiation expert and consultant Jamie Lee will explore four negotiation moves ambitious women can learn and master to succeed in work and life.

Show No Fear: Sometimes the fear we create in our own minds is the only thing truly holding us back. Last week, we told you to "do it scared." What is something you've been meaning to do to move the needle in your career? Is it a conference, a new class, a degree, or a raise you want to ask for? There are so many reasons not to start and so many things that could potentially go wrong. But ask yourself, what if you took the leap and it all works out in your favor? What if everything goes right? Why waste another moment in fear and indecision? Take the leap.