Saturday, April 14, 2018

Spring Cleaning for your Office

Spring is here (finally) and it's time to clean up. Clean up your house, finances, personal life, career, car, and office! This post is about cleaning up your office. 

1.  Clear the Clutter from your Desk. File it - Scan it - or Shred it, but get all of those papers off of your desk. This creates space for you to work and helps you to prioritize. The only papers on your desk should be "same day" items.

2.  Update your Contacts. Upload the information from the business cards you have received into your electronic contact list, back up this list, and get rid of the physical cards.

      Pro Tip: Send follow up emails and reconnect as you work through the cards.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Headshots for Corporate America

It's been 3 years since our inaugural corporate headshot post: The Corporate Headshot

While the tips and suggestions in our previous post still ring true, here's an update on my follow up photo shoot:

I took my first official corporate headshot 3 years ago. Back then I was very nervous. The headshot would be attached to my name and credentials on my company's website and, in many cases, be the first image my clients and colleagues had of me.

Ideally, you should update your headshot every 3-5 years: fashions change, your appearance changes, and the style of photography changes.

This time I did a few things differently:

1.  I did my own makeup. As a woman in Corporate America, makeup can really impact the quality of the headshot. Last time, I scheduled an appointment with a makeup artist. This time I was much more confident in my ability to create the look I wanted: a subtle, daytime look. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Where's Lex?

I haven't posted in some time. IncorporatingU is first and foremost a resource for young people of color in Corporate America. I am a young Black woman in Corporate America.

In recent months, my personal life and professional life have become challenging. Not only have I struggled to manage these elements of my life, but I struggle to discuss them, articulate my feelings, face my failures... I have not had the will to write. I am recommitting to IncorporatingU, to the readers, and to the people who face similar challenges.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

How to Get Away with Bad Grades

On-campus interview season can be a daunting period. Interviews heighten competition and insecurity that many students already experience. Taking a break from the murder coverups and sex scenes, HTGAWM devoted a good portion of last week's episode to the on-campus interview experience of law students. One recurring issue throughout the episode was grades. It appears that the Murder Crew's escapades caught up with them in the form of low GPAs and class rank.

Let's talk grades.

1. Take your grades seriously. Grades are very important. Grades are not a reflection of how smart you are, they are a reflection of how dedicated, disciplined and prepared you are. Many factors can affect grades, including poor health, family drama, relationship drama, ineffective studying and learning disabilities. Get to the source of your bad grades and start working through the issue as soon as you identify the problem.

2. Don't count yourself out because your numbers are low. Yes, grades are very important, but low grades should not stop you from applying to jobs or showing up to interviews. Even when you show up, you could still be counting yourself out mentally by exhibiting low confidence or embarrassment. A grade is not a measure of your value. You should be just as confident and willing to put yourself forward with straight A's or straight C's. The only difference is how you prepare to discuss your grades during the interview.