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Did you win recently?!

Did you solve a problem, untangle a mess, or ensure that something didn't become a problematic, tangled mess? Write it in your Brag File right now! Don't forget the details: what happened, what your role was, and what it says about your whole vibe. What's a Brag File? It's just a doc you keep your wins on, so you can use them in cover letters and interviews. Easier than trying to remember that one project you did 2 years ago!

About that Starbucks racial equity training

I'm not sure I 100% agree with Kris' conclusions here (y'all know how I feel about autonomy at work, though I do think if you feel enough in danger to throw someone out of your store, ideally your manager is involved and supporting you), but there's a video embedded here that was used for the training that's worth a watch for everyone.

Be specific with your praise

This piece is written for managers, but applies for any kind of praise you're giving out (to colleagues on a project you're managing, to children you're working with, etc). Make an effort to flag for the people around you when they're doing stuff well, you'll build trust and credibility, and it makes it easier for folks to hear any critical feedback you need to give them.

Interested in management or leadership?

LeadIN has a DC workshop coming up for aspiring and new managers, and their approach looks really introspective. Which is good! IMO, so much of management is a change in mindset: how to shift from being an individual contributor to helping a team of people accomplish more than the sum of their individual contributions. Plus, they have a freebie primer, so you can see if you dig their approach before you dive in, which is dope! 

"Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"

In their ongoing series on interview questions, Idealist addresses the age old interview question "where do you see yourself in x years?" While I find the overall series to be a bit hit or miss, the advice here is very good and, while not wholly different from what I've seen, it's a lot more specific and actionable, while still being a short read. 

Trans in DC? Need help with docs?

TransLaw holds a monthly clinic where you can talk 1:1 with a trained attorney who can guide you through all your name-change processes, from court orders to driver's licenses to birth certificates. They also help clients get court and attorney fees waived in other parts of the process. Start your next job with your true name on all your documents! <3

Happy to help.

That's what MailChimp decided to title this field, and dang it, I think they were on to something. I'd love to help you out! I do cover letter and resume reviews, run an ongoing professional development membership program on Patreon, and write about work type stuff all the time, over on my website! I encourage you to check it out if you're into that kind of thing: www.ranavain.com 

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