EMM Brag File // Digital Download

EMM Brag File // Digital Download

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A brag file tracks all your notable accomplishments, big or small. Did you nail a presentation or sale that netted huge profit for your company? Perhaps, like me, you were suddenly thrown in charge of your team while boarding the plane and you smoothly led them through a hiccup-free business trip and client site visit. Maybe you received an email singing your praises from a happy client or patient. WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN.

This is not a time consuming endeavor. Most additions should take five mintues or less to input in the spreadsheet.

Here's the thing: most bosses don't track everything you do. They might not make note of anything. If they've kept track of something it's because someone else has brought it to their attention, it was a huge accomplishment, or it was a major fail. Bosses don't have time to track everything you do.  Additionally, your professional advancement and well-being is your responsibility. As such, the brag file is a massive asset. Examples of its potential utilization include, but aren’t limited to:  

1. Writing any optional or required self-appraisals. 

2. Responding to a performance appraisal with which you do not fully agree.  Supporting documentation is important here!

3. Tweaking your resume and/or cover letter for a specific job. What have you done that would persuade a prospective employer to hire you?

4. Pitching your products or services to a prospective client.

5. Pick-me-up. We all have bad days on the job. We all have moments where we doubt our abilities or direction. Put down the glass of wine. A glance at your file when you've been knocked down will remind you what an empowered boss babe you are.

6.  Posture. You know you've accomplished incredible things. It's in writing. You can walk into any meeting, presentation, or interview knowing exactly what you bring to the table. You know they are lucky to have you.

7. Goal creation and vision. When you know what you have accomplished, it is easier to decide what you want to do next.  

8. Salary and benefit negotiations. If you want a raise or a higher starting salary, the ticket just might be in your file.

9. Jumping back into your field after staying home with babies. Perhaps you volunteered, created something amazing, or fell into an unexpected opportunity that wasn't a job. Did you join the PTA, create a small business for grocery money, or focus on helping others? Getting back into the working world after babies can be frustratingly and appallingly difficult. Be diligent in this and see the difference it makes.

*This document is an Excel file.

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