6 Books to Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Now that we’re a few days into the new year, we thought it’d be a great time to round up six books to help you achieve your New Year resolutions for your career. Whether you’re aiming to get a new job, negotiate a good salary for a new job (or ask for a raise), get better at delegating to subordinates, find sponsors at work, improve your executive presence, deal with difficult coworkers effectively, or just improve your job performance, these are worth a read. If you’ve already decided on your career goals for 2018, or you’re still thinking about what you want to accomplish this year, these six books can help you figure out how to do just that.


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How to Schedule Repeating Tasks

As the New Year starts, I thought it might be fun to talk about how to schedule repeating tasks — specifically, what yearly things do you do, or have built in to your year (month? quarter?) so that you can help stay on top of all the various tasks that build up, whether for your personal life, career development, job search, or more?

I think it all started with the “year in review” posts I’ve been doing here at Corporette for about five years now, as well as my attempt to keep on top of family photos from the past year enough to do a family calendar (also from the past 5 or 6 years or so). But the past few weeks this “review tic” has spread and I’ve been TRYING to sort way too many things lately, hoping the task will become a yearly one.  Lately my focus seems to be on drawers, and in the past week I’ve gone through my desk drawer, my makeup drawer, my sock drawer, my filing cabinets — all for the first time in a zillion years. I’m considering doing a brain dump of everything I’d *like* to sort through, then parsing them out into a few a month… but, well, I haven’t had time to do that yet.  I actually used to have a cleaning system that kind of worked like that — each month had a different “big” cleaning task (windows, blinds, duvet cover, etc) and it was all fine when I was doing it myself but I never seem to think about it since we’ve been using professional cleaners for a few years now… I should put it back on my to do list! (When I gear up for our taxes in a month or so I’ll do my yearly financial review of all the different subscriptions we’re paying for, since I tend to forget anything on autopayment. Oh, I’m also trying to get rid of a ton of bags we’ve had building up to donate and recycle old clothes…)

I’m sure that some of you guys must have even better systems, though, so I’d love to hear what you do — what do you do “every January”? Do you have different tasks for every month of the year? Do you only do big things like that (reorganizing drawers and the like) as they bug you? (What do you delegate, and to whom?) How do you organize regular review tasks like that in a way that doesn’t get overwhelming but keeps your life running as smoothly as you’d like it to?

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Top Posts of 2017

What were your favorite posts from our past year? We’ve rounded up our favorite suits for women, workwear recommendations, and otherwise done a year in review; today we’re closing it out with a look back at our top posts of 2017.  These were the top read (according to Google Analytics) and some of Kat’s favorites, but we’d love to hear yours as well! According to Google Analytics, these were our top 10 posts and pages of the year:

  1. My Review of One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Lashes
  2. Courtroom Attire for Women Lawyers
  3. The Best Tote Bags for Work, Interviews and More
  4. Work-Appropriate Nails: Length, Shape, Color and More!
  5. 6 Resume Rules for 2017 That You May Not Know About
  6. Wardrobe Essentials for Work
  7. When is a Dress Too Short for Work, What’s Modern, What Shoes Work, and How to Deal if You’re Tall or Short
  8. How to End Your Emails (And: Do You Think It Matters?)
  9. Workwear Inspiration from House of Cards: How to Get Claire Underwood’s Style
  10. Four Types of Comfortable Flats Every Professional Should Own — Even if You Hate Ballet Flats

Check out this page for our top posts of all time!

Of course, every year I have my own favorites, either because I thought they were great discussions, a story I hadn’t seen elsewhere/thought we did a good job with, or just because I really like them.  These are some of my darlings from the past year…

Kat’s Favorite Posts from Corporette in 2017…

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Happy New Year! Workwear Sales of Note

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Happy 2018!!! Let the month of incorrectly writing “2017” (if not a random other year) on your checks and paperwork commence! I hope everyone is having a chill day with families and friends, planning your goals for the year, recovering from the holidays, and generally prepping for the workweek — I thought I’d take a look at some of the sales going on right now.  The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale continues until tomorrow… there’s a big Dillards sale that I always note — and several other places have extra discounts (sale on sale!) for today, so it’s well worth a look. What are you on the hunt for? 

Pictured: Flickr / pagedooley (colors modified a bit). 

  • 6PM $20.18 sale, last day – savings of up to 87% off!
  • AllSaints – Sale up to 50% off + 25% off everything.
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off all sale styles.
  • Anthropologie – Winter tag sale, now an extra 40% off sale items!
  • ASOS – Up to 70% off!
  • Banana Republic – Today, extra 60% off sale + 40% off regular-priced items. Sister site Old Navy has up to 75% off clearance PLUS, today only, an extra 20% off everything. Sister site Gap is offering 40% off your purchase, plus having its Great Big Winter Sale, and sister site Athleta is offering an extra 20% off all sale items, today only.
  • Barneys New York – Sale, up to 70% off.
  • Barneys Warehouse – Take up to an extra 60% off sitewite!
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 60% off!
  • Bloomingdale’s – After-Christmas sale and clearance, save up to 75% off! (Last day 1/1!)
  • Boden – Sale up to 70% off (plus f/s over $49)! (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Boden.)
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale! Plus, save an additional 15% off today and tomorrow only.
  • Cole Haan – Extra 40% off sales styles with code SAVE.
  • Club Monaco – Up to 60% off sale when you take an additional 30% off already marked-down styles.
  • Dillards – One day only, New Year’s Day clearance! Save an additional 50% off brands like Cole Haan, workwear brand Antonio Melani, and Calvin Klein.
  • DressBarn – Get 25% off your regular priced purchase.
  • Express – Take an additional 40% off clearance.
  • French Connection – Extra 40% off sale with code FCE40S.
  • J.Crew – Extra 30% off final sale styles.
  • J.Crew Factory – Take an extra 60% off clearance with code SIXTY.
  • GiGi New York – Holiday Closet Sale, 50-60% off now!
  • H&M – 20% off $100 + free shipping.
  • Hugo Boss – Final reductions, up to 50% off.
  • Kate Spade New York – Take an extra 40% off all sale styles with code EXTRATREAT.
  • Lands’ End – The Great Winter Sale – prices up to 60% off! (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Lands’ End.)
  • Last Call – Extra 40-80% off everything!
  • L.K. Bennett – Up to 50% off.
  • Loft – Extra 60% off sale styles.
  • Lord & Taylor – After Christmas Sale, up to 70% off clearance.
  • Macy’s –  Extra 20% off plus free shipping with $49+ purchase.
  • Madewell – The Big One, take an extra 30% off all sale styles.
  • Mango – Sale, up to 50% off. (Lots of cute coats!)
  • Naturalizer – Today only, 50% off boots and 25% off everything else.
  • New York & Company – Everything on sale, up to 80% off, PLUS save an extra $25 off your purchase of $100+.
  • Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, save up to 50% now through January 2. See our roundup for workwear.
  • Nordstrom Rack – Clear the Rack, take an extra 25% off clearance for total savings of up to 75% off!
  • Neiman Marcus – New markdowns in the seasonal sale – prices up to 65% off!
  • The Outnet – Sale, extra 30% off winter warmers.
  • Reiss – Further reductions, up to 50% off.
  • Saks – Up to 70% off designer selections.
  • Saks OFF 5TH – Extra cut clearance, take an extra 25% off with code BYE2017.
  • Sephora – Tons of gift sets on sale! (See our recent discussion of “beauty empties” for Kat and the readers — things we use all the way and buy again!)
  • ShopBop – Major markdowns, prices as much as 75% off.
  • Talbots Red Hanger Sale! Extra 50% off markdowns for savings up to 70% off. (See our post on how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)
  • Target – 20% off fitness gear, plus BOGO 50% off vitamins.
  • Theory End of season sale, up to 60% off!
  • Tory Burch – Semi-Annual sale, take an additional 30% off sale styles with code EXTRA30.
  • Tumi – Semi-Annual Sale!
  • Victoria’s Secret – The Semi-Annual sale, 25%-60% off 1400 styles.
  • Ulta – Jumbo love, lowest prices of the season. Pureology jumbos now 15% off.
  • Uniqlo – Last chance for winter styles, and great deals on innerwear and outwear essentials.
  • White House | Black Market –  Up to 70% off original prices!
  • Zappos Winter Clearance, for a limited time only!

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News of Interest to Overachieving Chicks (2017 roundup!)

2016 Career News for Young Working WomenHappy Almost 2018! We realize that many of you may not have time to click on all (or maybe any) of the links in each week’s Weekly News Update, so we’ve gathered some of the most notable or memorable stories that we highlighted during the past year, organized by topic. Readers: Tell us some of your favorite news stories that were relevant to overachieving chicks during 2017 (whether we covered them or not)?

Interesting Stories on Work Fashion

  • The Atlantic took a stab at why workwear went from suits and ties to, well, just about anything as long as there isn’t “too much skin.”
  • The Work Uniform: The Washingtonian talked to Renata Briggman, who adopted a work uniform to avoid having to decide what to wear: “she wears black slacks, black shoes, a grey blazer and a white shirt. Every. Single. Day.” Along similar lines, Business Insider shared how a work uniform can streamline your routine — and Fast Company provided six women’s work uniforms to save time and energy when getting ready in the morning.
  • Bored Panda told the story of 63-year-old Fordham professor Lyn Slater, who was mistaken for a fashion celeb during New York Fashion Week and now works as a model with Elite London. (Love this story!)
  • Racked shared where to find “nude” lingerie for all skintones.
  • Huffington Post shared Chelsea Clinton’s response to comments about her favorite pair of scuffed-up pumps.
  • Here are the 2016 Award Winning Undies as voted by the customers of HerRoom (affiliate link).
  • The Atlantic told the lesser-known history of the little black dress.
  • The Huffington Post reported that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced plans to update the decades-old House dress code after its recent criticisms — and the The New York Times shared readers’ responses to its article about “appropriate” work attire.

Career-Related News of Note

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Our Favorite Suits for Women, 2017

best suits for women 20172017 was a great year for suits for women — these are some of my favorites from our regular feature, “Suit of the Week.” (Each picture links back to the original post… and of course, don’t forget to check out The Corporette Guide to Basic Women’s Suiting (recently updated!).)

Here are links to our favorite women’s suits from 20162015201420132012 and 2010.

Readers, which were your favorite suits we featured this year? Did you buy any great ones you loved? best suits for women 2017

Please note that anything with an asterisk is still available!

Pictured below: January / February / March

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