Firstly, WELCOME to my website, so excited to be sharing the new website with you and bringing monthly blogs on topics that are relevant for the work that I do and make me curious and hopefully for you, the reader, too! So lets get started, as I get new requests for resumes or something else to assist people, it has become apparent that a lot of us do not keep records of our achievements at work unless we get a certificate or award of some sort from our employer. In the meantime, your work efforts over time may have seen your efforts increase efficiencies or work productivity, in short you helped kick goals and tick off some items in the action plan to
How do you know what to maintain a record for? And how should you do that?
There are a number of ways you can keep records for these achievements. The most common method but mainly overlooked is if your employer conducts Performance Reviews - If this is the case, keep this, scan it, old fashion file it or upload it into those magical clouds in cyber land however you store it is not relevant so long as you keep it! This information is always handy to use as examples in selection criteria’s, cover letters, job interviews and even resume highlights.
Another obvious way to review your achievements is if you are part of special projects and working to achieve outlined goals, keep the scope of works and refer to these - you helped achieved this! You will need to be specific in the tasks that you undertook and possibly request the team leader be a contact if information is needed to be verified. These resources are not only beneficial for future job applications but can be advantageous when applying for promotions, requesting pay increases, building your future development etc
Not all of these examples will be relevant and will change over time but if you invest a bit of time to yourself now it will save you heartache for the future. If you think you don’t need to as you have a very secure job, that’s great, but in this new economy a lifelong career of an individual is fast becoming a thing of the past and instead an individual may have several employers and several different roles throughout their working life which means that you have to be the best at what you do to be considered for your preferred job and the onus is on you, the individual, to invest in yourself.
Stay tuned for the next blog coming soon!
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