This month, I’m providing a career management tip-a-day (along with other posts) to help you trigger your own career management activities.
Today’s tip: document your accomplishments.
If we all agree that career management is something that needs to be practiced and not just pulled out of our job tool box every other year or so, then it follows that our accomplishments need to be documented.
There are three good reasons to document accomplishments:
If we wait to document our accomplishments, we will not be able to remember them or not be able to recall the salient points that will show the accomplishment as important to our personal branding audiences.
What should we document?
In the beginning, more than less. Later, when reviewing our accomplishments, we can determine which need to be pulled to the top.
Accomplishments share these three common characteristics:
Accomplishments are critical for career management today. With people moving from position to position within a corporation every year or so or between companies every 3-5 years, the documentation of real accomplishments will enable you to clearly explain how you deliver results.
Delivering results is a key ingredient in becoming a cubicle warrior.
Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations. In 2005, Scot started sharing these hard lessons at CubeRules.com, a site devoted to Career Advice for knowledge workers, whom he calls Cubicle Warriors.