This is the most popular article on www.careerlab.com for
good reason. It's one of the most important and
useful learning tools I've written.
Before I wrote this article, I spent at least three hours
with each individual client explaining these principles.
With these directions, it's faster and simpler. I know you'll
enjoy the self-discovery process and create the best,
highest-impact resume you've ever had.
Written records of your work results, achievements, successes,
and accomplish- ments are the heart of your marketing campaign.
They explain the essence of your "track record."
Sooner or later, you'll be asked about what I
call your triples and your home runsor else
your field goals and touchdownsor any other metaphor
you want to use. So writing them down on paper prepares you in
Five reasons to document your work performance:
You will use your written accomplishments in at least three places:
your resume, marketing letters and face-to-face meetings.
At the start of this exercise, many peopleeven senior executivessay
something like, "I didn't really accomplish anything, I just did my job."
It's natural to feel that way.
- To gain self-awareness.
- To lift your spirits and get you feeling very confident
about yourselfready to tackle the marketplace.
- To show that you have completed many projects that are
difficult and worthwhile.
- To give specific, measurable, concrete examples of your
- To differentiate yourself from competitors
and show how you're clearly head-and-shoulders above
Yes, you did your job, but you did a lot more besides. You were accomplishing things even when
you didn't know it. You may have hundreds of accomplishments. It's just a matter of digging for
Many times we take ourselves for granted.
But we shouldn't, because what we can do easily might
sound downright impossible to the average reader.
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