If only you could see yourself through the eyes of an employer! That employer who hugely appreciates the admin assistant who can process 100 invoices in a day like you can! Or that client who hugely appreciates the close attention they get from dealing with a small business start up like yours. These are all achievements, and if there’s one issue I come across all of the time in my coaching, it’s that of my clients not identifying and communicating their achievements as they should.
People often don’t quantify or qualify their achievements enough. They don’t think to prepare and write them down, and to make sure that they include them in a CV – but they should! Your achievements spell out your abilities in the workplace, and your abilities to produce outcomes. They are central to an employer understanding just how great you are, and what a great help you can be to their workplace. Which employer wouldn’t want that?!
Remember, just because you can do it, that doesn’t mean that everyone can do it – so get it out there and showcase that ability. You got it – flaunt it! It could be the difference between you and the candidate after you when it comes to getting that job in the interview. It’s an incredible boost to your career development when you can start to see just how good you really are, and start to show it off a little. If you don’t do it, who will?
Some essential career advice for you, is to write out an achievement statement in your CV. Employers don’t want a long list of responsibilities you held at your last job – they can get that from a standard job description. They want to know what the outcomes of you being in that job were! How did you make that workplace better? What did you do that the others couldn’t have done? Brag about awards, include information about peak workloads and tips on how you managed them, and oh, be sure to include industry specific achievements where it’s relevant. Then let their minds go on to think about how you can achieve all these brilliant outcomes for them!
It really is time to embrace your inner showoff! Let him or her out to take centre stage! When you do this, you’ll be able to look at yourself through the eyes of an employer, and you’ll see yourself in a whole new wonderful light…
I am a passionate Career Coach who works with individuals in the explore and search phase of their career journey, helping you realise your strengths through my career coaching and training programs. I enjoy showing people the path to greater career satisfaction and providing insight and tools to help you make your next career move.