One very valuable job tool is to create a folder that records tidbits of your successes throughout your work history. This will be a tool that tracks your successes over time. Start simply by starting a folder to keep notes, emails, letters of recommendation and key deliverables. Keep certificates from classes that you’ve attended and compliments that you’ve received. Keep a description of each position that you’ve held and internal announcements of any promotions or accolades. Make it a habit to ask for letters of recommendation from customers, co-workers and employers (when you are still employed and not looking for work). Explain that you are keeping a record of your successes to use in the future, should you ever need it.
You are your own enterprise. You are the CEO of YOU. You are responsible for advertising and tracking yourself as a product. You own all rights and advertising permissions for yourself. You can use this folder when, and if, you are looking for your next position.
Tracking your success is a key ingredient on your journey to the next position or the next level at your organization. If you have nothing to put into this success folder, then begin to think about areas that you could succeed that would help you to begin to document and track your success.
This folder will make it easier for an employer assessing your skill set and experience to see where you have been and what you have accomplished. It helps to increase your credibility. It helps to make you more believable in a market when many job candidates are stretching the truth and fabricating histories. It enables the prospective employer to validate your resume without having to make phone calls and it puts you in a position to stand out from the crowd.
Success Folder Contents
- Job Descriptions from Current and Previous Positions
- Letters of Recommendation
- Affirming Emails from Customers, Co-workers and Supervisors
- Certificates, Degrees, and Classes Taken
- Pertinent Memberships in National Organizations
- Articles You Have Written or Been Quoted In
Start simply and begin to build this folder over time. It can be quite easy to do if you simply gather a piece of information every few weeks. As things happen throughout the year, throw the printed emails, notes and letters into a folder to be organized at a later time. If you are ever caught without a job on short notice, you have the beginnings of the tools that you need to look for work. If you are out of work and looking for a position, begin to create this folder from scattered pieces of information that you already have. To add to the information that you have, ask previous customers and employers for letters of recommendation. It is never too late to begin documenting your success. You will be amazed at the results.
by Bethany Williams