One very valuable piece of advice that can help you excel at work, is to document and record the best pieces of your work history. YOU need to track your successes. Keep a folder of your significant accomplishments as well as notes, emails and letters that you have received from fellow staff, supervisors and customers.
Make it a habit to request letters of recommendation and keep copies of job descriptions and announcements concerning your position that come out in email. The goal is to create a sellable brand for yourself. In return, sellable brands are paid more and they receive the best assignments. Think of yourself as a corporation. You own all rights and advertising permissions for you. Tracking your success is an important ingredient in your journey to the next level of pay and status at your company.
Regularly communicate your accomplishments. It is your obligation to keep everyone in your circle of influence informed and up to date. Did you or your team just accomplish a significant task? A well written update email could go far. Carefully determine the audience for the message. Think of it like this. It does no good to be great if no one knows that you are great. In doing this, be sure to recognize others. Accomplishment emails should include everyone that assisted. Remember that you are building a brand. Make the announcement brief, well laid out with bullets and bolding, and remember to recognize everyone that contributed.
You will soon find out that touting accomplishments builds a good brand for you, helps others to know what you have done, and results in promotions and increased opportunities.
by Bethany Williams