To advance in your career, you must make notable accomplishments at work. To earn your place in the upper levels, you must do more than just putting in the hours. Results matter most.
You must deserve it.
You have to figure out what you can accomplish, do it, keep track, and perhaps most importantly… be able to tell your success story!
What Can You Do?
Think about your job and what you’re responsible for. Set goals for yourself, even those outside your primary role. Every job has a list of responsibilities, so go above and beyond by asking for more work, pitching new ideas, and coming up with ways to do your job better. Outline, and stick to, a timeline for accomplishing those goals.
Accomplish what you set out to do. Be flexible. But, without being overly hard on yourself, be firm.
Keep Track of Your Accomplishments
There needs to be a way to measure your success. Think about both quality and quantity. If you planned an event, how many attended or how much did you profit? If you write articles, how many people read and shared them? Make a list for yourself of all of your accomplishments so you can reference it when it comes time to earn that new job or promotion. Highlight your most successful accomplishments.
Talk About It
This is the time when it’s OK to brag about yourself. You need to show interviewers (or managers in charge of promoting you) what you’re made of. Use the list you made of your accomplishments and transform them into success stories. Use the STAR method to go into details to describe the situation, task, action, and results. And definitely don’t forget the results part, because this is where you get to explain what you did right.
Your accomplishments should tell a story. They should help you emphasize why you’re great at what you do, and why you’ve earned that promotion. Your accomplishments are what will get you further in your career, so make them a priority.
Do you have a career success story? Do you tell it well?
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About the Author: Jule Gamache is a senior at Penn State studying public relations with a minor in Spanish. Before becoming a content creator trainee, Jule was the public relations research assistant at Come Recommended. She has experience in public relations, social media, blogging, research, and marketing from multiple internships and student organizations. Follow Jule on Twitter!