So I feel like my day is just getting started...but before I get distracted with my holiday activities, I wanted to stop by and give you a fresh dose of career success advice.
If you are just joining us, we are on a 12-day journey through feasible, easy-to-implement career success advice that will give you a jump start for the new year. Go ahead and gain some foothold on the competition, let them be merry while you diligently tarry.
On the fourth day of the holidays, my executive coach said to me:
Take credit for your life and career achievements
"Oh, it was not a big deal"
"That feels so natural for me, I didn't have to think about it"
"I can do that with my eyes closed and one hand behind my back"
Do any of the above phrases and comments sound familiar to you? More importantly, do YOU find yourself frequently using them? I cannot tell you the amount of times I have worked with clients and when we get to the "dig-deep" strategy session, even they are amazed by the number of achievements we uncover in one hour.
These life and career achievements you are sitting on are catalysts for where you want to go next - they are a great source of motivation and serve as excellent reminders on what you are capable of accomplishing in any situation or circumstance.
Besides the obvious achievements that are "earth shattering" for your industry or field, here are some other sources you can use to jog your memory about past achievements.
-- Company's annual performance reviews, assessments or evaluations
-- Company-sponsored awards or special recognition tokens (there is usually a reason, you earned that award)
-- Letters of recommendations or commendations from previous employers, vendors, clients or colleagues
-- Thank you letters or emails for happy, satisfied company clients (they are generally specific in nature regarding how you helped them)
-- High-profile company projects or special assignments (focus on the complexities, your role and then the results)
-- Academic / graduate school course projects (pick the toughest assignments)
What are you top five achievements for 2011?
About Abby, Executive Career Architect, Job Search Expert, Master Resume Writer
-- Does your executive resume accurately describe your management style and leadership capabilities?
-- Is your executive resume rich with compelling Challenge-Action-Results success stories that indicate your value contribution?
-- Does your executive resume convey enthusiasm or energy motivating employers to contact you?
-- Has your executive resume been generating a stream of employer responses for the right jobs?
If you have answered no to any of these questions, you should be talking to Abby Locke. She is an executive resume writer helps senior-level executives to achieve career success through cutting-edge, brand-focused career documents and proactive career management strategies.
Her distinctive executive resume samples have been published in 13 national career publications. Have you seen our holiday specials?