Tracking Your Successes

August 27, 2012

By Randy Samsel

For many of us, finding and keeping a career opportunity is a major effort. Preparing a resume, writing cover letters, searching for job postings, researching employer websites and interviewing are time consuming and often tedious. Even resigning and starting a role is stressful – among the top five stressors according to most studies. Once we have been through all that, most of us want to put the process behind us and focus on the new role. Who can blame us?

From a career planning perspective, however, the work continues. We should each track our new skills developed, achievements, awards and promotions on a continual basis. At least quarterly, look back on your work and make note of how you have done, including measurable and metrics. If you have achieved a lot, update your resume and LinkedIn profile – it will help you get noticed and will help you recount these successes at your performance review.  If you have NOT achieved much, get busy. Chances are your boss has noticed the same thing.

Similarly, when tracking your results, compare where you are to your goals. Are you at a level of position title and responsibility that you planned at this stage of your career? If not, how can you adjust? More education? Certifications? Additional responsibilities?  Whatever the answer, it is likely to require more work on your part. That’s OK. To reach your goals, the hard work is an investment. We rarely hear of individuals who reach the pinnacle of their field by taking it easy.

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