The Power of Your Accomplishments

Know your strengths

Do you know your strengths?

Use Your Strengths To Direct Your Career

If you’ve been in job search mode for several months, or perhaps even years, it’s tough to maintain the confidence and optimism that people around you value. Naturally, a potential employer wants to see a positive attitude – but so do family members, friends and potential business partners.

How well do you rate yourself in understanding your strengths? Can you rely on this understanding for the way you look at yourself and the world around you?

You can’t find and maintain your strengths without a process for working at it.

That’s why we come back, again and again, to the Accomplishments Library.  We have found that by improving and adding to your Accomplishments on a regular basis, you reap multiple benefits:

  • Your past successes are tweaked to be more pertinent to current market conditions.
  • Your understanding of contributions you have made in past years, and contributions you are making right now even if unpaid, is sharpened. You can call up examples at will.
  • Your understanding of your basic strengths and talents is refined. These are the keys to your future!

Accomplishments are the foundation of your entire career assessment process.

Whether it’s your 30-second commercial, your LinkedIn profile, a cover letter, your resume, an application for venture funding, or an interview associated with any of these — your Accomplishments will be what set you apart. That’s why the emphasis on them.

Documenting Accomplishments: How to write them and categorize them.

An Accomplishment is a three-part statement summarizing a note-worthy, work-related event.

1. WHAT — Gives a brief description of what happened. This uses a past participle (usually a verb ending in “…ed”), such as developed, created, directed, managed, etc.

2. HOW — Explains HOW it was done (by you, of course) using a verb ending in “…ing.” For example, analyzing, directing, overcoming, introducing, etc.

3. RESULT — Quantifies the benefit in terms of dollars or time saved, a degree or percentage of increased revenue or improved quality, etc. This result substantiates your value, whether as a new employee, a consultant, or business partner.

Here’s an example of a complete accomplishment:

Streamlined production methods, designing new automated testing equipment to eliminate work bottleneck, reducing manufacturing labor cost by 17%.

Streamlined introduces the What. Designing tells How. Reducing is the Result.

By the time you have 100 Accomplishments on your list, take the time to put them into an excel spreadsheet using categories or tags so you can sort them by whatever the need.

You may be asking, “Why this truncated format?”

The answer is threefold. First, your “story” is revealed succinctly and powerfully.  Second, your list contains more information than would be possible in an undisciplined format. Finally, the format encourages questions – and thus communication.  This format has been tested over the years – trust it!

Set a goal of adding new Accomplishments regularly.  You’ll see your reality changing!

P.S. Need more details on how to build your Accomplishments Library? Here’s a link to our step-by-step guide: Building Your Accomplishments Library.