The following questions may help you identify additional accomplishments.
- What is unique about how you do your job?
- What does your current boss praise you for?
- Do you have quotas or goals in your current position? Are you able to meet or exceed them?
- Were you hired to meet a particular challenge for the company?
- Were you rewarded with any additional responsibility?
- Have you done anything to improve customer relationships with the company?
- Have you done anything to improve communications, either internally or externally?
- What teams have you been part of?
- What are you most proud of?
- What would your co-workers say about you?
- What do you enjoy the most?
- How did you take initiative in your position?
- What special projects have you worked on?
- How did you set yourself apart?
- How did you go above and beyond what was required?
- What have you done to increase your responsibilities in your current job?
- Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?
- Were you promoted in recognition of your work performance?
- Did you increase sales or profits?
- Did you recruit new customers for the business?
- Did you save the company money?
- Did you institute any new processes or procedures?
- What workshops have you attended?
- Have you attended any conferences?
- What seminars have you attended?
- Have you taken any courses?
- Have you achieved any new certifications?
- Do you have any new skills? (These might be things like computer software, social media, blogging, etc.)
“Soft Skill” Accomplishments:
- How have you demonstrated planning skills?
- What have you done to demonstrate conflict management abilities?
- How have you demonstrated time management skills?
- What have you accomplished in terms of digital proficiency?
- How have you demonstrated team coordination abilities?
- How have you shown leadership skills?
- Do you have achievements in terms of your language specialization (foreign languages)?
- Did you receive any honors this year? (awards, recognition)
- Did you earn any certifications or licenses?
- Which of your contributions received the most recognition?
- Have you received any notes, emails, or kudos from customers? From your boss?
- Have you done any public speaking or made any presentations? (Who did you speak to? On what topic? How many people were in attendance?)
- Have you written any articles, white papers, or other documents?
- Have you taken on any leadership roles — either within your job or in your volunteer work?
- Have you led any significant projects?
A key part of accomplishments beyond using the information to help you obtain a promotion, raise, or use in job search materials, is to use them for future goals. Taking a big picture approach to your career will help make sure you on the right path to the career of your dreams.