As an exercise, we were to reflect on how we had contributed to our team, our department and the company each month; how did we help make or save the company money, what was our approach and how did we measure our progress? What were our accomplishments?
We used the same template for our own accomplishment documentation as we used for job seekers: Identify the Problem or Challenge, detail the Actions taken to address, and quantify the Results – this exercise goes by a number of acronyms: CARs, PARs, STARs, etc. and all work toward the same goal.
His comment to me once was “If you bump into the CEO at the next general meeting, and he asks you what you’ve been working on, what will you say? You can say: “Oh, you know, same old same old…” or you can concisely explain how you helped move a multi-million dollar project ahead of schedule by identifying a digital content tool that allowed the creation and publication of multilingual content in one-third of the time, with the added bonus of effectively saving more than $300,000 in annual labor.”
Since that time, I use this approach with my own team and myself; each month we document at least one accomplishment; three a quarter, twelve a year – we use this in reviews and internal checks to see if we’re on-target to hit goals we’ve established. It’s a great exercise to turn into a habit and will have an enormous benefit for your employees -- and you as a leader -- in the future.
These accomplishments may be kept in a personal document, in reverse chronological order. Should there be a need for an internal or external resume, the accomplishment statements are readily accessible, and can easily be dropped into a resume under the corresponding role. This also gives the resume writer – whether the employee or an outside resource (such as yours truly) – the ability to choose which accomplishment statements are most relevant to the targeted role.
I am writing this because the majority of all of my resume clients, no matter how far along in their career, do not do this or they half do it, missing the important quantification measurement, and as a result (and out of desperation), they copy and paste job description responsibilities into the resume and that never works. It never works because hiring managers know what the role is; what hiring managers want to know is what unique skills, problem solving and critical decision-making do you bring to the role? Your past accomplishments create the story of your work approach and your resume is your first work product example.
Teach your teams to articulate their successes and contributions; challenge them to quantify the results. Help them now so they might better succeed in the future.
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From the Atlas website:
What is it like to work at Atlas?
You are never alone. You are met with encouragement to better your knowledge and skills. You will be pushed to not only master the skills you were hired for, but also expand your abilities into other areas. Our success has largely been based upon our culture of cross-training. No one wants to retire from doing the same thing for 20 plus years. Changes is a part of our life and especially our industry, therefore change is embraced at Atlas.
Learning is a way of life at Atlas. This attitude is addicting. Soon you will see yourself mentoring and pushing others not only to succeed at their challenges, but to excel at new opportunities. We have many success stories of administrative staff learning and advancing into technical roles; technical staff advancing into management roles, and a high percentage of employees taking advantage of our educational reimbursement policy.
Once you learn it; improve it. We are constantly "raising the bar" for our projects, our colleagues and our customers. We have minimum standards of quality, but are never satisfied with the minimum. We strive to exceed expectations in all things we do, from the front line Subject Matter Expert, to our Back Office staff. Everyone deserves to get the quality of work and attention to detail offered by Atlas, and we aim to be the best provider, partner and community member.
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About Phishlabs: PhishLabs has been named one of the top places to work in Charleston, SC four years in a row. I have a client working there now, and she is thrilled - perfect fit and outstanding culture, even amidst the COVID-19 workplace restrictions.
Here is their recent Press Release on the subject: check them out!
PhishLabs, the leading provider in protecting against cyber threats that exploit employees, customers, and brands, has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for the fourth consecutive year. Companies throughout the state entered a two-part survey process, which evaluated workplace policies, practices, and culture, and included an extensive employee engagement and satisfaction survey.
“PhishLabs has a positive reputation in the market because we deliver high value solutions and obsess over delighting our clients; That wouldn’t be possible without our team members living our values and continually raising the bar,” said Tony Prince, CEO of PhishLabs.
“The Charleston tech market is very competitive, so it means a lot to have our employees attest to us being an employer of choice,” said Suzie Rybicki, Vice President of Talent & Training at PhishLabs. “We’ve worked hard to develop a very transparent and collaborative culture and the people in our PhishLabs’ family really do make the difference.”
The Best Places to Work in South Carolina award was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, PhishLabs partners with enterprises to protect against cyber threats that exploit their employees, customers, and brands. With solutions that address phishing attacks across email, social media, web, mobile, and SMS channels, PhishLabs reduces the risk posed by the broad range of threats that use phishing techniques. Top enterprises rely on PhishLabs to protect against stolen credentials, malware, brand abuse, and online fraud.
To learn more, visit http://www.phishlabs.com and follow @phishlabs.
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