Self-help author Robert Collier wrote, “Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.” Taking charge of your career means making a persuasive case for your promotability. Tracking your successes gives you information you can pull for performance reviews, to update accomplishments on our resume, and to prepare for interviews or discussions about raises and promotions. Writing for Smart Brief on Your Career, executive coach Joel Garfinkle says there are several reasons you should keep a journal of your accomplishments, your awards, and honors, and praise you receive from coworkers, managers, or customers.
- You will forget. We are almost always fooling ourselves when it comes to how good our memories are. Our brains are, unfortunately, much better at remembering mistakes, so be sure to write down all your wins, big and small.
- Everyone else forgets. Even if you remember all your successes over the past year (or five!), your superiors are extremely unlikely to be able to recount them without notes. Make it easy on you and them by keeping track of your accomplishments.
- Be interview-ready. Perhaps you will never use the information in your current position, but you will be grateful when you are ready to speak to your suitability for any opportunity that comes your way, at a moment’s notice. Interviewing and self-promotion are skills that need regular practice. Even if you go years between interviews or performance appraisals, frequently reviewing your own list will keep it top of mind.