Professional Achievements: What exactly are they?
So you've decided to track your professional achievements, what to do now, and what exactly would you consider a professional achievement?
Well the very first step to take is to signup for Clarify and go thru our handy guided tour, it'll get you all setup with the very tools you'll need. You'll be able to quickly log your achievements down to the date, track your compensation, and prepare your own one page Evaluation report with all of the details included.
The pressing question, what exactly qualifies as a professional achievement though?
For starters, keep professional achievements measurable, for example take the following achievement
"Responsible for budgeting", it tells us what you were responsible for, great! However it doesnt really provide us with anything we can measure or go "aha!".
Now let's take a look at this very same achievement but written with data points to provide context to your boss or potential employer, "Responsible for leading the budgeting process worth $30M in annual revenue". Here we're providing some additional context by actually describing what that budgeting process actually entailed, was it $1,000 or $30,000,000, this is a very big distinction and one that can help you illustrate the value you create.
Second, ensuring you're being specific is also recommended. Let's continue with the example from above, we've got something that's measurable at $30M, now let's narrow down exactly what you were budgeting for aside from revenue. "Responsible for leading the budgeting process company-wide worth $30M in annual revenue". Here we now know that not only were you responsible for budgeting $30M in revenue, but you were responsible for budgeting revenue company-wide. The alternative would have left us guessing, is it 1 operating unit, a customer channel, a product category?
Why is this important?
Providing measurable and specific achievements can provide you, your manager, and/or potential employer with insight into the results that you've delivered while creating value for your organization.
In addition, it's a great way to make your résumé standout from the thousands that just provide their job descriptions as their experience, with this method you're not only doing that, but you're providing insight into what level of responsibility and accountability did you truly achieve and at what level in your organization were your contributions most impactful.
Ready to get started?
Awesome! It's fast and easy to get started, go to ClarifyHQ.com and signup for your account. You'll be able to quickly log your achievements down to the date, track your compensation, and prepare your own one page Evaluation report with all of the details included; your manager won't be the only prepared for this year's performance review.