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Apr 24, 2017

Having a tough time explaining your fabulousness to your employer? Having difficulty getting promoted? Feeling unappreciated? Join career expert and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses the best way to get promoted quickly.

This issue is the same whether you’re not getting ahead in your organization or not hearing back from employers when you send out your resume!

You need some oomph behind the story of your career. It’s there! You’re just not telling it!

Yawner…

When it comes to career advancement and promotions, you already know to work hard, work smart, show up to work on time, smile and display that great attitude. Yawn. I won’t bore you with that…

You deserve the advanced course…

I’ll teach you something that will:

  • Give you perspective on what you've accomplished, show you how far you’ve advanced, and highlight how you’ve helped your teams, your companies, and the rest of the world. Aye. You did all that. Yes. You.
  • Provide a solid basis and data for you to conduct effective discussions with your current employer during your performance reviews, annual reviews, and promotion opportunities.
  • Show you what to populate on your resume (because Heaven knows how most of us struggle with this).

Who doesn’t love a journal?

Call it whatever you want—an employee journal, an employee diary, and so on. I’ve called it a Career Achievements Journal and you can grab the FREE DOWNLOAD here:

Career Achievements Journal: 14 Points that Make You Marketable, Get You Promoted, and Accelerate Your Career

For every project or major initiative you undertake, capture the following fourteen points. Do this for every major undertaking however and whenever it arises.

You might have a project last a day, a month, or a year. The length is unimportant as is whether you do your projects serially or simultaneously. Each project has it’s own list.

  1. Project Name: List all major projects and initiatives. They can be a daylong, monthlong, or yearlong initiative.
  2. Statistics: Identify anything quantifiable. This includes budget, timeframe, number of resources, number of customers, etc. Capture anything that shows magnitude and impact.
  3. Business Problem: Identify the high-level business problem you and your company are trying to overcome, improve, and so on.
  4. The Players: List everyone involved from stakeholders, contributors, key team members, units within your organization, partners, and vendors to customers or companies who are benefiting from your project.
  5. Solution: Identify how, at a high-level, you and your company solved the problem.
  6. Result/Outcome: Capture what happened as a result of the project implementation.
  7. Benefits: Capture the entities that benefited (employees, customers, partners, other units in the organization) as well as specifically how they benefited.
  8. Challenges: List the high-level challenges that surfaced during the project. There are the issues that arose as you were building your solution (as opposed to the high-level business problem you were addressing overall).
  9. Overcame Challenges: Identify how you overcame the challenges throughout the project.
  10. Hindsight: Identify what you would have done differently if you started the project knowing what you know now.
  11. Lessons Learned: Capture the high-level lessons you and your organization learned as a result of implementing the project.
  12. Your Development: Identify how you grew specifically. What can you do now that you couldn’t at the beginning of the project? What new skills do you have?
  13. Company Development: Identify how your company grew and improved. What can your company do now that it couldn’t at the beginning of the project?
  14. Victories: Reflect on the high-level victories you achieved over the course the project. Even if the project wasn’t implemented fully, still consider all the accomplishments along the way!!

You might be successful but…

You will never feel successful or happy if you don’t take the time to reflect on all you’ve accomplished.

It’s also extremely important for your personal and professional growth to take time to evaluate the lessons, benefits, and so on of your experiences. If you don’t, you’ll be prone to stagnation not to mention susceptible to repeating your mistakes!

Also, check out 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value on Your Resume. It goes hand in hand with this lesson.

Make sure to grab the FREE DOWNLOAD. Get it here: Career Achievements Journal: 14 Points that Make You Marketable, Get You Promoted, and Accelerate Your Career

Now, go out and set the world on fire with all you’ve accomplished!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Have you seen my FREE Job Interviewing Webinar titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview? There are several available times this week. Attendees receive an awesome eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. Check it out!

 

Apr 7, 2017

Not getting callbacks from the employers when you send out your resume? Join career expert and award-winning author Andrew LaCivita as he discusses 8 great tips to prove your value on your resume!

I could have titled this post 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value to Your Employer

Before you non-job-seekers cut out me, this post very accurately could have been titled 8 Great Tips to Prove Your Value to Your Employer. So, stay tuned.

Let’s be honest. How many times do we need to remind our own employers of our awesomeness? I don't know about you, but I seem to need to remind my guy every day because he can't remember a thing.

What’s the problem?

Think about the problem. You're sending out your resume and employers aren’t calling you back. Ouch. [I’ve already explained why that is in How to Get Your Resume Noticed in 5 Seconds Guaranteed.]

Although recruiters are a funky bunch and review those resumes quickly, they do notice an impact player when they see one. So, how do we get you to SHOW you’re that impact player?

First, you need a great layout…

I’ve shot other videos on showing your fabulousness on your resume. (C’mon people. I can’t show you everything in one 10-minute video!)

It’ll be extremely helpful if you check out these little beauties so you know the best layout and so forth. Of course, there are FREE Templates and other things that will make you love me forever:

How to Build the Ultimate Professional Resume (Video, Instruction, and Template)

Immediately DOWNLOAD the FREE Ultimate Professional Resume Template here

This One Trick Will Make Your College Resume Stand Out (Video, Instruction, and Template)

Immediately DOWNLOAD the FREE Ultimate Collegiate Resume Template here

Second, I’ll give you TWO FREE courses if you can stump me…

I’m really confident I can improve your resume if you follow this video and spend a few moments considering these tips. Want to know how confident?

I will give you my Build Your Ultimate Professional Resume Course & Workshop plus any additional online training course you find on the milewalk Academy site—FOR FREE—if you can stump me. Details later.

C’mon buddy. Where are my 8 Tips?

Think about what employers care about. Who makes an impact in their organization? People who these things…

  1. Generate revenue. Employers love people who generate revenue. Do you generate revenue, profits, and acquire new customers? (Check the video for more commentary on this. I won’t say this again for everyone because I hate repeating myself. You get it.)
  1. Improve market and brand awareness. Hey marketing-type folks! Are you creating a better-known brand? Measure it any way you can. Is your company getting more inquiries or email addresses? Is your website traffic increasing due to content marketing? Google Analytics anyone?
  1. Customer attraction and leads. Inside sellers or anyone on the front end of sales can be opening doors. You might not be closing the deal for your company, but you’re filling your sales pipeline. Any lead generation works. Managing a booth at an industry fair? Are you collecting business cards or starting a customer or partnership relationship?
  1. Customer happiness. Service people can rejoice! Maybe you’re a call center operator and helping people who call in because your product or service is broken. You fix it. Voila! What are your customer satisfaction scores? What is your customer retention rate? What about renewals and renewal rate?
  1. Corporate growth and security. Let’s not forget the executives. Have you done anything related to supporting an Initial Public Offering, acquisition, divestiture, etc. Is your corporate and online security safer?
  1. Employee happiness. Human resources, recruiters, and all who manage employees can focus on happiness. What are those employee satisfaction scores? Are your employees staying? Is your attrition bad or is your tenure really, really great? Are your recruitment numbers good? Are they healthy? Are your people progressing through their careers and going through the ranks and staying with you because you offer such great opportunities?
  1. Cost reduction. Yeah baby!! Let’s save some money! Did you do anything to save your company money? That could be anything. It could be optimizing a system that makes you run more efficiently. It could be reducing expenses. Processes you do faster save money.
  1. Process efficiency. Optimize anything lately? I mean anything?!? Did you optimize a process that lets the rest of the employees do their job easier or faster? Maybe you're an accountant who figured out a way to reduce your company's month-end closing cycle from fifteen days to seven days. That saves money. It probably reduces mistakes too. All of that stuff is gold on a resume.

But, Andy, I don’t do those activities at work…

Sure you don’t. If you’re thinking there’s no way I can come up with something like this…

Are you a hostess? How many people do you care for and seat and service each night? Over the course of the year?

Are you a mail carrier? How many houses do you deliver the mail to? How many pounds of mail? How many square miles do you cover every single day, year in and year out?

Are you a mechanic? How many cars have you fixed within the last year?

Are you a project manager? What's the size of the project budget? Did you complete it on time? How many people did you manage? How many people did you coach? How many people did you mentor?

We could go all day, but I have a time limit and word count limit and your attention span limit.

Hey, you mentioned a contest or something…

Think about what I said. If you can’t figure out a way to improve your resume, head to the comments section (wherever you’re seeing this) and say…

“Hey, Andy, I’m a [insert title here/perhaps type of company too] and I do [insert what you do] and I can’t figure out how to quantity or show impact. What should I do?”

I’ll respond with advice. If I can’t figure out something for you to add, you can have my resume course & workshop for FREE and any other online training course in the milewalk Academy.

Tell me I don’t love you.

Want more resume help? For a ridiculously low investment and huge value, check out my resume course & workshop!

Like this episode? Please share it via social media and review it on iTunes! I can keep this blog and all future podcasts and videos ad-free and sponsor-free ONLY because you share my work! Please share or subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel too!

Want more advanced material? Join the milewalk Academy and grab some of the free offerings that support the instruction in this post!

Have you seen my FREE Job Interviewing Webinar titled 3 Keys to Ace Any Job Interview? There are several available times this week. Attendees receive an awesome eBook titled How to Interview the Employer: 75 Questions to Ask Before You Take Any Job. Check it out!

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