I am a nut for job journals. When I speak I tell job seekers to take an entire day, go somewhere quiet (mountain?), and brainstorm past accomplishments.
I think, for multiple reasons, this is more important than spending all day on the computer.
Get away, document and brainstorm, and remember the great things you’ve ever done in your career.
Steve Levy, a recruiter in New York, recently tweeted this:
Then he followed up with this:
In JibberJobber we have a place where you can put these emails, transcribed kudos, reports, etc. and store them.
It’s all about CAREER MANAGEMENT.
Collecting this stuff helps you define your brand, and craft stories to communicate what you’ve done and why you are awesome.
As Steve says, “you don’t think you can remember all of these?”
You absolutely won’t remember all of them, especially when it most matters (in a networking setting, or in an interview).
That’s the premise of my most commented post, Depression Clouds Everything. The idea is that when your emotions get in the way, you get clouded, and can’t recall why you are awesome, or that you’ve ever done anything good in your career.
You might not use all of the stories, but just having them could really help you communicate much better, because stories back up what you say about yourself.
To get this in JibberJobber, login and then go to TOOLS, then Job Journal:
Seriously – take the time to do it and you’ll reap the benefits for many years to come!