Take a seat, and take a moment to think. When was the last time you shared your career achievements in the workplace?
Don’t think on it too long…. Time’s Up!
Did you take the credit when it was due, or did you say it was nothing, or no problem?
Many women have a hard time getting ahead in the workplace because they are reluctant to share their achievements and what they’ve done for their company. You may feel conflicted; when you would like to celebrate your victories, but you want to avoid coming across as arrogant or conceited or worse still – accused of boasting.
Preparing to share your career achievements
Seek motivation. Understand the value of self-promotion. By some estimates, the average woman still earns about a million dollars less than the average man over the course of her lifetime. Self-promotion will narrow that gap.
- Observe your male colleagues. Learn from the men you work with. Adapt their boasting style to your own personality. If someone calls them out for boasting they laugh it off, you can do the same. And remember you’re sharing not boasting!
- Build your confidence. Take on new challenges. Learn a foreign language or accounting skills. Computer courses online or at your local community college will help build your confidence. These activities will make you more confident and might encourage you to boast.
- Evaluate your strengths. Perform an inventory of your skills and accomplishments. Maybe you’re a whiz with numbers or you excel at writing. Make a list and keep adding to it.
- Ask for feedback. Find out how your friends and colleagues feel about your qualifications. Think about what you get praised for the most. You may discover that you’re good at managing conference logistics or negotiating contracts with vendors.
- Document your achievements. Keep a diary or a journal. Mark down when you save your company money or create an outstanding customer experience.
- Limit self-deprecation. It has its place, but the office isn’t it. Watch what you say about yourself. Accept compliments graciously.
- Manage stress. You may feel awkward talking about yourself. Visualise a calming image, like ocean waves or sheep grazing in a field. Find ways to relax through meditation or physical exercise.
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8 Strategies for Sharing Career Achievements
- Start small if you’re a first-time sharer. Your grandparents will probably be enthusiastic about anything you have to say. Rehearse a story with them before you try it on your boss.
- Network effectively. Form alliances where you can say flattering things about each other to those in power. Women are often better at promoting their friends rather than themselves. Make sure you use this strength.
- Focus on outcomes. Make specific and quantifiable statements. Stating that you’ve won two prestigious awards for your marketing campaigns sounds more convincing than just saying you’re creative or good with artwork.
- Serve others. People are more likely to welcome your remarks if they’re helpful. Update your boss on how you completed a project ahead of schedule. You’ll demonstrate that you’re competent and efficient without having to say so directly. Become known for sharing your ideas as well as your accomplishments.
- Choose your setting. There’s a big difference between showcasing your skills at a job interview or performance evaluation and doing so at a colleague’s retirement party. Ensure you have a receptive audience.
- Hold yourself accountable. Accept responsibility for both your wins and your losses. Everything you say will have more credibility when your actions speak louder than your words.
- Support others. Give others the opportunity to shine in the spotlight. Everyone likes to bask in praise. They may even return the favor and put you in the spotlight next.
- Pace yourself. It’s good to be comfortable talking about yourself. Just save it for an appropriate time and place. Ensure you cultivate plenty of other topics of conversation to avoid seeming self-centered.
Sharing your career achievements pays off, even if it feels uncomfortable at first.
Choose yourself, and your career, because no one else knows your accomplishments like you do, and if you don’t share them, who will?