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How to Identify Your Accomplishments

What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments. 

Work-related successes can be hard to recognize, especially when they seem like just part of your job.

Sometimes you might not even know when you do something that other people think is important. Ask your family and friends to describe your accomplishments—you might be surprised by some of the things they come up with.

  1. Read through the following questions. They are grouped into:
    • Employment accomplishments
    • Personal accomplishments in the workplace
    • Education and training accomplishments
    • Volunteer or community accomplishments
  2. Think about how a question relates to your own experience. As a starting point, think about your accomplishments during the last 5 or 10 years.
    • If a question reminds you of something you’ve accomplished, write a short note describing the accomplishment.
    • If a question does not relate to your experience, go on to the next one.
    • Note down quantifiable or proven facts to make your accomplishment stronger.
  3. When you’ve finished working through the questions, read over your notes.
    • Do you have several notes that are about the same accomplishment? Combine these notes into 1 accomplishment that paints a detailed picture of what you did.
  4. Put a checkmark on 3 to 10 of your most significant accomplishments. 
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