The ability to sell “YOU” is critical for success in this job market. Contrary to belief, selling yourself is not frowned upon, and it actually expected. I wrote an article on this topic recently.
Unfortunately many job seekers struggle on two fronts. (a) Struggle to identify their successes/achievements (lack of understanding) and (b) Struggle to communicate successes/achievements (uncomfortable talking about).
This competition is a bit of fun, but has a serious element too – it focuses on the above points. It will force you to think about, and identify, key achievements/successes. It will force you to communicate them. And more!! It will force you to action online, to help potential opportunities find you.
Post a comment below outlining 3 (or more) life, career, business or education successes/achievements. Ideally a few lines detail on each. (Add your Linkedin www.linkedin.com/in/paulmullan or Twitter http://twitter.com/paulmullan74 to comment)
You could win 2 FREE hours 1-1 coaching (phone or face-face). NB: If prize doesn’t interest you, then offer to a friend.
1. You MUST be a member of Measurability Careers & Jobs Club, be a fan of Measurability or follow me on Twitter.
2. You MUST comment must be posted below by 22nd of September 2010.
3. You MUST add a Link to your LINKEDIN PROFILE or TWITTER PROFILE to your comment.
Not sure if this is what you were thinking of but here goes. I think the 3 greatest career achievements that I have had over the past few years are all very different.
Most recently I have been studying a new MSc in Business Development and Innovation and I have done really well in my coursework producing some great work and meeting great people on the course.
In my last role I was doing R&D work for a packaging company. I came on board for a 3 month initial project and this extended to 15 months. I worked with a new customer, leading the existing production and engineering teams to develop 2 new products. One of which won an award in the sector. I also introduced the engineering team to a lower cost mould manufacture cutting their costs and lead times for other projects.
My 3rd is a bit of a bitter pill, but I still feel proud about it. I worked with Earth-wood manufacturing WPC decking in Mullingar. I built the production up from scratch, training the team, setting up procedures, controls, maintenance programmes etc. The only problem was we ran out of working capital and went into liquidation. The company was quickly bought by JFC who had intended to move it to their site in the UK as spare parts for their line. However, when they seen the set up I had in place and the production team they decided to leave it where it was, and rehire the production team who had been made reduncant just a few months earlier.
Of course these fade compared to my 2 kids, which are my greatest success story. And I’ve been very fortunate to spend the last year (or 8 month’s in my son’s case) with them.
Here are some of my achievements –
(1)Key Supply Chain member of a successful introduction of a ‘clean room’ project
(2)Key member of energy savings team during 2009. Successfully managed to save 57% on energy costs for our company
(3)Focal point for all Printed Circuit Board Assembly engineering and quality issues for over 10 years
(4)Key member of maintenance team concerning regulatory requirements i.e. ISO / UL etc
(1) Earned a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Hons) in 2007
(2) Also attained a Tech Diploma in Telecommunications and certificates in electronic servicing
(1) Have been fortunate to be have seen the ‘Great Wall’, the ‘Grand Canyon’, the ‘Collosium’ and Safari in Africa amongst other travelling exploits
(2) In 2.5 years of training, attained a second purple in Shotokan Karate – half way to ‘Black Belt’.
Above are just some ideas I’ve put together, but no doubt will need to work on going forward.
Great Cormac and Brendan!!
Well done Cormac and Brendan – Both winners!! Each to get 1.5 hours free coaching ….
Thanks again for the free coaching session this morning. It was extremely helpful, in particular in highlighting the fact of the need to match up work experiences with specified job requirements. No doubt, I will be using this and other advice as I progress with my job hunting and interviewing.
Thanks for the session on Friday (24th) morning Paul. We reviewed my performance in interviews and managed to identify subtle errors that I was making (We instead of I for example). The feed back was really good and I put it all into practice on Monday (27th), hopefully it will have helped me be successful.
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A quick clarification!!
Obviously different achievements will be relevant for different situations. For the purpose of this exercise you can choose any 3. It does not matter how big or small (the bigger the better).