The New Year confetti has long settled and the turkey comas are a distant memory. So if you haven’t started a win file, you’ve no more excuses. As I’ve written about before, a win file is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take in building a career management strategy.
A win file, for those of you who don’t already have one, is a place were you keep track of all of your successes. It’s a central depository for things like:
– Performance Evaluations
– Client Commendations
– Awards and Recognition
It also a place to keep notes about things like achievements and positive feedback. For example you might jot down:
– Account wins
– Successful campaigns / programs / initiatives
– Outperforming targets / quotas
– Process improvements
– Favorable negotiations
Regardless of what you are writing down, make sure to quantify the achievement.
Having a win file will make updating your resume a breeze. It will also make the performance appraisal process smoother and more effective. Most importantly, it will help you better recognize and communicate your impact – a critical part of making yourself indispensable.