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Why You Should Keep A Career Diary
of the things I strongly urge clients of all levels to do once they land
a new position is to keep a career "diary".
A diary or journal is where you keep track of 1) new tasks and new
responsibilities you handled well, and 2) what you're learning. In short,
it's keeping track of your increasing knowledge and growing list of
Why is it important to
keep track of your accomplishments while on the job? The big things
you'll remember but there are many other achievements that can get lost.
I can't tell you how many clients say, years later, "If only I could
remember all the great things I did on that job!" Keeping a log or
diary of your achievements is very helpful when it comes time for your
review. And while in job search, it is extremely useful when updating
Whatever method you use
-- pen on paper, PDA, your phone or PC -- track these achievements on the
date they occur, not at some later time. Trying to remember these juicy
tidbits months or years later, especially when under pressure, can be
frustrating. So jot them down as they happen and you'll thank yourself
You Work for Your Manager First, The
many a job seeker who targets a company, lands a job there, then learns
two or three weeks later that they work for The Demon Boss. That
discovery can erase any joy you had at landing the job: your manager is a
So that you can better avoid this kind of nasty surprise, here are a few
things you can do while interviewing so that you get to know your future
1. Ask the manager to describe, for example, how she likes to communicate
with her reports. You can ask: What, to her, is "success" --
and failure? And, to what does she attribute her success?
2. Ask to be introduced to others in the department or division, then ask
them what they like most about working for this manager. Pay attention to
pregnant pauses and "Uh..." versus big smiles. Each will tell
you a lot.
3. Use Google and ZoomInfo.com to learn more about the manager's
background. Her "coming up" through, say, Oracle, would shape
her corporate education far differently than moving through the ranks at
If the answers align with
what you think is important, and what you give value to,
then it's likely the manager will be a good one to work for, for you. And
if they don't match? Keep looking.
The Right Words
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By using the Thesaurus and Guide, you'll improve your chances of
communicating your value to a prospective employer. In these uncertain
times, why not give yourself every advantage?
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The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
-- Alfred Adler
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