Thread Started by #Tarlochan Kaur

Hi All, Is anyone familiar with tools (simple forms) that can assist with the realization of ones accomplishments/achievements to record on the resume. TK
1st April 2011 From Kenya, Nairobi
Hi
I am afraid your requirement is not clear and hence it would be difficult to offer you a solution. Would suggest you provide more details of what, why and how you want to use these recordings so that there is greater clarity.
Regards
1st April 2011 From India, Mumbai
Sorry Jacob, I am a career coach, one of the things we try to get the client to realize is how much value he/she holds after years of experience in a field & skills horned that are transferable to possibly a prospective new employer etc is this clearer?
5th April 2011 From Kenya, Nairobi
Hi

With the additional inputs my understanding is that you are seeking a format/ program that can capture the achievements of your clients which they can then present to current employers to leverage growth prospects or showcase the same to prospective employers.

As a prelude to this it is imperative that they have a clear outline of their JD and KRA for these would set the parameters to assess their performance and identify their specialised knowledge base and skill sets.

Ideally your clients should be encouraged to record their major achievements as often as possible and review it if possibly monthly or at least quarterly. E.g If you take the case of an officer in a bank, apart from their routine targets the additional targets set could include their contribution to cross selling the banks products like insurance and garnering FD and getting new clients/ accounts. In effect what this means is that the officer would with each promotion actually be handling larger and larger volumes of business which when quantified showcases his/ her growth and reflects their abilities and strengths.

Recording the above is a very personalised and individualistic matter. What matters is being able to see the growth, the achievements, the learning and understanding reasons for failures. Presenting these are also a matter of personal style and communication skills. E.g A certain scientist when presenting his achievements told the management that in the first year his target was to get an independent charge of a project which he managed before the year was out. In the second year he had kept a target to ensure that in addition to meeting his own project deadlines he aimed to ensure that his expertise was used by at least 6 out of the 17 projects that were on going. He managed to get actively participate in 8 projects and in addition got another independent project to handle when the team lead left. He then outlined his targets for the next 5 years. From senior scientist he was made and additional director simply because he showcased his abilities and performance and outlined his growth path.

Trust the above provides some roadmap and helps you guide your clients.

Regards
5th April 2011 From India, Mumbai
This is quite true and quite helpful too.
Thanks, I did however get for the purpose of writing a powerful resumes (CV) for my clients a 4 column table the 'CARS/SARS matrix' to help them record their past achievements.
C- representing the Context or situation that the compaany was in e.g for delays in submission of audited accounts
A- the action taken by the staff member e.g. got the team to start recording all transactions in a timely fashion, agreed on deadlines etc etc
R - for the results that these actions produced esp. to resolve the original situation/context eg. more positive management report from auditors, timely submission of accounts and
S- for the skills gained and the achievement recorded that are transferable to another employer eg skills in team leadership, intricate understanding of the accounting processes, ability to break these into sections etc etc

I needed something simple like this to help my clients distinguish clearly between an achievement/accomplishment and that added value or made a positive difference.

I will gladly advise my clients to keep a journal of events and opportunities they constantly come across in their careers and how to seize these to give some mileage to their careers......this runs across all positions within an organization

Having been in HR it was not uncommon to have cv's looking alike and job seekers not knowing their worth, Career coaching has helped me improve and salvage many careers and help with progression

Thanks Jacob, I hope that someone else has benefited from this discussion as I have
6th April 2011 From Kenya, Nairobi
Hi
Thank you for your positive feedback and also for sharing the CARS model. That definitely is a systematic way to record and present career achievements. I am certain your clients are lucky to find a progressive person like to guide them.
Regards
6th April 2011 From India, Mumbai
Hi Saw this post on citehr and I wonder if you can help her? Click this link to contact Shruthi Regards
6th April 2011 From India, Mumbai
Thank you for the recommendation, I have put in a comment for Shruthi to contact me. I am beginning to find this very useful for learning and sharing. Have a good one! TK
7th April 2011 From Kenya, Nairobi
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