Review your career this year

December is the perfect time to look back on what you’ve achieved this year, and show you what you should focus on next year.

By putting these experiences into context, you can also use them to create a compelling story for your current or future employer.

Ask yourself these four questions and you’ll be surprised just how far you have come!

1. What are your three biggest achievements this year?
They may have been presenting to the company for the first time, bringing in a new lucrative client or maybe taking on a managerial or mentor role for a younger member of staff.
Did you tell anyone about them, other than your friends? Are they are your CV, your SHORTLIST profile, did you mention them on your social media so if anyone is to start viewing your online profile they can see what kind of a year you have had?

Don’t forget, everyone is in the job of marketing themselves.

2. Did you enjoy the challenge?
Looking back helps you understand what you learned from these experiences. Were they hard, did you enjoy them, did you feel more confident afterwards?
Some people enjoy the adrenaline rush of being in a pressure situation, some people love the fact that people now see them in a different light, and some people are just glad it’s over.
But once you’ve done it you know more about yourself, what you are good at and what it takes to succeed.

You have to be in it, to win it.

3. What was the hardest thing you did?
Most likely the hardest thing you did that year will be the most impressive thing on your CV or the most interesting thing to talk about in an interview. You may not have enjoyed it at the time, but the fact you did and can now tell the tale shows you are someone who can deal with a challenge.

Nothing worthwhile is easy.

4. How are you still developing?
Many people finish their education then think that is the last time they will have to study. But even if you aren’t doing more qualifications, then you should be looking at your job or career as continuing development.

Never stop learning!

So take an hour to write down your three biggest achievements this year, thinking about what you learned, how hard or how much fun it was and then make sure the right people know about it.

Good luck!

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