Since I’ve been in marketing for the past 7 years, I’ve had time to reflect back on what I’ve learned, and showcasing my successes is by far one of the biggest struggles I have worked to overcome. 

Is your humbleness standing in the way of your success at work? If you want to advance in your career, you need to learn how to strategically showcase your accomplishments. I’m sharing 3 tips to help you showcase your talents and hardwork. In this episode, learn how to boost your confidence, compile your “file of evidence,” and find your cheerleaders.

Host of Adult Struggles, Ashley Barnhart

 

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3 Tips to Showcasing your Success at Work

[1] Build your Confidence.

These next 3 steps pretty much go hand in hand, but I would say this first step is the most important. Before anything else, you need to have confidence in yourself and your talents. If you don’t believe in you, the people you work with won’t either. 

Easier said than done, right? If you feel like you’re a little low in the confidence department, the good news is there is a lot you can do to build it up! 

I recently did an episode on creating a positive space on your social media feeds, where my guest shared the importance of positive affirmations, and I would say this is an excellent place to start. It’s not career-specific, but it will create a positive internal voice, which in turn will boost your confidence at work.

One easy way to do this is by using a daily app on your phone, like ThinkUp. What’s really cool about this app is you can choose between expert-approved affirmations, OR create your own…you can even record them in your own voice to spark that positive self-talk.

I also think it’s always useful to take a step back and evaluate your accomplishments from as unbiased of a view as you possibly can. What would an outsider think of your accomplishment? Maybe you need to actually get an outside opinion to give you constructive feedback.

[2] Gather the Evidence

Now that you’ve fairly evaluated your performance and determined your strengths and areas needing improvement, it’s time to compile the evidence.

What do I mean by that? It sounds very crime scene-y, right? Well it kind of is…you are solving the mystery of who-dun-it, and that who is YOU. And the mystery is all of your blood, sweat, and tears, because if you don’t acknowledge the work you’ve put in, chances are no one else will either.

Be sure to document the results of projects you’re assigned to and regular tasks you are responsible for. It’s like you are building up a portfolio of your successes, so when it comes time to ask for a raise, you can show the proof of why you deserve it. And it might also be worth documenting your failures as well, with the idea that you show HOW you resolved or overcame them.


[3] Find your Cheerleader(s)

And finally, it’s still important to have your cheerleaders. As I mentioned in the beginning of this episode, I had colleagues that stepped up on my behalf to talk me up.

It’s important to identify who can do that for you within your team or organization, and it’s important to note that not everyone is right for the position, so choose wisely.

It should be someone you trust, who knows you and your work well, and who you know is a team player and has that “cheerleader spirit.” And maybe you even decide to mutually build each other up in your careers – you cheer them on and they cheer you on! 

Others’ Success Doesn’t Mean Your Failure

We have this natural tendency to be competitive and believe that if someone else succeeds, that means we’ve failed. But I don’t believe that to be true. Sure, there are always going to be people out there who try to undermine what you’re doing and go out of their way to put down other people to make themselves look better, but in the end that behavior is rarely rewarded (and it’s never a good look). Don’t be that person!

Just focus on you and building up confidence in your work, and soon you’ll feel comfortable showing off a little, with your evidence folder in hand! And as backup, you’ll have your cheerleaders by your side. 

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