A wins list is something that can help you get a better gig, or get a promotion at your current gig.
What it is is weekly wrap-up. I mean if you want to do it daily, go to town - but I suggest that every Friday you take a minute to reflect on the week that you just had at work. Write down all of your wins.
It can be something small like: you didn't roll your eyes at Susan during the finance meeting.
It can also be something big like: you created an initiative that saved your department 11% of their budget for the quarter or you doubled a program size or you received some sort of award or you came up with a really creative solution to a problem that no one was expecting.
Do this every week. Why? It leads to is a collection of career highlights that you can mine for your resume, for your LinkedIn profile, for your networking conversations. You can then use it as a bargaining chip if you're trying to get a promotion at your current position. It also acts as a confidence booster! If you look back every week and can say “Yeah I kicked ass this week!” you’re going to be better at your job, because you’re going to have the confidence of knowing that you’re succeeding at it.
It's a simple practice but it's one that can have such a huge effect.
So again, just once a week go back and list out your wins. When you get a big one - when you get a major one one that you know is impressive - make sure to work it into your LinkedIn profile, make sure to work it into your resume, make sure when you're at a networking event or you meet someone new (and it’s relevant) that you work it into conversation.
Let it boost your confidence, and again, when you're going for a promotion or you're going for a raise or you're interviewing for that new job … you've got a list of ammunition to take with you that says “I am worth this money, I am worth this position, I am worth this title, and here are some concrete examples of work that I've done that proves it.”
It’s such a simple thing to do, it should take you all of five minutes total, but it genuinely can be a MASSIVE career boost.
Do you have any other tips for a ‘Wins List’ or something like it that you use? Pop it in the comments I would love to share it with people. Do you have a wins list from this week? Let me know! I would love to see it - just shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in career goodness,