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Exercise # 7-- Identify and Analyze Your Accomplishments
An accomplishment is something specific that you did that solved a difficult problem, met an interesting challenge, reacted to a crisis, or created a rewarding success. It is quantifiable, and you enjoyed doing it.
Your accomplishments, if carefully identified at the beginning of your search, can help you easily answer interview questions such as:
Examining your accomplishments increases self-awareness and, often, raises self-esteem. Analyzing your accomplishments can help you determine your key strengths and give some insight into your interest patterns. Your accomplishments can then be used to communicate your core competencies and how you add value to an organization.
Start by making a list of your accomplishments:
Beginning with high school, take 3 to 5 year segments of your life, and identify things you did that had some kind of result and that you liked doing. The objective of this exercise is to come up with a list of at least 25 to 30 accomplishments.
The majority of your accomplishments should come from your work life, but your accomplishments can also include things you did as a student, an athlete, a volunteer, or a family member. All of these can show how you do things and what you like to do.
The accomplishments need not be monumental in the eyes of others. What counts is that you actually did something, there was a result, and you felt good about it.
If an accomplishment you have noted has no result involved, it is most likely a responsibility, not an accomplishment. It should be removed from your list.
From this “accomplishment dump”, pick ten accomplishments, most from your work experience, that are quite different from each other.
For each accomplishment, prepare a PAR statement. A PAR statement breaks an accomplishment into three parts:
“P”-- The Problem
“A”-- Your Actions
“R”-- The Results
First, the Problem or situation:
Second, your Actions:
Third, the Results:
Once you have created PAR statements for your ten accomplishments listed above, conduct the following analysis for each PAR statement:
Also, for each of your PAR statements, answer the following questions:
Finally, carefully review:
Your PAR Statement action word / action phrase analysis (above)
Your answers to the PAR Statement questions for each PAR Statement (above)
This review should reveal emerging patterns that will help you identify your four to five core competencies, how you like to add value to organizations, and where your true interests lie.
Click here to see examples of PAR statements.
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