Book Provides 200+ Prompts for Brainstorming Accomplishments


Our newest book from Quintessential Careers Press You Are More Accomplished Than You Think: How to Brainstorm Your Achievements for Career and Life Success offers a whole chapter filled with 233 prompts to help job-seekers and others identify their accomplishments.
The book tackles the issue of brainstorming tracking communicating and leveraging accomplishments so you can detail them in resumes and cover letters and articulate them in networking and interviewing.
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The book is now available in Kindle format.
Here’s the full table of contents from the book:
Introduction: You are more accomplished than you think.

  • You are more accomplished than you think.
  • What is an accomplishment?
  • Everyone has accomplishments.
  • The power of accomplishments.
  • Get ready to discover your accomplishments.
  • Take the accomplishments pre-test.
  • A note about sources.

Chapter 1: Why we need to brainstorm track and leverage our accomplishments: The vital role of accomplishments in the job search and beyond is the subject of this chapter.

  • Prospective employers respond to accomplishments and results not duties and responsibilities.
  • To sell our services – whether to employers or clients – we need a track record.
  • To boost job security in an insecure world we need our bosses to know what we’re accomplishing.
  • To advance in our jobs and get raises we need to tout accomplishments.
  • Accomplishments and successes may compensate for other deficiencies in our backgrounds (such as lack of a college degree history of job-hopping gaps in employment).
  • To identify gaps in our experience set and meet goals we need to monitor accomplishments.
  • To feel good about ourselves we need to appreciate what we’ve achieved.

Chapter 2: Why people have a weak grasp on their accomplishments: This chapter explores the reasons – social and psychological – that most people are at a loss when it comes to identifying their accomplishments.

  • It hasn’t occurred to us to record accomplishments beginning early in our careers.
  • We can’t remember what we’ve accomplished.
  • We’re not sure we’ve done anything worthy of being called an accomplishment.
  • We have difficulty seeing ourselves as others see us.
  • We’re worried about being perceived as boasting.
  • Clearing the obstacles.

Chapter 3: Tools and techniques for brainstorming and tracking accomplishments: Readers will gain plenty of ideas in this chapter about how they can monitor their accomplishments from this point on.

  • Journaling techniques.
  • Techniques using Web apps software and cloud apps.
  • Low-tech techniques.
  • Techniques that integrate feedback from others.
  • Mining documents for accomplishments.

Chapter 4: 200+ prompts for brainstorming accomplishments: This chapter focuses on one of the most effective methods for identifying accomplishments – mining them through a series of questions that prompt readers to rediscover notable moments.

  • Accomplishments that illustrate skills.
  • Accomplishments that depict values.
  • Accomplishments that exemplify experience.
  • Accomplishments that enable the employer to envision your future ability to attain the same results you achieved for a past employer.
  • Accomplishments that demonstrate subject-matter knowledge.
  • Accomplishments that distinguish you and show uniqueness.
  • Accomplishments that indicate that others recognize your value and contributions.
  • Proof of performance: Tangible evidence of accomplishments.
  • Accomplishments resulting in awards certifications and honors.
  • Creative ways to mine for accomplishments.
  • Entrepreneurial accomplishments.
  • Life accomplishments.
  • Accomplishments specific to your field.
  • Accomplishments from school unpaid and entry-level work.
  • One final set of prompts: Job-Interview Questions.

Chapter 5: Quantifying accomplishments: Employers and others who evaluate individuals based on their accomplishments love to see numbers. This chapter explains how to quantify accomplishments wherever possible.

  • Why quantify?
  • Developing metrics for accomplishments.
  • Measuring percentages of improvement.
  • Framing accomplishments that are difficult to quantify.
  • Use superlatives and “firsts.”
  • Avoiding over-quantification.

Chapter 6: Creating: AccomplishNuggets: Articulating and communicating your accomplishments: Once you’ve identified achievements what’s the most effective way to express them? This chapter explores techniques and gives samples.

  • Choosing frameworks and structures for communicating accomplishments.
  • Choosing storied frameworks and structures for communicating accomplishments.
  • Enhancing accomplishment stories by providing just enough detail.
  • Using keywords to describe your accomplishments.
  • Giving yourself sufficient credit for team accomplishments.
  • Describing accomplishments that include obstacles vulnerability or spring from negative situations or failure.
  • Substantiating subjective claims about yourself with accomplishments-driven facts and metrics.
  • Don’t leave out the results.
  • Relating past accomplishments to future opportunities.
  • Avoiding sounding like you’re boasting.
  • Rehearsing communicating about accomplishments.
  • Titling your accomplishments.
  • Checklist for refining your accomplishments messages.

Chapter 7: Tailoring your accomplishments: Each communication channel requires a nuanced approach to broadcasting accomplishments. This chapter explains those nuances and provides samples.

  • Tailoring your accomplishments while networking.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in social media.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in resumes.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in cover letters.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in career portfolios.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in interviews.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in pre-employment screenings and assessments.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in performance reviews.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments in status reports to your boss.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments to request a raise or promotion.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments to prospective clients.
  • Tailoring your accomplishments for goal-setting personal advancement and growth.

Chapter 8: Conducting annual and other regular accomplishments reviews: This chapter discusses ways to get into the habit of reviewing accomplishments regularly.

  • When and how often should you review accomplishments?
  • Questions to ask yourself as you review accomplishments.
  • Involving others in your review.
  • Adding value to future accomplishments.
  • Setting goals to achieve by your next review.

Chapter 9: You are accomplished! The concluding chapter encourages you to bask in the realization that you are truly more accomplished than you thought.

  • Take the accomplishments post-test.
  • Applying what you’ve learned about yourself.
  • Taking pride in your accomplishments.
  • Leveraging your accomplishments.
  • What’s next for you as an accomplished individual?

Appendix

  • Interview questions
  • Acknowledgements/directory of experts

Afterword

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