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May 20, 2018

Showcase Your Skills

If you want to advance in your career, people need to know what you can do and how well you can do it. If you are a good writer, you must be able to demonstrate this skill so that others know you have it. When a job opportunity arises that requires strong writing skills, you want people to think of you.

How can you showcase your skills without bragging and putting people off? Here are some tips.

  • Start by choosing a skill you want to demonstrate, such as written or oral communication, time management, organization, conflict resolution, negotiation, project management, creativity, leadership, problem solving, and so on. You want others to know you have leadership skills.
  • Look for opportunities to showcase this skill. For example, you can offer to lead a team that is researching a way to streamline procedures. If that’s not possible, show initiative, which is part of leadership. Suggest improvements or ask insightful questions at meetings, offer to coach or mentor a new employee, and take on additional assignments eagerly and with enthusiasm.
  • Discuss your skills with your manager during your performance review. Since we often forget what we achieved, I suggest you start keeping an accomplishment journal. This can be a paper document, a Word document, or a note on Outlook or your phone. Every Friday, take a few minutes to jot down what you accomplished the past week and how you did it, so you have a resource of successful achievements you can refer to.

Being able to demonstrate your skills without bragging requires you to take actions that highlight your expertise. You don’t have to tell people how good you are; you can show them!

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