Use Evernote to Track Your Accomplishments

As I wrote about before, it is important to track all of your accomplishments in real-time. There are many ways to keep this vital task simple. One great way to do it is to use Evernote, the note taking application. With desktop versions of the software available for iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, and Droid, desktop versions for Mac and Windows, and available on, there is no excuse to not use Evernote. The free account offers plenty of features and online storage space for most consumers.

Set up a new notebook and give it a catchy name like, 'Master Resume' or 'Accomplishments for Resume'. Every time you have an accomplishment, add it to that Evernote notebook. To make it even easier, create an e-mail address to send notes directly to Evernote.

Next time you get an e-mail from your boss complimenting you on your awesome client presentation or when you get the monthly report that shows 50% sales growth in your territory, send it to Evernote. When you call us to have your resume updated, you'll have a bucket full of accomplishments.

Don't Think It, Ink It

Years ago, on 38 Proven Ways to Close that Sale, Mark Victor Hansen uttered the phrase, "Don't think it, ink it. Delegate it to document". That phrase stuck with me. It reminds me that if we will need to remember something, write it down!

That's exactly what you should be doing with your job duties and accomplishments. Whatever system you want to employ, you need to regularly record facts and statistics about your job.

Even a simple file folder will work. When you have something that may someday belong on your resume, print a copy and put in your folder.

Some things you should put in your folder:

  • Original offer letter
  • A copy of your job description
  • Performance evaluations
  • Copies of any performance reports
  • Written kudos and compliments
  • Training certifications

If you've not been doing this already, start today. Years from now you'll be glad you did.