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Do not worry to share yoursuccesses

images-28Bragging about your work success may sometimes come off as rude or arrogant, but when it’s done right, celebrating your professional success can put you in a positive light.

According to LinkedIn’s latest @Work study, 86 percent of recruitment decision-makers agree that it’s important for candidates to be able to clearly communicate their achievements. However, 52 percent of professionals surveyed said they would rather discuss their colleague’s achievements than their own. The reason? They said that talking about their accomplishments feels like bragging, the survey found.

The research that LinkedIn conducted suggests that people are so uncomfortable touting their work accomplishments, that they’d rather “share political views on social media than let followers know [they] received a promotion or got a new job.”Even though it may feel uncomfortable, it’s positive to embrace the “humblebrag” and show off what you’ve done. Here’s how you can do it in a positive and professional way.

Human resources and recruiting professionals appreciate when someone is confident. It may not be easy to switch gears, from never speaking about accomplishments to suddenly sharing, but doing so can boost your chances of moving up in your career.

“When someone is interviewing you for a job, they are trying to find out if they can place their confidence in you to do this job,” said Becca Garvin, executive HR recruiter at Find Great People International.

There is, however, a fine line between confidence and bragging. It’s good to celebrate yourself and accomplishments, but remain self-aware. Ragini Parmar, vice president of talent operations at Credit Karma, reminded professionals that there should always be a purpose to their humblebragging.

“Be mindful when you’re sharing your accomplishments,” Parmar said “Timing is key. Don’t be too quick to say everything you’ve done, nor should you share too frequently. Sure, everyone wants to be recognized and appreciated, but be sure you only share what matters.”

Garvin cautioned against going into an interview with an inflated ego. She suggested that you zero in on why you really think you can do this job, since showing that you’re confident about your abilities can help make your case for why you’re a good fit.

“If you have confidence that you can do it, then that’s what we want to hear,” Garvin added. “[Recruiters] have a mold to fill, your job is to communicate how you can fit in that mold, not why they should change the shape of it or how you can fit other irrelevant molds.”

Track your achievements

What you do during your career is important, not just for future jobs, but also for your current position. Highlighting your accomplishments can show that you’re engaged at work, Parmar said. Getting organized and tracking your achievements can keep bosses and potential employers interested in your skills.

“Being able to take inventory of your work demonstrates self-awareness and the readiness to have serious conversations about your career,” Parmar told Business News Daily. “For example, if you’re looking for a raise or promotion, it’s important to do your homework. You’ll always be more effective if you’re able to have a real data-driven conversation with your manager.”

According to Hannah Morgan, a career expert who runs Career Sherpa, a great way to keep your current boss up to date is by sending him or her a weekly or monthly email update. State what you accomplished in objective, measurable terms. And always try to tie your achievements back to organizational goals or how those accomplishments benefit the bottom line, she said.

Morgan advised candidates to keep an organized list of what they have done. You can outline your work by creating a table that’s made up of three columns that list goals, actions and results. This table will be especially helpful for any annual reviews.

“Trying to remember everything you did over the past 12 months means some achievements will slip through the cracks,” Morgan wrote in a Career Sherpa blog post. “If you don’t mention them, will your manager remember them? It is easier to recall recent events and major blunders, which aren’t necessarily the best reflection of you or your work.”

“Your achievements help others understand who you are because they are often so personal,” Parmar added. “After all, they demonstrate struggles you’ve overcome.”

Need more help selling your skills to a hiring manager? Check out Business News Daily’s tips for impressing your interviewer.

Professional Certification

To ensure employees keep their skills up to date, most employers support staff members’ pursuit of professional certifications, new research finds.

The study from the staffing firm Robert Half revealed that 33 percent of employers pay for all of their employees’ educational costs when trying to obtain professional certification, while 39 percent pay for at least some of the expenses. Just 29 percent of those surveyed said their companies provide no financial assistance for certification.

According to the International Institute of Business Analysis, professional certification is a designation earned by employees that identifies they have demonstrated a standard level of skills, experience and expertise within their fields. Certifications are generally earned from a professional society that has a certifying body, and are granted based on a combination of education, experience and knowledge, rather than solely by passing an exam.

“Keeping your skills up to date is vital to career advancement, and acquiring a general or industry-specific certification is one way to do so,” Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, said in a statement. “Employers often support ongoing development because they benefit from well-educated, highly skilled professionals who are current with trends and able to apply what they’ve learned to business needs.”

In addition, most employers do more than just show support for the initial pursuit of a professional certification by their workers. More than three-quarters of those employers surveyed pay for all, or some, of their employees’ efforts to maintain their credentials.

McDonald said employees who are hesitant to ask their bosses to pay for the costs of training should do some research and outline the benefits.

“Since you’re not the only beneficiary, consider which one will give you and your company the best return on investment when deciding between a few certifications,” McDonald said.

To help employees, Robert half offers five tips for getting employers to help pay for professional certifications.

  1. Formulate a case. Do your research and have a plan in place before approaching your boss. Your plan should detail how the certification will make you more valuable to the company. It is also important to consider that some professional certifications have a higher return on investment than others.
  2. Provide benefit examples. Have examples ready of how the certification will improve your productivity, allow you to take on additional responsibilities and bring in added revenue.
  3. Look toward the future. Explain to your boss how this type of certification will help develop you into a future company leader. Since most managers understand the importance of succession planning, this argument should resonate with them.
  4. Offer to pass on your knowledge. Tell your boss that earning this certification will help the entire organization, because you will be able to share what you learn with your colleagues. This will help extend the value of your expertise.