Chapter 9: FORMAT AND FORMAL PRESENTATION\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0\n\n\nBack in my post, Professional Accomplishments: The Shortest Distance to Indispensable (2\/5\/15), there is a link to a sample copy of Janet Best\u2019s Accomplishments Inventory.\u00a0You may want to refer to that link\/this document while I discuss formatting.\u00a0(BTW, I assume you know that Janet and her Accomplishments Statement are fictitious.)\n\n\nYour Accomplishments Statement, in final presentation, is meant to be as formal and attractive as a resume\/CV or a cover letter and when presented, is designed to convey the professionalism of the person presenting it. You will get your supervisor\u2019s preliminary attention with formatting and then knock their socks off with content. So plan on spending a little time buffing out the margins, centering and, of course, no typos!\n\n\nIn the header, list your name, the title of the document, telephone number and email address. They are the minimum. Depending on where and to whom you are presenting this document, you may also want to include your current job title and location within the organization. You will know what is appropriate when the time comes.\n\n\nReviewing the sample document, take a look at Janet\u2019s header.\n\n\nJanet titles her document \u201cStatement of Professional Accomplishments\u201d followed on the next line with her company\u2019s name, her corporate title, email address and direct phone number. You may find it reasonable to include a city and state and\/or your postal mailing address.\n\n\nBelow the header, without a title or any explanation (none is necessary), Janet lists the accomplishments she considers the most valuable for her immediate supervisor and above to recognize. It doesn't matter that her supervisor may already know this information. Re-ringing a bell can have an impact.\n\n\nNote that Janet lists her accomplishments using the Accomplishment Inventory formula: Accomplishment + \u201cresulting in\u201d + Value Statement. There are no company names, no time frame, none of the embellishments that you would find on a standard resume.\n\n\nShe has organized them in the order she personally feels makes the best case for her efforts. This is something you need to do based on your job, what your supervisor expects of you and the inside knowledge you have from being on the job.\n\n\nNote that Janet\u2019s accomplishments are not numbered. This is by design so that no one accomplishment appears more important than any other. By using bullets instead of numbers you do not grant one accomplishment more value over another.\n\n\nThere is a double space between each of Janet's accomplishments, leaving a lot of white space so that this page reads easily. It also allows each accomplishment to stand on its own merits while inviting discussion. When your boss asks for more details, you have the perfect opportunity to have a focused discussion on your specific value to her.\n\n\nIn theory, there is no limit, no right number of accomplishments to include. In reality there is a protocol that is dictated by your company culture, your manager and you. You will know what the right number is. If you are in sales, two or more pages may be appropriate. Any other occupation will most likely be best served by presenting a single page. Stick with your intuition on this one.\n\nSide note: I strongly suggest compiling your achievements into a journal but I do not recommend presenting this digest to management. View your journal as an archive of your professional history. In the event of a downsizing, you may want to produce it as validation of the value you have contributed and if current, will support your continued contributions.\nThe secondary value of your journal is providing you with all the highlights of your career when you decide to pen your biography!\n\nAs I have said several times throughout this book your goal is to see that decision makers are aware of the value you bring to the organization. All your work in gathering and writing your accomplishments, organizing them into a compelling list and creating a clean, clear presentation of them will get the job done.\n\n\nHOW AND WHEN TO USE YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS\n\n\nYou\u2019ve done all this work. You have an amazing list of your highest and best accomplishments all laid out for the world to see. How are you going to use them?\n\n\nIf you are able to engage your boss casually over the water cooler you may be able to go about informing her about your latest, greatest accomplishment she may not be aware of. This would be, in my mind, a best scenario application: Truly informing, as opposed to boasting, about something you have done recently that you are proud of and feel worthy of mentioning. Interestingly, it is a very real possibility that in the course of your career you may never actually present your formal Accomplishments Statement to a supervisor. This assumes you are consistently able to seize the opportunity for one-on-one discussion. This possibility does not give you permission not to have a formal document prepared for other eventualities.\n\n\nHere is a short list of those times when you may find it handy and necessary to have a printed Accomplishments Statement in hand.\n\n\nPerformance reviews\nRequesting a raise or conducting a salary negotiation\nContract negotiation for those of you who work by contract\nIn defense of termination due to downsizing\n\n\nThis is by no means an all-inclusive list but you get the idea. Your Accomplishments Statement, besides providing confidence, motivation and poise for you personally is a tool that can be applied many times throughout your 40 years.