For some people Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a necessary part of their job – they have to prove that they are up to date with key developments in their particular industry.
For others, the question of what they’ve done over the past three, six or twelve months only crops up at appraisal time where, from experience as both an appraiser and an appraisee, it’s usually a mad dash to find examples of training undertaken or projects completed.
If you’re in work it’ll make things a whole lot easier when appraisal time rolls round – you’ll see, at a glance, what your key achievements have been so you can blow your own trumpet and be able to back up your claims with evidence. And remember, it doesn’t have to just be formal training either. Maybe you’ve read an interesting magazine article or listened to a podcast. If you’ve learnt something from it then write it down.
If you’re out of work, the benefits are two-fold.
One, it’ll remind you of all the skills you have, which will help when it comes to updating your CV or talking about yourself at interview.
Two, it’ll act as a confidence boost on days when you’re feeling in need of a lift.
How you choose to record your achievements is entirely up to you. When I worked in a corporate HR role I used a template similar to this one – feel free to download it and adapt it to suit your own needs.
If you’re currently out of work you won’t need anything quite so formal so you might just choose to jot a few ideas down in a notebook. Or, you can go the whole hog and create, as Claire Mitchell from The Girls Mean Business suggests, your very own ‘Book of Awesome’. Although Claire works primarily with women business owners, the principle is the same – it’s a ‘pick me up’ and a reminder of everything that is great about you.
Whichever route you choose to go down, make sure you keep it up to date and refer back to it often.