The older people among my readers will remember Susan Lucci from the daytime soap opera All My Children. She was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award nineteen times before she won an award. Susan and other people like her often said, “It is an honor just to be nominated.” Those words are true. When you are nominated for an award or considered for special recognition, it is an honor. Even if you do not win, it is an honor, something you should be proud of, something you should be happy to share with the world.
People often do not share their accomplishments, do not talk about all the good they have done, the awards and commendations they have received. They do not do it because they do not want to be overly prideful, to brag or to be conceited. These people do not recognize that it is okay to let their light shine, to let the world see their greatness. When you are looking for work, a contract or a freelance assignment that is the perfect time to shout out your accomplishments, awards and honors. Employers, clients and potential partners want to know that you are successful and that you have accomplished some good and wonderful thing.
Take time now to list your awards, honors and accomplishments. Make an actual list that you can refer to in your cover letter, emails, job interview or client meeting. Did you help your company save significant amounts of money? Add that to the list. Did you figure out a way of doing things in a better, more efficient manner? Add that to the list. Did a client tell you that you made her life better or inspired her? Add that to the list. Were you nominated for an award or recommendation? Add that to the list. Even if you did not win, it was an honor to be nominated. Employers, contractors and clients want to work with people who are successful and who can do good things. It is your responsibility, your job (pardon the pun) to bring your good qualities and superlative factors to the attention of those with whom you want to work.
At the same time, while it is an honor to be nominated, it is also an honor to win. So, please go to http://www.blackweblogawards.com/ and vote for this blog, Janeane’s World under the category, Best Business Blog.
In conclusion, it is wonderful to announce nominations for awards when applying for jobs. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what award have you won that will help you get a job?