What is more important, where you went to college ten years ago or what you have accomplished in the last ten years of your career?
Without a doubt, actual achievement in the workplace matters more than where you got your college degree.
In a recent piece for Forbes, Jonathan Rick argues that most LinkedIn users aren’t taking advantage of the headline line on their profile. Instead of using the space for the default job title and employer that LinkedIn auto-populates, Rick proposes a customized headline of 120 characters, an elevator pitch of what you do and whom you help.
Rick points out that a job title provides no context about your experience and your value for a prospective employer. He believes that you, the individual should be the priority, not the company. His reasoning is that “when you value the institution over the individual, you also convey your insecurity. This mindset suggests that you tie your professional identity to the company you work for and that where you work is more important than what you do.”
Like Rick, we agree that what you do is more important than where you work. But here at Preciate, we take it a step further. We believe that your most valuable accomplishments are worth more than your educational or career history. The sum total of all the good things you have done is a more accurate assessment of your value.
However, it’s difficult for people to know what you have actually accomplished at work. If, like most people, you have changed companies or managers, most of the salient details about your last ten years’ best work are just lost memories.
Remember when you worked until midnight on a Friday to polish the graphics and charts on a client presentation for your boss one night seven years ago?
Or what about the time you helped win a new account by brainstorming over lunch with the sales team to develop a key innovative tactic five years ago?
How about when you took the time to mentor a co-worker on a day when your car broke down and you had to prepare for and lead an executive meeting in the afternoon three years ago?
Even if your former managers are willing and permitted by company policy to provide you with a reference, it’s impossible for them to recount all the good you did, so their words almost invariably become empty platitudes. Furthermore, if you compiled a list of these kinds of accomplishments and presented them during an interview, your prospective employer would likely be concerned you’re both obsessive and narcissistic. Yet, ask any employer and they will tell you these are precisely the kind of things they want to know.
Now imagine the next ten years’ of your best achievements recorded in a way that is highly detailed, easy to share, and validated by others as accurate.
That’s our app, Preciate.
Professionals, and particularly Millennial professionals, are ready for a more empathetic and appreciative work culture, one where the only value that truly matters is what you’ve done plus your emotional quotient, or EQ, expressed as the sum total of the good you have done for others. That’s the key to create a positive work culture, a culture where employees are recognized for their accomplishments and EQ and given the agency to create it themselves.
In a social media landscape cluttered with apps that value the superficial over the authentic, we see ourselves as pioneers. Our goal is to make you healthier, happier, and more successful, by valuing and accruing the quality of your connections and your good work.
Preciate is reality. Not a resume.