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What makes you stand out at work?

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Many women struggle to answer that question. That’s what consultant and author Marcia Reynolds found as she was conducting 360-degree interviews for her executive clients.

“The problem is that most women don’t like to self-promote,” says the author of Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Con­tent­ment and Direction. This holds true even for women who are at the top. “As a result, they don’t even know what makes them special.”

Tips to help you articulate your worth to your organization:

Describe a peak experience where you felt fully alive and excited about your work. This could be while you were working on something, or at the end of a project or a challenging situation.

Keep a success journal. When­ you do something well, write down what you brought to the situation to create a success.

When someone tells you, “You did a great job,” don’t just say, “It was nothing.” Ask them what specifically they thought you did well.

Discover what makes you stand out—and be proud.

— Adapted from “When Women Talk About Them­selves, They Earn More,” Marcia Reynolds, Huffington Post.

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