For a long time, I believed in the quaint notion that if you just do good work that people want to see you succeed. This hokey notion is akin to grazing on the prairie and believing you won’t be eaten. Workplace culture is a lot like the animal world, only the animal world is more sane. No one talks about this in college and you can’t be trained for it.
For so long, I’ve spent a lot of time trying not to overstate my work. I don’t profess to ever be anything I’m not. But in the process of doing so, I tend to understate a lot of what I am in an effort to make strangers feel comfortable. I’ve been told for years that I need to stop, but it’s difficult to know where the line is. What’s important? What do people really need to know? It’s the reason I like resumes more than LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a braggarts dream and a showpony for showing off.
It’s not how I’m wired.
I intentionally go places others won’t, because I figure someone has to do it. Part of what’s worked for me over a long period of time is making IT or web or digital related things accessible to people who view them as far outside of their abilities. I enjoy teaching and I’ve never embraced the role of IT overlord as “keeper of all the things” as if there’s only place to get the answers.
The thing no one tells you when you start working is you have to chronicle your experiences or you’ll forget. That you need to itemize your wins, not because it has to matter to you, but when it does matter, you need to be able to talk about it.