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Measuring performance for career
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Hi,

I worked as project coordinator (in the Oil and Gas industry) and I'd like to inquire how can I show my development and achievements to apply for new jobs. Some of them require proven track of my work, but I never registered KPIs, performance, etc for myself. Is there someone that had a similar situation to share the CV or some guidance? Thanks! :)

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Sergio Barrak
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Sergio -

If you can't identify specific metrics which are directly attributable to your performance, you'll need to focus on indirect ones (e.g. contribute towards a successful on time, on budget...).

Also, don't ignore the benefits you provided to the PM - I'm assuming as the project coordinator you did act as the PM's "right hand person" so there's likely some good achievements there to highlight.

Kiron
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Hi Sergio,

It may be the case you can refer to some projects you participated in and point out what where the key activities you performed that helped either the PM or the project itself to its completion.
For example, I was Six Sigma Yellow Belt on the first company I worked; actively partipated in the execution of 2 major projects that Green Belts were carrying out and I was able to list relevant tasks and actions that helped them (worth to point that in some instances in GB's abscense I was held responsible for the projects).
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Dear, you may list your managed projects with achievement scales of have been ahead of schedule, under required budget, -ve risks/threats that were managed by ( avoiding, mitigating, transferring or accepting) techniques, issues solved, how could you manage communication effectively....

Nian.
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Hi Sergio,
Indeed a great question. It will be helpful for me too!
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Kiron makes a very good point - I totally agree and would advise the same.
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Sergio - Some of the aspects of the projects that you can highlight are

- Revenue Managed
- Headcount Managed
- Stakeholder feedback ratings if any
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Project cost and how projects ended under/at budget and under/at schedule.
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Hi Sergio , You could definitely point out examples of your Subject Matter Expertise in the Oil and Gas Industry , assuming off course that you are still going to pursue opportunities in the same field .
If you worked on projects that introduced a new service capability/result/was an enabler of new business process or brought about improvement in existing processes, you could showcase that experience in your resume and explain exactly how you contributed/added value.
You could indicate areas of improvement that you pointed out to the Project Manager/How they were implemented and what was the outcome of your suggestions.
You could indicate areas where you took the initiative or leadership for a process/deliverable and saw it till the conclusion eg Risk Register as pointed out by Nian.
You should be able to demonstrate Qualitative Measures and KPIs not so much Quantitative.
Numbers don't mean anything if for example you cannot explain how exactly you saved the project 30,000 Dollars. You can explain , "By suggesting the improvement in the business process by introducing xyz software, the productivity gain jumped by 20% and the company saved 30,000 dollars".
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I am in agreement with both Deepesh and Kiron.

I like what Deepesh stated about Qualitative -vs- Quantitative. Numbers without some context are not of much use as a metric. You have to be able to explain the numbers and how you arrived at the metric for it to really matter.
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I support Mark's comment. I've been asked to review people's résumé and they often quote quantitative improvements that do not show the business value gained from it.

Whether qualitative or quantitative, it has to be about the value you have created.
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