Why Should You Keep a Work Diary?

Written by: Lucy Walters
Published on: 5 Aug 2021

Why Should You Keep a Work Diary?Given that most job interviews will involve at least one or two competency-based questions, it’s important to keep track of your achievements at work and be prepared to discuss them in your next interview. 

Keeping a work diary is a great way to do this, as it allows you to log both big and small achievements, and to create real-life examples you can draw on to demonstrate your capabilities in your next job interview. Whether you decide to update it daily, weekly or monthly is up to you, but it’s a good idea to update it when you do something new or when you do something that really represents a skill you pride yourself on. For example, if you consider yourself to be a strong leader, update your diary with situations where you’ve successfully lead a team, remembering to detail the outcome of what you did as well as the steps you took.

You could also create a list of all the tools and platforms you use at work, with an outline of the context in which you used them. This will help you to explain your proficiency in them to your interviewer and will prove that you have real experience in using them, and that you haven’t just quickly Googled them before your interview.