You Need a Career Brag Sheet

The Test Lead
5 min readApr 17

In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of technology, it’s crucial to keep track of your accomplishments and contributions. Whether you’re a software developer, project manager, or any other tech professional, having a brag sheet can be a game-changer when it comes to your career progression and personal growth.

What Is A Brag Sheet?

I have been in the tech space for about 8 years now. I worked on many different teams and projects during that time period. It would be impossible for me to remember the small details and tasks of every project that I have been apart of which is why I am a strong believer in documentation.

A brag sheet is a document or a spreadsheet that lists your achievements, projects, and accomplishments. It’s a summary of what you’ve done and what you’ve achieved in your role. A brag sheet should be updated regularly and should include quantifiable metrics, such as the number of projects you’ve completed, the revenue generated, or the number of clients you’ve served. It should also highlight any new skills you’ve learned, any certifications you’ve earned, and any awards or recognition you’ve received. Be very detailed in the process. The more you write down, the less you are forced to try to remember.

Why Brag Sheets Are Essential

Here are a few reasons why having a brag sheet is essential for tech professionals:

  1. Performance Reviews: One of the most important reasons to have a brag sheet is for performance reviews. Performance reviews are an opportunity for you to showcase your achievements and demonstrate your value to the organization. By having a brag sheet, you can easily reference specific examples of your contributions, making it easier to back up any claims you make during the review process.
  2. Salary Negotiations: When it comes time to negotiate your salary, a brag sheet can be a powerful tool. By having a record of your accomplishments and contributions, you can make a strong case for why you deserve a raise or a promotion. You can use specific examples to demonstrate the impact you’ve had on the organization, which can be particularly helpful if your role is not directly tied to revenue generation.
  3. Career Advancement: If you’re looking…
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