For many people, an interview/performance review can stressful:
What’s “Career Hype Doc” and where should you start?
Hype Doc’s are a great framework that anyone can use at any stage in their career, from beginners to folks in managerial positions to reflect on your achievements and build a case for your next raise or promotion.
It is a live document designed to give you a confidence boost by acknowledging your successes. It’s also a way of keeping receipts for all your hard work and contributions that may not get recognized by other folks on your team, which is essential when you’re vying for a promotion or working on your annual performance review.
The formula to create a hype document is pretty easy: Start a running list and regularly update it with things that you’re proud of. Anything can count as an accomplishment, like:
Ready to start hyping yourself up more often? Here are a few ways that you can start, maintain, and take advantage of your own hype document.
You can choose to set up your hype doc in any documentation format you’re most comfortable with. Some options include Google Sheets, Notion, Figma, or Dropbox Paper. Before proceeding, remember that a hype doc should include a few things:
By organizing your hype doc this way, it’s easily scannable and includes the key details of each project that you would want to talk about during your performance review. Focus on your personal contribution to each project and how your work impacted the business and its users. Use these free templates to begin with:
If your company does peer feedback as part of the promotion/perf process – share your brag document with your peer reviewers. Sharing a hype doc with me your managers or peers can help them writing your review effectively by reminding them of all the amazing things you did, and the areas you need feedback on.
You can make a dedicated section for your focused areas and list all the work you’ve done:
This is especially good if you’re working on something fuzzy like “building a stronger culture of product review” where all the individual actions you do towards that might be relatively small and there isn’t a big shiny ship.
You can also use hype doc to reflect on the work you’ve done and improvise. Some questions it’s helped me with:
You can write it all at once or update it every 2 weeks or you can also do a single marathon session every 6 months or every year where you look through everything and reflect on it all at once. Your best bet is to try out different approaches and see what works for you.
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