Does your resume reflect what you’ve accomplished?
A resume will show the same set of responsibilities for candidates in the same industry. For example, a nurse may write: delivering patient care, speaking to patients and their families, administering medication and tests, assisting doctors, and looking after patients’ needs, etc. Keep in mind you need to do something to set yourself apart from the average professional in your field. This can be accomplished by writing your resume and cover letter in a way that will distinguish you as unique and show your passion for your profession—it’s all in the wording. You need to convey that you don’t simply perform your duties, but also make a difference to the companies you work for. This is why accomplishments are such an integral part of a resume.
When creating your resume, listing all of your accomplishments since the seventh grade isn’t necessary. However, you should have something to be able to show a prospective employer.
Questions to Answer
- What was the company/department like before you arrived? How about after?
- What did you do to change or improve the situation?
- What did you do to increase productivity?
- Did you increase sales/profits/efficiency/reduce costs, etc.?
All of these accomplishment-based questions can help you to beef up your resume and make you stand out against the competition:
- What articles or books have you written?
- Were you on any committees or special projects?
- Are you more of a leader or a follower?
These are questions to help you get started. When coming up with achievements, think of this series of questions: what was the challenge, what was the action you took, and what was the end result. This will create an accomplishment statement that you can use in your resume.
Use Hard Data
Give examples that include facts and figures. You will want all the essential numbers on your achievements to be reflected in your resume. An example would be “Increased sales by 20% due to landing new accounts”. This is a good way of displaying your success to a prospective employer because numbers give specifics. General statements are vague and may cause an employer to take a step back. The important thing to remember is that the employer is looking to improve their company. It’s up to you to show how you can help further that goal.
Use Past Achievements
In conclusion, your accomplishment section will provide verification of the results you have achieved and present the hiring committee with evidence that you’ve achieved results in the past; therefore, you will be able to meet or exceed the results they desire in the future. Since previous work performance is a significant indicator for potential contributions, a list of preceding achievements and successes could pique a reader’s curiosity and ultimately secure a job interview .
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