Accomplishments should always be in your resume. These can help to make your resume stand out from the competition. Use them effectively to get a job!
A strong resume never fails to catch the employer’s attention. It includes all the necessary information, has an attractive layout and format, makes effective use of colour, text and white space and as such it manages to stand out from others. Regarding context, a winning resume talks about a candidate’s most important skills, work experience and of course their biggest accomplishments.
But, what exactly do we mean when we say ‘accomplishments’? What are these and how can we add them in the resume? According to Monster, “an accomplishment is an example of how you contributed to your employer, or it’s an achievement that reflects the kind of worker you are”. Accomplishments are simple sentences that are used to describe a skill in the form of examples. So in a way, these help to give evidence of the possession of a skill an employer is looking for.
If you are currently updating your resume, there are three main ways you can add accomplishments to it.
1. Turn Duties to Accomplishments
The best and most obvious way to add accomplishments to your resume is by turning your job duties into small interesting stories. These stories should talk about a specific achievement that relates to a skill the employer needs. It could be something that you did in your last job that you feel proud about such as leading a project, increasing the number of sales, or suggesting a change in policy that helped the business develop in one way or another. Since employers know what kind of duties each role involves, you are cutting out the fluff and focusing on what it’s important.
2. Create an Achievements Section
If you want to make a big deal out of your achievements (because you have a big list of these and want to brag about them), it doesn’t hurt to create a dedicated section, especially for your accomplishments. You just need to make sure you include only three or four of these in your resume. To make your resume more relevant to the position, choose those achievements that highlight your key competencies and qualities whether these refer to transferable or job-related skills. What’s most important here is to give employers examples of how you’ve met these skills.
3. Add These to Your Career Summary
The career summary is at the top of your resume which means it needs to be as attention-grabbing as possible. Adding a couple of sentences that talk about your accomplishments in this small paragraph will help employers understand who they are dealing with in a matter of seconds. Since their time is limited, they want to get as much as information out of every resume as possible. Also, it helps if you put numbers and quantify your achievements. Check out this list of achievement sentences you can use to give you an idea.
A resume that talks about your biggest accomplishments is far more interesting and eye-catching. If you want to get a job, all you have to do is brag about your achievements. It really is as simple as that. Does your resume talk about your accomplishments or not? Do you think it should? Let me know in the comments section below…