Sep 4, 2020 in Career Coaching
Accomplishment Statements - building a winning resume!
Here's how to create accomplishment statements on your resume that will help you land your dream job.
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Everybody tells you to use accomplishment or achievement-based statements on your resume, but nobody tells you how. By the end of this blog, you will know exactly how to turn your job duties into measurable results and accomplishments so that you can build a winning resume.
Let's get started.
At Hired institute, we have expert resume writers that work with job seekers to actually build outstanding resumes so that they can land their dream jobs. And one of the main areas that most of our clients struggle with is adding accomplishment statements or measurable results to describe their work experience.
Before diving into creating these accomplishment statements, it's important that we first classify the difference between a Responsibility based statement vs. Accomplishment based statement.
These answer the question: What were you hired to do?
Think about the job description when you were hired. These descriptions detail what you were hired to do your job duties and what you do on the job
Also known as achievement-based or measurable results answer the question, what did you achieve? What was the result? What did you accomplish? These come as a result of performing your job duties.
Use this formula to create impactful accomplishment statements:
Strong action verb + result + timeline + explanation.
- A strong action verb to start.
- What the result was.
- What is the timeline that you achieved that result?
- A short explanation.
Let's look at an example.
So a job duty for a marketing manager could be:
lead the marketing department and create ongoing campaigns for customers.
Now, I would ask you what is the measurable result of that duty? So, because you're a marketing manager and you lead a marketing department or a team, and you're running ongoing campaigns for customers, what is the outcome? What is the result of your work and a measurable result or accomplishment for this example of a marketing manager could be:
Drove $5 million increase in new business over six months through new outreach campaigns.
So here drove is a strong action verb, the result is a $5 million increase in new business, the timeline is over six months, and the explanation of how they did it was through new outreach campaigns. We can clearly see how we went from just a job duty or regular responsibility to an accomplishment statement that details the result or the outcome of performing a certain job duty.
At this point, some of you might be thinking: What if I didn't achieve anything on the job? What if I had no accomplishments or achievements? And here we are going to challenge you to think about the answers to the following questions to help you build strong accomplishment statements.
- Did you increase sales or productivity volume?
-Provide a percentage or amount?
2. Did you generate new business or increase the client base?
-How, what were the circumstances?
3. Did you forge affiliations, partnerships, or alliances that impacted the company's success?
-With whom and what were the results?
4. Did you decrease costs or increase revenue?
- By how much over what time period?
5. Did you design or institute any new system or process?
-If so, what were the results?
6. Did you save management, or your supervisor, time?
7. Did you bring in any project under budget?
The answers to these seven questions are your accomplishments or your measurable results.
Take some time to reflect and write down the answers to these questions as you start thinking about generating those strong, impactful accomplishment statements for your resume.
Employers want to see measurable results. They want to see that you can generate an outcome and not just perform a job. To create accomplishment statements in your resume make sure that you use this formula to generate strong, impactful accomplishment statements: Strong action verb, the result, a timeline, and an explanation. Don't put the explanation in the beginning, start with that strong action verb and the result, and then explain how you got to that result. Remember to use strong action verbs as this can really help to add that next level of impact to your resume.
Here’s to avoiding average resumes and building AMAZING resumes!
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