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What’s in Your Toolbox: How Accomplishment Statements Demonstrate Your Value
The goal of a résumé is to paint yourself in the best possible light. Hiring managers are not oblivious to this reality. A well-crafted résumé will not only tell your capability—it will show it. Accomplishment statements show the outcomes you’ve achieved in a position, either personally or as part of a team. These statements make your skills credible and tangible. “Leadership skills” is bland and amorphous. However, “improved employee retention by 23% over three years” testifies to the difference that can make in an organization. There are three different angles from which you can approach accomplishment statements. Let these three questions guide you as you incorporate accomplishment statements into your résumé.
What are my achievements? Your significant career accomplishments should certainly be included on your résumé. They are the low-hanging fruit and an obvious place to start as you anchor your résumé with accomplishment statements. Integrate at least your top two achievements in each role.
What are my skills? Consider your competence. How have you evidenced your skills in practice? Your examples should be specific and digestible. Rather than, “updated employee training program,” you could say, “aligned employee training procedure with objectives, resulting in 31% faster onboarding time.”
What are the needs of this organization? In a successful career, you will have many achievements you could highlight. Zero in on those that correspond to the challenges and opportunities facing this institution. This principle applies both to your résumé and to the interview—another place where accomplishment statements shine.