The best way to demonstrate excellence and success when applying for a job is to prominently list your achievements in your resume. For your resume to stand out, it must be more than a simple list of responsibilities from previous jobs. It should show how you met goals, exceeded expectations, and achieved important milestones. Your resume has to show how you can add value to a company, not just how you can do the bare minimum. Emphasizing your achievements is crucial to capturing the attention of employers.
To get started, here are a few tips for selecting and writing about your accomplishments.
Brainstorm: Start by making a list of all of your impressive work-related achievements from previous positions. Any achievement that shows leadership, creativity, and hard work is worth writing down. Don’t worry about relevance for now--just focus on collecting all of your accomplishments in one place. Achievements may include:
Your work experience section, where your previous jobs are listed and described, is the most important part of your job application. It is also the best place to show your achievements in your resume. Here is how you can make this section stand out:
This simple formula is a useful way to approach writing about your achievements. Start by stating a problem, then describe the action you took to solve it, and finally show the outcome. Let's consider the achievements below to get a better understanding of this formula.
“Optimized website speed by refactoring the code; improved website loading speed.”
Problem? Website loading took too long.
Action? Improved the existing code.
Results? Website loading speed improved.
Quantifying your experience may seem challenging, but there are a few ways you can approach your work history that will make it easy. Try to think about your achievements in terms of scale, frequency, and range:
If the number is not exact, feel free to give a range instead. For example, you can say:
“Spearheaded marketing strategy pivot, saving the company $ 14, 000 -$ 20, 000 annually.”
When you list achievements in your resume, it is important to show the best ones first. If you have some particular achievements that you would like to highlight, you can even place them in a separate section near the top of your resume. This may be in your Summary section, or in a distinct Achievements section. This way, they will be prominently featured and well-positioned to catch the eye of a recruiter. As the University of Missouri says, “Always put the most important and relevant information first on your resume.”
Put them in a separate section
Awards can be listed separately from your Achievements. If you have several awards to showcase, you may want to add a separate Awards section. As you list them, remember the following:
2019, Digital Marketing Award
2017, Kenya Investment Authority Marketing Campaign of the Year
2015, Flemish Informatics, Knowledge Management Award
Add Your Awards Won While Working in A Given Position
Instead of a separate section, you can also include your awards in the work history section. Each award can be displayed alongside the job you received it for. You may want to add a subsection such as "Accomplishments" or "Key achievements," or simply add the awards as bullet points in the list.
Ben is a writer and customer support specialist with 5 years of experience helping job-seekers create their careers. He believes in the importance of a great resume and the power of coffee.
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