Resume/Cover Letter TIPS
Impact Your resume with Accomplishments
Your resume should list your accomplishments, not your job duties. Remember that accomplishment statements are the best way to highlight your talents and experience at past jobs, any government ones. Also, you should show future employers what you can do for them. But don't get bogged down with too much detail (such as weekly or daily tasks you have overseen in the past. So how do you avoid having your resume look like a job description? Because turning job duties into accomplishments is tough to create. However, once you create this you will heads and shoulders above the competition.
So what is the difference? A duty describes what you did and an accomplishment describes how well you did it. Seems simple enough but if you review your resume while repeating that mantra you will see a big difference when you change your resume. You want to tell the person reading your resume something she doesn’t already know. So now that you understand the difference, how do you make the change?
Get started by compiling a list of everything that sets you apart. Ask yourself the following:
- What did I do that was above and beyond my normal job duties?
- How did I stand out among other employees in my career?
- Was I ever recognized by a supervisor for a job well done? When and why?
- Did I win any awards or accolades?
- What new processes did I implement to improve things?
- What problems did I solve?
- Did I ever consistently meet or exceed goals or quotas?
- Did I save the company money?
- What made me really great at my job?
Take your list, and add in as many facts, figures, and numbers as you can add to your accomplishment. By quantifying your accomplishments, it not only makes it easier to understand but you will create impact to the hiring manager.
Add to each accomplishment what benefit this has to a potential hiring company. You are now creating not only impact, but most importantly, value. When you include the benefit, you more effectively sell the tangible things you can bring to the company.