QUESTION: What’s the key to writing good accomplishments on my resume?
Clarity and proper formatting. People read from left to right, so if you want to “get them at hello”, place the result first, followed by the “how” and make it impactful with as much qualitative and/or quantitative data you can. Make it easy for the recruiter to assess, at a glance, what you can do for them. You’ll pique interest with clarity. Avoid “TLDR” too long, didn’t read.
A good accomplishment begins with a strong action verb. Avoid using “responsible for” or “duties included”! Then tell the story in a tight, clean way. Focus on the result, any numbers you can add, and what your action was specifically. Consider using the STAR method to frame the story: Situation/Task, Action, and Result.
To write strong accomplishments on your resume, be clear, specific, and results-oriented. Quantify your achievements using numbers or percentages to showcase their impact. Highlight how your actions positively influenced the organization or team. Employ the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) method to structure your accomplishments.
Use the CAR technique – Challenge, Action & Result. When you add it to the resume, write the CAR in reverse Result, Action, and drop off the challenge. Front-loaded bullets with the value first will engage the reader to learn more value about you in that position. Keep bullets to one line, two max; remember recruiters scan resumes the first time before reading their favorite valuable candidates.
Front-loading each bulleted statement with the results upfront. Quantifying and qualifying your achievements with numbers to give context to the breadth and depth of your work. Ensuring that the accomplishments tell a story about how you solved a problem/saved money/streamlined operations, etc. Strong accomplishments answer the question, “What difference did you make in this job?”
Use the STAR approach. Briefly describe the Situation, the Task, your Approach, and the Result. Get as specific as you can, like “Beat quota 125%,” “Saved 10% in costs,” or “Improved time to value 50%”. I often start the sentence with the result then the why and how.
Truly compelling accomplishment statements include a description of the situation, your actions, and the result – especially if you quantify the outcome! Try describing how you solved a problem or met a deadline, with details on the challenge and how your work made a difference, such as “Cut monthly close time 65% with new SAP system” or “Generated $1.2M by displacing competitors in 5 accounts.”
Review the top 5 qualifications/requirements on the job announcement. Identify your best accomplishments that relate to each one. Draft your answer as if you were answering the question in the interview. Identify the result/impact, then frontload those at the beginning of your statement then fill in the rest of the bullet with the key points of your answer. We teach the proprietary STCARI Method™.
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