If you want your resume to get interviews, then share a summary of accomplishments for each of your recent positions.
Even if you didn’t save the company, you probably have high-quality wins. But it can be hard to remember them.
To that end, I want to set you up with a few fundamental topics that always play well to people who read resumes. Check out the following list of ideas and examples:
You Increased Sales
- Designed a retailer display that increased product placements and drove 8% annual sales growth.
- Worked with distributors to find retailers for inclusion in new marketing program. Drove product placements and 8% annual sales growth.
You Cut Expenses
- Wrote RFP for new telecom provider. Resulted in 4% cost reduction.
- Analyzed responses to RFP for new telecom provider. Interviewed 3 vendors. Made change that yielded 4% annual cost reduction.
You Made Something Faster
- Redesigned delivery routes. Accelerated daily arrival at major accounts by 30 minutes.
- Contributed GIS expertise to team that restructured delivery routes. Accelerated service to major customers by 30 minutes per day.
You Made Something Better
- Implemented single-point-of-contact program for internal customers. Increased Net Promoter Score 15 points.
- Supported HR as their single-point-of-contact in Accounting. Automated 3 “shadow system” reports; freed up 10 hours of staff time per week.
You Got a Promotion
- Promoted from Manager to Director.
Summary of Accomplishments — Best Practices
Each of the accomplishments above follows a bullet point and starts with an action verb. Those are both best resume practices for sharing your wins.
If you want a process for writing accomplishment statements, look at this post. It includes templates and a complete “how to.”
Ask yourself, “What did I do to help my company grow or make operations cheaper, better, or faster?”
You’ll create a good summary of accomplishments and great resume content!
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If you want to learn more:
- See sample resumes and their accomplishment statements here.
- Learn how to quantify accomplishments here.
- Find out how to keep your accomplishment statements easy to read here.
Updated April 2022
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Especially liked the promoted one. Never thought of that. I typically think of, How did you make money, How did you save money, and How did you create a great product / service? Thanks!
Nice article – I especially liked the simplicity of creating defining statements. Really like your advice here.
Thank you Jason. The results statements are my favorite part of resume writing. It’s rewarding to help people see what they have accomplished and then help them share that information with others! Donna
Aidan, Thank you. Donna
Great! I’m gonna share this
can you give examples for a truck driver, janitor/custodian, groundskeeper. thanks. it’s hard to put accomplishments into words on cutting grass or cleaning a toilet, or driving a truck. thanks.
A truck driver might write about having found ways to reduce time on a route.
A janitor might write about having found a fix for a boiler that delayed the need to replace it for three years.
A groundskeeper might write about implementing a preventive spraying program that saved thousands of dollars worth of trees.
Think, how did I make it cheaper/faster/better?