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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