If you want your resume to get interviews, then provide a summary of accomplishments for each of your recent positions.
When you make it easy for recruiters and hiring managers to know about your accomplishments, your job search will go better.
Even if you didn’t save the company, you probably have more high-quality wins packed into your job duties than you realize.
To that end, I want to set you up with a few basic topics that always play well to people who read resumes. Check out the following list of accomplishment 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 10-point increase in Net Promoter Score and 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
- Led restructuring of delivery routes that let drivers reach major customers 30 minutes earlier each day.
- 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 Were Promoted
- Promoted from Manager to Director.
Summary of Accomplishments — Best Practices
Note that each of the accomplishment statements shown above follows a bullet point and starts with an action verb (see a list here). Those are both best resume practices for sharing your wins.
If you want a process for writing accomplishment statements, then look at this post, including templates, for the full “how to.”
Ask yourself, “What did I do, either as the lead or as a team member, to make my company more money 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 January 2021
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