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How To Write An Achievement-Based Resume

Many resumes I receive in my recruitment job are very “duty-oriented” – job seekers have long lists of what they’ve done but not enough tangible achievements. If you want to increase your chances of being called in for an interview, you need to give concrete examples of what you’ve done in a current/previous job, which will be relevant to your potential employer. Related: How To Create Effective Achievements On Your Resume


Use My Tips To Create Your Achievement-Based Bullet Points On Your Resume:

Focus On CAR And STAR Formats

I’ve written about STAR format many times, mostly in the context of answering competency based interview questions but using this technique can help your resume writing process as well. STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) or CAR (Context/Challenge, Action, Result) will help you introduce a problem you’ve solved in your job and highlight your contribution. Of course you wouldn’t be able to go through an entire story on your resume (save that for the interview!) – but it will help you illustrate your achievements, which in turn will make you stand out. Let’s suppose you’ve done something to increase customer satisfaction from 75% to 90% - put that on your resume. Try to quantify your experience as much as you can. Numbers easily impress people so think of something you’ve done that has increased sales, or saved time/money.

Ask Yourself “How Do I Know I’ve Done A Good Job?”

Whenever you prepare a resume, for any bullet point you write, ask yourself “How do I know I’ve done a good job?” This will help you focus on the results you’ve achieved and will help you get called for an interview as well. When you quantify your resume, the numbers don’t have to be focused just on revenue. Perhaps you’ve trained over 200 people on a particular system at work – mention that on your resume. Also, be specific with business situations when describing your responsibilities. If you’ve managed a team of 25, mention that, or if you’ve managed a budget of £3m, you might want to put that number on your CV as well. While it might be easier to demonstrate results in certain roles e.g. sales, there are many ways in which you might have made a contribution at work:
  • Have you done anything that saved time/money? e.g. streamlining a procedure
  • Have you won "Employee of the Year" award?
  • Have you increased the company's press coverage (explain how many pieces of coverage you've managed to obtain)
Hope you’ve found these tips useful! If you want some help in preparing for competency-based interviews, you’ll love my FREE 3-day e-course ‘How to win at job interviews’ which contains a wealth of other interview tips, too. This post was originally published at an earlier date. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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