Accomplishments and Special Skills
There is no data on your resume more important
than your accomplishments. Why?
Think of it this way: you’re a hiring
manager with one position to fill and 10 qualified candidates
clamoring for the position. Each
candidate has the same basic educational and professional background.
So, who gets the job?
The candidate who contributed the most at past
positions. Accomplishments are all
that separate you from other equally qualified candidates, with one
caveat. Your accomplishments must be quantified.
is an Accomplishment?
the company’s bottom line (i.e. facilitating its growth)
projects successfully completed
or industry-sponsored awards
is not an Accomplishment?
responsibilities that are included in your job description
attendance at work
along with co-workers
full-time while going to college at night
or community service unless it has a direct bearing on your job
other words, an accomplishment is service that goes beyond your usual job
description. But for an
accomplishment to have the most effect, it must be quantified.
What is a Quantified Accomplishment?
that includes dollar figures, percentages, and time periods.
example: Our accountant has streamlined procedures, realizing a $2500 monthly
savings for his company. The
dollar figure quantifies the accomplishment, while the “streamlined
procedures” explains how he did it.
Now, if he achieved those savings within three months of hire, that
would further strengthen his accomplishments, and it might be written thusly:
the hiring manager’s reaction to the above as opposed to this entry:
Doesn’t say much, does it?
Skills should always be presented up-front so that a hiring manager
knows what you can do. In some
instances, a special section (i.e. Computer Skills, Languages, Office
Procedures, etc.) should be created to showcase these special skills.
skills will include:
- Office procedures (i.e. answering
multi-lined phone systems, taking dictation (include speed),
transcription, typing (include speed), 10-key, etc.)
capabilities (i.e. fluency in a foreign language, ability to translate,
skill that’s industry-specific for the job you’re seeking
are a few examples of resumes with outstanding accomplishments and skills
showcased effectively for hiring managers:
Professionals – Project Manager
– Supply Chain Director