Writing a Resume: Accomplishment Statements

A good resume showcases your strengths, and the best and most effective way to do this is by filling it with well-written accomplishment statements. These bullet points, written under each job heading in your resume, will have two parts: 

  1. The Action (what you did)
  2. The Result (what impact it had)

Though this sounds simple, I often encounter resumes that list only the Action and fail to mention the Result.

For example, take a look at this accomplishment statement:

Designed and executed a unique pre-sell program for distributors.

This describes what the person did—they designed a new pre-sell program—but what was the Result? Was it successful? Did it actually increase sales?

Now, let’s examine the same statement but add in the Result:

Designed and executed a unique pre-sell program for distributors, which increased product sales by 60% in an eight-month period. 

By adding in the latter part, we’ve created a compelling, succinct accomplishment statement. Now anyone reading your resume will know that this individual can make a positive impact and add value to the workplace, which is what all hiring managers are looking for. 

To get you started writing your own accomplishment statements, follow these steps:

  1. Make a list of each job position you’ve held.
  2. For each position, write your accomplishments, with these tips as a general rule of thumb:
    1. Two accomplishments per year for any job you’ve had in the past five years.
    2. One accomplishment per year for any job you had five to ten years ago.
    3. For any job more than ten years ago, only a few accomplishments are necessary.
  3. Begin each accomplishment statement with an action verb.
  4. When possible, use hard data (numbers, percentages, dollars, etc.) to describe the Result. If your accomplishment doesn’t lend itself to hard data, that’s okay. Still include it. For example: “Created annual community project, resulting in enhanced company image within the community and significant local media coverage.”

Writing the perfect accomplishment statement will raise your resume to the next level. Our Resume and LinkedIn Program is designed to walk you through creating your ideal resume, helping you put your best foot forward in the job market. I hope this blog will help you get started, but if you need a helping hand, we’re here for you.

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Until next time.