Improve Your Résumé By Focusing On Your Achievements
The Importance Of Balancing The Facts And Achievements In A Résumé
It is easy to forget what you achieved and how much your achievements can help you when searching a new job. Is it because you are not feeling too good about yourself?
Maybe you are anxious because you are applying for your first job, or you have been unemployed for a long time. This can happen to all of us but is important to recognize the symptoms if you are playing down your achievements.
It is important that the information in your résumé to be divided as closely as possible to the middle. Half of your information should consist of jobs, education, dates, contact details, and the other half should list your achievements, promotions and personal development.
The majority tends to focus more on “names, dates and figures” rather than on achievements because they are easier to remember, modesty, and the fact that writing them does not take so much thinking.
But bear in mind that a professional résumé exists to tell the recruiter what you have achieved until now, so your personal achievements are significant. Everybody has achievements; it is just that they are harder to remember.
For those of you who have a hard time remembering your achievements, here is a list of possibilities:
- Stayed under budget for X years/quarters
- Have been promoted after only X months on the job
- Winning a league, a race, being captain of a sports team
- Increased level figures with X%
- Received X award/certification
- Increased customer satisfaction with X%
- Have been part of a team that…(write what did your team do)
- Employee of the month
- Running a marathon or other competitive running competition
- Improving efficiency of X system in the organization
- Long periods without absence from work
- Gaining qualifications (others than your education)
- Grew customer base with %
- Met deadlines consistently
- Trained X employees/students/volunteers
- Launched X campaigns/products/services
- Founded X company/club/association/non-profit
- Reached X objective(s) faster than competitors
Do not forget to be prepared of explaining how an award was decided and how you achieved your results. Numbers, in particular, will give more credibility to your statements, but if you do not know how they have been measured do not include them.