Pulling It All Together
Now that you've completed this brainstorming exercise, turn your accomplishments into high-impact statements. Lead with the result, outcome or benefit to your employer. Here are a few examples of how to transform rough notes into accomplishments statements:
- Rough Notes:When I first started, students were passing state exams at the dismal rate of 67 percent. I updated the curriculum and instilled the students with a love of history. By year's end, my students had achieved a 93 percent pass rate.
- Accomplishments Statement:Dramatically increased pass rate of eighth-grade students from 67 percent to a record high of 93 percent on state proficiency testing.
- Rough Notes:I helped migrate more than 1,000 users from local servers to corporate Unix DCS servers. My boss wanted this done in a month, and unbelievably, I achieved this.
- Accomplishments Statement:Integrally involved in seamless migration of 1,000-plus users from various local servers onto DCS corporate UNIX servers in aggressive one-month timeframe.
- Rough Notes:On my first day on the job, I couldn't find anything, because the filing system was a mess. Customers were unhappy, because wait times were long as we located files. I reorganized the filing system, which now works beautifully.
- Accomplishments Statement:Improved office efficiency and customer service by overhauling previously haphazard filing system.
Sometimes it's hard to identify accomplishments. Try asking your supervisor or a colleague to name your top contributions to the team -- others may have an easier time recognizing your value than you. Review your performance evaluations or reference letters, which often include details about your accomplishments. And remember, don't sell yourself short. You may take your accomplishments for granted, but potential employers see past success as an indicator of future performance. Your job search will be more effective if your resume showcases your key accomplishments.