Key Achievements


To talk about achievement, in the context of developing a resume, is to refer to success in an activity to which effort has been dedicated. In this post we will explain how to recognize a key achievement and how to state it correctly in order to stand out from the rest of the candidates for a position.

What is an achievement?

The term achievement means "achievement of what is intended; gain; profit; success". It expresses the ability or the result of achieving what is intended or desired.

How to identify an achievement?

  • Did you help save time, increase productivity or reduce costs?
  • Did you manage special projects or assignments?
  • Did you receive any recognition for having reached or exceeded any goal?
  • Were you congratulated for your performance for having solved problems that others failed to solve, or for having faced complexes that others could not?

Why listing our professional achievements on resume?

An expert recruiter knows in advance the responsibilities associated with each position. What is unknown is the result you obtained. Therefore, instead of listing "I was responsible for ..." or "I was responsible for ... " list your professional achievements. That is the best way to get the recruiter's attention and differentiate yourself from the rest of the candidates. The logic is very simple: Achievements are good predictors of good future performance. Recruiters often think: " If this candidate had the ability to achieve something important in the past, it's very likely that he can get it again in the future job ." An Impact Curriculum is one that, instead of describing responsibilities, exposes the positive results that the candidate obtained.

How to write your key achievements effectively?

1. List the outstanding facts that are a source of professional pride

During our professional development, we tend to accumulate significant stages that can be worth recognition of our peers, our superiors or our own personal satisfaction. Therefore, introduce yourself to a new job showing in your resume your key achievements or the outstanding facts that validate you in the position.

Here are some ideas that will allow you to remember your professional achievements:

  • You increased sales.
  • You optimized the productivity of the area.
  • You solved complex problems.
  • You created, reorganized or established a procedure or system (new forms, standards, manuals, flowcharts, etc.) that has helped save time, increase productivity or reduce costs;
  • You obtained distinctions and recognition for goals achieved.
  • You were in charge of special projects such as the coordination of conferences or exhibitions; analysis of some system or program,
  • You were congratulated for your performance on special occasions, such as having solved problems that others didn't know how to solve, having faced difficult situations that others did not want to face, etc.

2. Give a structure to the statement of your achievement

2.1 Begin by asking yourself How would you summarize the result?

An achievement is not the result of chance or chance. For each achievement you listed, identify the action that best summarizes it. Discard passive verbs such as "I participated in ..." or "I helped ..." or "I was responsible for ...". Instead, use action verbs. They describe your ability to carry out a task (lead, create, save, build, communicate, improve, to name a few). Here you will find a list of action verbs .

Starting the phrase using an action verb impacts from the beginning and helps the reader immediately understand your input.

Examples of result summary:

  • I increased sales.
  • I reduced operating costs.
  • I led a team.

2.2 What size were your results?

An outstanding achievement such as influencing profits, sales, reducing expenses or more should be quantified with percentages and amounts. This will attract the attention of recruiters and they will be able to verify that your actions generated positive results worthy of a distinction.

Examples of statements of magnitudes:

  • I increased sales by $ 4 Million .
  • I reduced operating costs by 15% .
  • I led a team of 18 people.

2.3 Give context to achievement

To give more value to the specific fact, it should be contextualized with more information that describes it completely. You can indicate, for example, when the achievement was achieved, the final purpose, the tools you used or the strategies you used.

Context examples:

The following are examples for how you can express your career achivement through your resume.

  • I increased sales by $ 4 Million in the first quarter of 2018 by improving the prices of our services through the creation of two differentiated proposals.
  • I reduced Operating costs by 15% by eliminating unnecessary processes .
  • I led a team of 18 people to deploy the new Corporate Billing System .

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