Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. They’re the highlights of your best experiences.
To sell yourself to potential employers, you need to identify and describe your accomplishments.
Work–related accomplishments can be hard to recognize, especially when they seem like just part of your job. Here are some tools to help you:
- Describe your accomplishments by using this Identifying Your Accomplishments exercise (PDF).
- Use the STARS technique to describe your accomplishments (PDF).
- Work on writing and strengthening your own accomplishment statements. Start by asking yourself these questions:
- What am I most proud of?
- What do I do better than my co–workers?
- What would my former employers miss most about me?
Strengthening your accomplishment statements
Employers want to know the specifics of your accomplishments. Anything that’s quantifiable (like numbers, dollars or time) or proven (like promotions and awards) strengthens an accomplishment statement.
The bold items in this list are examples of proven or quantifiable accomplishments:
- doubled sales in district territory from $500,000 to $1,000,000 within 2 years
- achieved savings of $70,000 through volume discounts and central co–ordination
- promoted from marketing co–ordinator to marketing manager
- received Employee of the Year award for exceptional performance
- answered 20 customer service calls per day, troubleshooting problems, cutting red tape and making special arrangements that resulted in repeat business
- maintained accurate bookkeeping records and reduced outstanding accounts by 20%