Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. These achievements highlight what you can offer.
To sell yourself to potential employers, you need to identify and describe your achievements. Work-related successes can be hard to recognize, especially when they seem like just part of your job. Here are some tools to help you:
- Describe your successes with the Identifying Your Accomplishments exercise (PDF).
- Use the STARS technique to describe your accomplishments (PDF).
- Write down your accomplishments. 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?
Make your accomplishments stronger
Employers want to know the specifics of your achievements. Facts that are quantifiable (like numbers, dollars, or time) or proven (like promotions and awards) will make your successes stronger.
The bold items in this list show proven or quantifiable successes:
- 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 excellent performance
- Answered 20 customer service calls per day, solved problems, cut red tape, and made special arrangements that resulted in repeat business
- Maintained accurate bookkeeping records and reduced outstanding accounts by 20%