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Every job requires certain work-specific skills. The better you know and can describe your skills, the better your chances of landing the job you want.
Employers look for a wide range of skills. Some skills relate to specific types of work. Others are core skills that you need for every job. If you know your core skills, you can use them to impress potential employers. This will help you land the job you want.
Use this form to write down as many of your own core skills as you can. List any skill that you are able to perform as well as most people. You don’t have to be an expert at something to add it to the list.
Your skills are the things you've learned to do well arising from talent, training, or practice. They are an important part of who you are. According to the experts, the average person has up to 700 skills ready to be used at any time!
What are you good at? See how many skills and talents you have by rating these activities. Then discover the careers that best suit what you can do.
Learn how the 9 types of abilities are defined, where they come from, and how you can use them to spot occupations that might be a good fit for you.
Choose experiences where you did something and were proud of the result. It doesn't matter what anyone else thought about the experience or even if anyone else knew about it. The important thing is that you did it and it made you feel proud.
Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. Employers will be even more impressed by your skills if you describe the positive results you have achieved.
What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments.
A master resumé is a document that gathers all your skills, accomplishments, experience and training in one place making your future work search activities faster and easier.
Build your master resumé with this online template that guides you through everything you need to capture your work history.
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Recognize Your Accomplishments

Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. Employers will be even more impressed by your skills if you describe the positive results you have achieved.

What are accomplishments?

Accomplishments are your successes, large or small, that you’ve earned after you’ve completed an activity. These successes highlight what you can offer. They can be related to work or to other parts of your life, such as at home, at school, or in your community.

Types of accomplishments include:

  • Meeting or exceeding goals
  • Taking on more responsibility
  • Meeting tight deadlines
  • Organizing activities or events
  • Achieving high standards in school or training
  • Accepting leadership roles when asked
  • Receiving recognition or awards
  • Earning bonuses

You will want to focus on your accomplishments in your resumés and cover letters, as well as in job interviews. You could:

  • Describe what happened after you took responsibility for a task
  • Describe how other people’s behaviour changed because of your efforts to motivate them
  • Tell employers about an award you received for good attendance or a good safety record

A great way to describe your accomplishments is with the STARS method (Situation, Task, Action, Result, Skills). Using this method, you can give employers concrete examples of how you solved the kinds of problems they may also be facing.

How to make your accomplishments stronger

To sell yourself to potential employers, you need to identify and describe your achievements. By focusing on specific details, you allow employers to see your success.  

Facts that are quantifiable (like numbers, dollars, or time) or proven (like promotions and awards) will make your successes stronger.

The bold items in these lists show examples of quantifiable or proven successes.

Examples of early career accomplishments

Early in your career, your successes may look something like this.

Quantifiable successes

    • Served 20 customers per hour over the daily lunch rush
    • Organized a neighbourhood garage sale which raised $1,000 for a local library
    • Perfect attendance record in Grade 11
    • No sick days reported over a 6-month period
    • Commended for error-free work for the last 3 months

Proven successes

    • Completed the Food Safety Alberta Certification course
    • Volunteered as assistant coach for a kids’ soccer team that won the league championship

Examples of later career accomplishments

Later in your career, as you have the opportunity to build up more experience, your successes could look something like this.

Quantifiable successes

    • Served up to 12 tables at a time
    • Supervised and trained 10 part-time employees
    • Received an average customer review score of 4.2 stars
    • Achieved savings of $15,000 through volume discounts and central co-ordination
    • Maintained accurate bookkeeping records and reduced outstanding accounts by 15%

Proven successes

    • Promoted from store clerk to store clerk supervisor
    • Received Employee of the Month award for excellent performance
    • Chaired the Health & Safety Committee for our team

List your accomplishments

What have you done that makes you proud? Take some time to write down your accomplishments. Don’t be shy. The more you’ve done, the longer your list will be. Keep the list up to date, as it will be useful for future job searches.

Record them somewhere you won’t lose them. You can write them in a notebook, save them in a document on your device, include them as achievements in your master resumé, or enter them in the form below.

If you’re having trouble thinking of what you’ve achieved, work through this How to Identify Your Accomplishments exercise.


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