Skip to the main content
This website uses cookies to give you a better online experience. By using this website or closing this message, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. More information
Alberta Supports Contact Centre

Toll Free 1-877-644-9992

Alert

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted legislation and services. Information on this website may not reflect the current situation in Alberta. Please visit alberta.ca for up-to-date information about these impacts.

Set your job search up for success by following these tips for staying organized and in control throughout the process.
It’s a good idea to set up an email account specifically for work search.
Wherever you go online—using email, instant messaging, your website, your blog or your social networking website—you leave a footprint. When using the Internet for your work search, take precautions against potential risks.
The better you can describe your skills and accomplishments, the stronger the impression you’ll make on potential employers.
Knowing how to identify and market your employability skills will help you impress potential employers and improve your chances of landing the job you want.
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.
Volunteering can give you a chance to build your experience and skills and demonstrate your employability.
To find work that’s the best fit for you, you’ll need to understand your work preferences. These preferences will reflect your most important skills, interests, and values.
If you’re not sure what jobs you want to do or which occupations are a good fit for you, a little research can uncover new or promising prospects. This way you can focus your work search on what really interests you.
Architect in an office looking at a wooden model of a building
Look For Work
A A

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.

 

Was this page useful?
Top