Does Your Resume Highlight Your Best Achievements?

Your resume should give your employers a comprehensive list of information about you: where you live, what you studied in school and the titles of the jobs you’ve held until now. These are all important data points that can help hiring managers make a decision; after all, the hiring manager likely has a pile of resumes to sort through and will only look deeper into yours if you check certain boxes.

But your resume can do much more than simply listing your past experiences. If your resume can shine a light on your most important achievements and describe how you are the perfect fit for the job, you’ll be able to step out of the clutter and differentiate yourself from your competition. Here’s how to make this happen.

Explain your responsibilities, but don’t stop there.

Under each former job title and employer, briefly describe your most important responsibilities, but use the space wisely. Don’t waste ink discussing responsibilities that are obvious or unimpressive. For example, if you worked in customer service, skip the phrase “Helped customers daily” on your resume. Focus instead on the tricky problems you resolved, the conflicts you negotiated and the damaged relationships you saved.

Quantify your accomplishments.

Showing numerical accomplishments on your resume gives potential employers a sense of the value you can bring to their business. If you put in extra effort and your sales contributions are noteworthy, say so. Use numbers and quantities such as the revenue you generated, a percentage to reflect the changes you made or the swift timeline of your achievements.

If you did something remarkable, set it apart.

If you won a company award or achieved a well-known and respected milestone in your industry, don’t let this detail get lost in the weeds. Set it apart by placing it on its own line, with its own bullet point or under its own subheading like Awards or Special Accomplishments. It’s easy for employers to skim over resumes and miss critical career moments that might instantly improve your status as a candidate.

Be honest, but not self-effacing.

The truth of what you’ve accomplished is what you want to convey to employers. Don’t lie or exaggerate your accomplishments, but make sure you’re not being too modest. In your written document, under the pressure of limited space, don’t qualify your accomplishments – just come right out and state what you did. If you replaced the entire accounting system with a new software platform and you did it within two weeks single-handedly, just say so.

As the first point of impression in the interview process, having a resume that lands the attention of potential employers is crucial. For more on how to create a resume that grabs attention and lands interviews, turn to the recruiting team at Executive Alliance.

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