Far too often, I come across a resume that reads like a job description. Responsible for this, responsible for that, managed a team, blah, blah, blah, and nothing tells me what they can actually do. Including achievements in your resume is a great opportunity to show the recruiter or hiring manager that you can get the job done and do it well. Many of my clients fight me on this and say things like, “I just did my job” or “I don’t want to brag too much” in which I say, “BULLS$IT!!”. When searching for a job, you have to have a little ego, be boastful about what you have done, even if it’s “just doing your job”.
So, you are probably thinking, “Dianna, that is all great in theory, but I don’t know what to say!” Well, I am here to help you with that. Here is how you can identify and develop your accomplishments for your resume:
1. Brainstorm a list of ideas. Thinking about your time at your job, what are you most proud of? Have you ever received a positive comment from a boss or colleague? Did you ever have a particularly challenging problem that you had to solve? Make a recommendation to improve anything or even did your job better than the person in the cubicle next to you?
2. Now review this list with a focus on the job that you want to apply for. Pick out examples that demonstrate the abilities the job is asking for. For example, maybe this new job wants you to be able to manage a team. Do you have an example of how you coached and developed your direct report, so they received a promotion?
3. Focus on including action verbs, what you specifically did, and quantifiable results. So instead of simply saying, “Managed a team.” You can say “Directed a team of sales representatives, deploying coaching techniques that developed 5 team members to the point of receiving internal promotions.” See the difference?
Talking about your accomplishments is not egotistical or boastful, it’s necessary. Put yourself in your prospective employer's shoes, would you rather hire someone who just merely does their job or someone who can make a difference?
Do you need a little help in identifying and crafting your list of accomplishments? Let’s make time to chat about what you have done. By hearing your stories and asking you specific questions and, I am able to help you see all the amazing things you have done and help you put it together in a way that employers will love!