As a salute to Israel’s 60th birthday, here are 60 kinds of achievements that you might not be emphasizing enough on your CV or resume.
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Why is this list important?
To do a great job selling yourself, a resume needs to convince readers that you have the skills needed for their job and the abilities to do it successfully. By highlighting accomplishments using action verbs, you create a proven track record to eliminate all doubt.
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Managed company/department annual/quarterly budget of X (large) amount
Stayed under budget for X quarters/years
Were promoted after only X months in the role
Directed a team/group/organization (something difficult to manage)
Managed a project spanning X countries/continents/employees
Placed employees at X companies
Trained X new employees
Built a new team/division (not just hiring, also managing the workflow) for the company
Redesigned and implemented more effective company procedures which e.g. decreased time-to-market by X amount/%
Met deadlines consistently
Reined in rollercoaster project X
Supervised large/complex project in attaining goal X
Grew customer base by X amount/%
Grew donor base by X amount/%
Multiplied donations by X amount/%
Cut costs by X amount/% within Y amount of time
Launched X new websites/products/campaigns
Increased portfolio earnings by X amount/%
Integrated an extremely complex system for the company
United multiple teams post-merger
Finished sales quota X amount of time early
Reduced client/reader attrition by X amount/%
Met X national/global/industry standard within Y amount of time
Streamlined team/department operations
Improved ties with country/industry association/union
Boosted earnings by X amount/%
Implemented a service level agreement
Won X number of cases (for a lawyer)
Published X articles/white papers/reports/books
Received X award/designation
Won X award/competition for Y consecutive years
Attained X certification
Finished in the top X percentile of your class/course
Reached X objective(s) every quarter for Y quarters in a row
Reached X objective(s) faster than competitor (internal/external)
Discovered X new drugs/species/trends
Coined well-known buzzword or industry term
Created X program/course/methodology
Founded X company/non-profit/association/club
Solved X disputes (for a negotiator)
Resolved X internal conflicts
Hold world/Olympic record
Climbed X number of mountains
Coached X teams to trophy/championship/1st place in league
Received score of X (high) on known customer satisfaction survey/poll
Received score of X (high) on standardized testing/exam
First person to achieve X (or led first team to achieve X) internally/externally
Something you created won an award/was a bestseller/fan favorite
Voted best/most something by association/club/group
Featured in website/magazine/newspaper/book
Held a perfect attendance record
Introduced company products to X new markets
Audited X number of clients in only Y amount of time
Piloted X program with a Y % participant completion rate
Advanced (non-profit) organization policy
Fixed X amount / % of bugs in company software/open-source project
Presented at well-known conference/seminar/workshop
Did something that was viewed/used by many people
Achieved/Surpassed company/team goal of doing X by Y amount / %
Be prepared to explain how you achieved your results, how an award was decided, etc. For example, numbers in particular give more credibility to your statements but only use them if you can explain how they were measured.
Using this list of accomplishments ideas should help you avoid making ambiguous statements where trust is required but not easily acquired, such as in a job interview.
How to use this list
Bookmark this article for when you’re updating your resume and need some good resume words.
Copy the list into your resume-writing software such as Microsoft Word.
Delete all the lines that don’t apply to your experience.
Elaborate on the lines you do keep. Many of the expressions should be followed with a “by…” or “using…”.
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