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
- 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 these 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.
- 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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