What Accomplishments to Put on Your Resume

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Some people have an inborn inclination to crow about their accomplishments. For others, modesty comes more naturally, and when asked to create a list of accomplishments, they don’t even know where to start. If you’re having trouble discerning which accomplishments to share with a potential employer, try the following:

Write down everything you accomplished at your last job

Think of achievements that show a direct benefit to your employer or that demonstrate positive qualities. Whenever possible, aim for quantifiable achievements, like safety records, dollar amounts you contributed to the bottom line through a sale or cost-cutting initiative, or growth in an important metric.

Think outside the box

Not all accomplishments create revenue. Sometimes consistently meeting deadlines and staying within your budget are worthy of mention for the discipline and reliability they demonstrate.

Find examples of leadership

Think about times when you did something that no one else could have done, or when your involvement in a project altered its direction in a positive way. Even if the extent of your contribution was making a suggestion that someone else went on to implement, the fact that you generated the idea still holds weight.

Look for times when you were a part of essential projects

Even if your role in a project wasn’t a leading one, demonstrating that you can pull your weight as part of a team entrusted with a critical task makes for an impressive accomplishment.

Identify contrasts

If you outperformed coworkers or your predecessor, this bears mentioning as an accomplishment, particularly if you can quantify the difference. Outperforming yourself by demonstrating growth from year to year also shows what you can accomplish.

Ask others

Your coworkers and previous supervisors may be able to shed additional light on your accomplishments. Sometimes they recognize important contributions you may have made without realizing it.

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