Are you struggling with your resume? Is it hard to remember what you have accomplished?
Here are five basic types of accomplishment statements to get you started:
1. You increased revenue.
- Designed a retailer display that increased product placements and resulted in eight-percent annual sales growth.
- Worked with distributors to identify under-performing retailers for inclusion in new marketing program. Resulted in increased product placements and eight-percent annual sales growth.
2. You decreased expenses.
- Wrote RFP for new telecom service provider. Resulted in improved user features and four-percent cost decrease.
- Analyzed responses to RFP for new telecom provider. Identified three vendors for on-site interviews. Contributed to change that resulted in four-percent annual expense decrease.
3. You made something happen faster.
- Led collaborative review and restructuring of delivery routes that enabled drivers to reach major customers 30 minutes earlier each day.
- Contributed GIS expertise to team that reviewed and restructured delivery routes. Accelerated drivers’ deliveries to major customers by 30 minutes per day.
4. You made something better.
- Established relationship manager, single point of contact program for internal customers. Resulted in improved service and 15% bump in Net Promoter Score.
- Assigned to work with Purchasing as their single point of contact in Accounting. Automated preparation of three “shadow system” reports that had previously required 10 hours of staff time per week.
5. You were promoted.
- Promoted from Manager to Director.
Ask yourself, “What role did I play, either as the lead or as a team member, in making my company more money or in making operations cheaper, faster, or better?”
You’ll almost invariably come up with some good answers and some great resume fodder!
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Updated June 2017
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