5 Basic Types of Resume Accomplishment Statements

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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Comments 4

  1. Nice article – I especially liked the simplicity of creating defining statements. Really like your advice here.

    Thank you Jason. The results statements are my favorite part of resume writing. It’s rewarding to help people see what they have accomplished and then help them share that information with others! Donna

  2. Especially liked the promoted one. Never thought of that. I typically think of, How did you make money, How did you save money, and How did you create a great product / service? Thanks!

    Aidan, Thank you. Donna

  3. can you give examples for a truck driver, janitor/custodian, groundskeeper. thanks. it’s hard to put accomplishments into words on cutting grass or cleaning a toilet, or driving a truck. thanks.


    A truck driver might write about having found ways to reduce time on a route. A janitor might write about having found a fix for a boiler that delayed the need to replace it for three years. A groundskeeper might write about implementing a preventive spraying program that saved thousands of dollars worth of trees. Etc.

    Think, how did I make it happen cheaper/faster/better?


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