Turning Your Duties Into Resume Accomplishments

February 14th, 2014

Have you ever struggled with your resume? Are you looking for ways to make it more memorable and to stand out from the crowd? There are so many articles that provide resume advice it is difficult to know where to start. The current trend for resumes is to avoid a laundry list of duties and instead showcase your career accomplishments. But how exactly do you do this? Here are some simple tips for turning your duties into accomplishments on your resume.

  • Start by understanding the difference. In the most basic way a duty is what you did and an accomplishment is how you did it. For a resume you want to avoid statements like, “Produced excel spreadsheets for the department.” Instead, replace it with a statement that emphasis how this was particularly helpful or effective for your company. “Developed a spreadsheet report that tracked the department spending and saved over $20,000 for the company in 2012.”
  • Create a list of what sets you apart. Now is the time to ask yourself the questions that will drill down to your accomplishments. How did you go above and beyond? How did you stand out from your coworkers? What kind of recognition or awards did you receive? Were you responsible for any new processes? Did you save the company money? What problems were you able to solve?
  • Quantify the information as much as possible. Now, take this list and add in as many data and numbers as possible. You want to show exactly how much money you saved or how many awards you received. Add percentages to show how much time you dedicated to a specific problem and how it was solved. Be as specific as possible. It is okay to estimate as long as you can justify your numbers in an interview.
  • Now describe the benefit of your efforts. Things that set you apart and the numbers that quantify them are very important but there is a third step. Now you need to show a new employer why your accomplishments are a benefit. Add not only how much money you saved but how those savings benefited your former employer and how, by hiring you, the same can happen for them.

Do you have more questions about preparing a winning resume? If you are looking for jobs in Houston Texas, Meador Staffing can help you today! 

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