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Listing Your Accomplishments/Achievements in Your Resume

Since your resume serves only as a synopsis of your accomplishments, you won’t be able to include everything you’ve ever done. However, it is important that you identify all your achievements that can be substantiated and are important to your future employer.

Below are a several suggestions that you may find useful when noting your achievements:
  • An exercise that hones in on your accomplishments is the PAR formula. PAR stands for problem, action, and result. Using the PAR formula will help you identify achievements you want to include on your resume.

    Take the time to reflect on your experiences and using the PAR formula, jot down every accomplishment you have for each job you’ve held. For example, are you a sales professional who increased profits? If so, how did you do it, and how much did profits increase?

    Alternatively, you may be a customer representative who has the ability to diffuse escalating issues with clients. Can you give an example that illustrates this talent, perhaps with a big-name client or a “reoccurring” problem you solved?

  • Another way to determine which accomplishments should be included on a resume is by examining your performance reviews. Take note of the comments your manager made and the achievements upon which he/she focused. Chances are, if your current manager was impressed by a specific accomplishment, your next employer may also be impressed.  
  • Once you have written all of your accomplishments, select those that had quantifiable results, and prioritize them in order of importance to the position you are seeking. 
    Select those that had an impact on:
    - revenue
    - profits      
    - efficiency      
    - product/services development or enhancement
    - technological advancements (i.e. new technologies you introduced in the departments you managed)
    - employee empowerment, morale, development, effectiveness, or team relations      
    - customer relations, acquisition and retention
You can also include accomplishments in your cover letter. So if you find that you have many accomplishments, you can make mention of some of them in the cover letter. However, keep in mind that your resume should contain the accomplishments of which you are most proud, while the cover letter should contain supplemental accomplishments that may be of interest to the hiring decision maker.