Consider these two statements.

As I mother I am responsible to fed my child and keep her clean and safe.  I cook healthy meals and bath her every day. I invested in top notch products to keep her safe and healthy.

~~ OR ~~

Through engaging with my daughter I noticed the things she was interested in. From there I created fun and interactive learning opportunities which resulted in her learning to recite the full alphabet by the age of 3.

Do you question if the second mother feeds, baths or keeps her child safe?  No, these tasks are easily assumed when visualizing this mother engaging and playing with the happy child.  No matter the experience or skills you are describing – what you choose to focus on makes ALL the difference!

In other words, Don’t be afraid to share your achievements!

 

By definition ACHIEVEMENT means:  “something accomplished, especially by superior ability, special effort or great courage; a heroic deed”.

Even reading this now I shy away from the power of the word in relation to my work experience. But in order to really demonstrate in a resume how we can help a potential employer, we need to think about achievement differently.

When you filter this definition of achievement into a workplace setting – achievements happen weekly, daily or even hourly. Consider the below questions – have you ever:

>> gone above or beyond the requirements of a project or responsibility?

>> initiate an opportunity or new process to help an organization overcome challenges?

>> complete a project within the designated timeframe?

>> created a system to get your work done efficiently?

>> share how to do a certain task with a co-worker?

>> make a mutually-beneficial connection, benefiting your employer or organizational purpose?

 

If yes (and you are awesome so I’m sure it is!), then follow these 5 steps to translate your RESPONSIBLE-FOR resume into an ACHIEVEMENT-FOCUSED resume.

STEP 1: Write a long list of your achievements.

Consider all the ‘responsibilities’ you have and then brainstorm how you actually get them done. When have others recognized you or your work, invited you to a team or asked for your help with a solution? What is it that you deliver to made those tasks more creative, more efficient or more enjoyable? Refer back to the list of questions above if needed.

STEP 2: Compare this list to your current resume.

Does your current resume read more like a job posting? Have you shared clearly the OUTCOMES of your work or only listed what you were responsible or tasked to do?  Here’s an example:

‘I was responsible to answer phone and greet guests’. This does not showcase that you did answer the phone, or that you did it well.

‘Maintain consistent and friendly customer service with all clients and guests, both in person and over the phone; Clients often complimented my customer service skills to my colleagues and my superiors’.  Same experience. Different perspective.

Are you starting to notice the difference???

STEP 3:  Rewrite your ‘responsible-for’ statements into achievement-focused statements.

Achievement-focused statements are action statements. They explain what you have accomplished and what you were recognized for in previous roles. They will also help a potential employer envision you in the role, and what you will deliver to help them.

STEP 4 (optional):  Apply steps 1-3 to your Cover letter

Read more on how to write a winning Cover Letter in this previous blog post.

STEP 5: Submit your application for that next big opportunity with a confident smile!

You’ve Got This!!

 

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