Adding a section of accomplishments to your resume is a great way to demonstrate your greatest achievements and areas of expertise as they relate to the job you’re applying for.
With an accomplishments section, you can demonstrate to employers that you are an achiever, someone who adds value to a company, and someone who goes beyond the basic job duties. Here are some tips for writing an accomplishment section for your resume:
Before writing your resume, spend some time listing all of your work-related accomplishments. Think about the praise you’ve received, awards and promotions you’ve been given, and any special responsibilities you’ve handled. If you’re having trouble thinking of achievements, look back at your past performance evaluations. You might also ask a supervisor or co-worker for ideas.
Focus on the Job You’re Applying For
Look at your brainstorming list, and circle any accomplishments that relate to the job you’re applying for. Look back at the job listing to get a sense of what the employer is looking for in a candidate.
Focus on Results
When you include an accomplishment on your resume, highlight the specific outcome or benefit to your employer. This will show the hiring manager that you can add value to the company.
One way to show you can add value to a company is to include numbers in your list of accomplishments. For example, if you saved a company money, increased sales, improved efficiency, or helped increase clientele, you can express these achievements using numbers.
Use Power Words
Power words are words that stand out (in a good way) to employers. These include specific keywords for skills from the job listing such as wrote, planned, or created, as well as action verbs such as accomplished, designed, or initiated.
Say Something Different
Make sure you don’t simply repeat language from other sections of your resume. In particular, make sure your accomplishments section lists achievements that are different from those you include in your work history section.
This is a sample resume featuring an accomplishments section. You may simply read the sample below or download the Word template by clicking on the link.
Resume Example with an Accomplishments Section (Text Version)
12345 Ghost Street • Gotebo, TX 54321 • (123) 456-7890 • email@example.com
Utilizing creativity, leadership, and teamwork to design and execute solutions
Effective communicator with ability to create marketing materials valuable to both clients and end users.
Key skills include:
- Client relations
- Process improvement
- Project design and management
- Budget planning and development
- Web design
SACKS MEDIA, North, OK
PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER (June 2017—Present)
Design and manage clients’ websites utilizing new search engine techniques to increase customers.
- Helped build company from the ground up.
- Developed and handled marketing campaigns and budgets for a variety of businesses in different industries and markets.
- Extensive experience handling a variety of different clientele through various levels of communication, from college deans to independent contractors.
PARADISE LOST GROUP, Gotebo, TX
MARKETING COORDINATOR (May 2015—May 2017)
Oversaw all marketing efforts, including management of three field representatives.
- Redesigned website to better serve contracted insurance agents.
- Designed presentation materials to better display the value of our product vis-à-vis competitors.
- Used and maintained contact software to organize and manage more than 500 independent agents.
- Analyzed and rewrote procedures/training manuals to improve efficiency.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
GOTEBO UNIVERSITY, Gotebo, TX
Master of Business Administration (Emphasis: Human Resources Management), 2015
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Business Administration (Emphasis: Human Resources Management), 2013