Sample Resume With a Section on Accomplishments

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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.

Read below for tips on adding an accomplishments section to your resume, and see a sample resume with an accomplishments section.

Here are some tips for writing an accomplishment section for your resume.

Brainstorm

Before writing your resume, spend some time listing all of your work-related accomplishments. Think about 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 coworker 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.

Include Values

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 keywords from the job listing as well as action verbs.

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 than those you include in your work history section.

Resume Example with an Accomplishments Section

Christopher Applicant

12345 Ghost Street  •  Gotebo, TX 54321  •  (123) 456-7890  •  christopher.applicant@email.com

MARKETING ENTREPRENEUR

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
  • Forecasting
  • Project design and management
  • Budget planning and development
  • Web design

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SACKS MEDIA, North, Okla.

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER (June 2017—Present)

Design and manage clients’ websites utilizing new search engine techniques to increase customers.

Notable accomplishments:

  • 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, Texas

    MARKETING COORDINATOR (May 2015—May 2017)

    Oversaw all marketing efforts, including management of three field representatives.

    Notable Accomplishments:

    • 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, Texas

    Master of Business Administration (Emphasis: Human Resources Management), 2015

    UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst, Mass.

    Bachelor of Business Administration (Emphasis: Human Resources Management), 2013