Student Success Centre

Accomplishment Statements

Using accomplishment statements in your resume is an effective way to make you stand out from other applicants. In the past, people simply listed duties and responsibilities of their past work experiences. Today’s employers expect to see skills and results. Highlighting your accomplishments will capture the employer’s attention, showing what you are capable of and “proving” that you can bring value to the organization. While it may be easy to say that you are good at something or have a specific skill – it is important that you provide examples from your previous experiences.

How Do I Write An Accomplishment Statement?

An accomplishment is the action you took and the result that came from it. Accomplishments do not need to be earth-shattering; they may be as simple as an event or achievement which gave you a sense of pride.  Be honest when describing your accomplishments, provide specific examples and whenever possible, quantify them by using numbers (i.e. # of hours saved, amount of money raised).

Step 1:  To begin - think of a time when you:

Step 2:  To organize these experiences into accomplishment statements, use the acronym CAR:

Step 3:  Transfer your accomplishments to your resume by beginning with a Skill Action Verb (e.g. advised, evaluated, and collaborated)

Final tip: Try to vary your approach to Accomplishment statements so that each bullet point does not look or sound the same. Use your creativity, but aim for the same result of “proving” the skills you have included in the Experience section(s) of your resume.

Examples:

Researched and wrote a paper on the effects of cyber bullying on pre-teenagers, and was invited to present findings at a national conference for Safe Schools.
     CHALLENGE/CONTEXT : addressing cyber bullying on pre-teenagers
     ACTION:
researched and wrote.
     RESULT:
invited to present findings at a national conference for safe schools.

Maintained positive client relations and dealt with conflict in a highly professional manner when contacting companies regarding overdue accounts and recovering outstanding debts.
    CHALLENGE/CONTEXT :  overdue accounts and recovering outstanding debts 
    ACTION: contacted companies in a highly professional manner
    RESULT:
maintained positive client relations and dealt with conflict 

Demonstrated initiative to develop a computerized database which saved 4 hours per week from previous method and increased office efficiency.
     CHALLENGE/CONTEXT : needed a computerized database to improve efficiency  
     ACTION: took initiative to develop a database
     RESULT:
saved 4 hours per week