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Writing an effective resume requires you to transform your job description bullets into accomplishment statements.
A strong accomplishment statement has the following four key elements:
- Starts with a strong verb (e.g., “Designed,” “Created,” “Led,” “Managed,” “Analyzed”)
- Includes an action you took (i.e., what you did) and the result you achieved (i.e., the impact/benefit of your action)
- Begins with your action and ends with your result (unless the result is significant, in which case you should start the bullet with the result)
- Quantifies the result (If there is no quantitative impact, think about qualitative ways to prove the effectiveness of your actions—perhaps by comparing your result to those of previous years or your competitors, or by highlighting the intended impact or explaining the size/scope of the project.)
Questions to Ask Yourself When Writing Accomplishment Statements
- Is the skill/experience I am highlighting relevant to my target audience?
- After reading the bullet, can I answer the “So what?” question? Why did it matter that I took the actions highlighted in the bullet? How can I prove that I did a good job with the responsibilities assigned to me?
Before and After Accomplishment Statements
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