Highlighting Accomplishments on Resumes

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Resume should highlight your achievements, and our expert is here to show you how to best display your accomplishments in this free job hunting video.

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Hi! My name is Tina Buechler from Business Growth Training on behalf of expertvillage.com. In this clip, I want to talk about accomplishment statements. Accomplishment statements make up the most of your resume. They are the information that an employer really, really want to know. What they focus on is what you have done in the past and what was the result. So, when you had a job, you had a certain list of tasks or projects to do. What were those projects, what did you do, and what were the results? It’s creating one lined statements that focus on, the situation tasks: What was your job? Action: What did you do? Result: What was the outcome? Specifically on your resume, you want to focus on the positive outcome, but you also need to focus for the purposes later of an interview of things that didn’t go well and what are the things that you did to fix that. Accomplishment statements are fundamental, they tell an employer, why should I hire this person. What are the skills this person brings to the table? Many employers use what we call behavioral based interviews. Behavioral based interviews are based on past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. On your resume, your major marketing brochure, you want to make sure you include those kinds of activities that you did in the past that had the greatest impact or the greatest positive result for your previous employer. If you focus on this area, you give more reason for that perspective interviewer to call you in for that interview. That is this goal of your resume. Your résumé’s goal is to generate enough interest that you get called in for an interview. Accomplishment statements are fundamental tool to generate interest. An employer wants to know, indeed what did you do and how did you accomplish that kind of result, and better yet, how can you do that for me.

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