In a previous post we talked about the importance of ACHIEVEMENTS. An achievement is similar to an accomplishment, in other words, it is thinking about what you have done in the past and provides value or solutions to your employer.
It’s simple: you did it before, you can do it again, and, maybe, you have the solution for the potential employer’s problems. Maybe you are “the one” they have been looking for. If you are, you may get that opportunity that you want so much.
We shared with you some questions to help you think about what you have done so that you can present your achievements to your potential employers as you put together your resume. We also promised that we would show you how to turn them into achievements.
Let’s look again at each one of those questions.
· Start each sentence with an action verb in past tense. You already did it.
· Quantify your achievements. Employers value numbers.
· Use different verbs. Show your vocabulary.
· Include the result or benefit. Employers will pay you to get or do something.
· Decide which ones are more important for the position that you want. Put those at the top.
Your past achievements will help you to create a new future.
It all starts with you
Are you ready to show your achievements in your resume?
Are you getting ready to enter the workforce? How about a career change after many years working for different companies? Is it time to do something else?
Many questions. Lots of information to process. Multiple well-intended friends and relatives suggesting what you should do. But, where do you start?
The answer may surprise you. It all starts with you.
Before answering that first job posting or sending that e-mail to your friend who may know about a job opening, you need to do some serious thinking about what you have done and what you want to do in the future. You need to know as much as you can about the product that you will be presenting to the job market and that product is simply YOU.
Future employers want to know what you have done in the past because, very likely, you will be able to do the same for them.
In these days, accomplishments are the most relevant, most significant, or, the centerpiece of resumes. People want to know what you have done and in what you have succeeded. So, let’s take a look at what you have done so far, or, your achievements. Here are some questions to start your thinking process. .
· How many whatevers did you sell?
· How did you save your company money?
· What problem did you help to solve?
· What new ideas did you bring to your team?
· How did you lead others?
· What projects did you complete?
· Which processes did you redesign?
These are some areas in which you may have contributed to your company and, by doing so, may be ready to contribute in similar ways somewhere else.
In our next blog post we will share how to turn answers to these questions into achievements so that you can begin to build the document that will help you to open doors: the resume.