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STEP FOUR: Accomplishments and
There is no data on your resume more important than
your accomplishments. Why? Think of it this way: youíre
a hiring manager with one position to fill and 10 qualified
candidates clamoring for the position. Each candidate
has the same basic educational and professional background.
So, who gets the job? The candidate who contributed the
most at past positions.
Accomplishments are all that separate you from other equally
qualified candidates, with one caveat. Your accomplishments
must be quantified.
What is an Accomplishment?
Increasing the companyís
bottom line (i.e. facilitating its growth)
Company- or industry-sponsored
What is not an Accomplishment?
- Daily responsibilities that are included in your job
- Regular attendance at work
- Getting along with co-workers
- Working full-time while going to college at night
- Volunteer or community service unless it has a direct
bearing on your job search
In other words, an accomplishment is service that goes
beyond your usual job description. But for an accomplishment
to have the most effect, it must be quantified
Special Skills should always be presented up-front so that
a hiring manager knows what you can do. In some instances,
a special section (i.e. Computer Skills, Languages, Office
Procedures, etc.) should be created to showcase these special
Special skills will include:
- Computer proficiencies
- Office procedures (i.e. answering multi-lined phone
systems, taking dictation (include speed), transcription,
typing (include speed), 10-key, etc.)
- Linguistic capabilities (i.e. fluency in a foreign language,
ability to translate, etc.)
- Any skill thatís industry-specific for the job youíre
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