Should you Highlight Accomplishments on a Resume?

It’s important to share your accomplishments on your resume, and cover letter, and of course, speak to them during your interview. Hiring managers want to know that you are capable of successfully accomplishing goals. Accomplishments also help to show that you are results driven. Being able to highlight accomplishments is a very important part of the application and interview process.

Consider the job description and position requirements when deciding what accomplishments to include in your professional profile. You should try to think outside of the box here if you are changing industries. For example, if you managed an event from start to finish, this is a form of project management, so you could include a successful event on a resume for a project manager position.  Select some of your accomplishments that are most relevant and would be most impressive to employers. If this is your first professional position, then you can include accomplishments such as your GPA, awards you received in school, or any accolades from teachers.

Accomplishments are best explained through measurable results. For example, don’t just say “I exceeded quota;” say, “I achieved 110% of quota.” Providing specific examples will make your accomplishments sound more impressive, and it shows that you are results-oriented. Be careful not to exaggerate your accomplishments either.

Unless it’s directly related to the position, you should avoid political or religious accomplishments. Be careful to include relevant examples from your career first, and then include education, volunteer experience, or sports if the professional experience is not sufficient. You should also be cautious not to share any sensitive data from your previous company, especially if you are applying with a competitor. Don’t share any confidential or private information.

When used correctly, accomplishments on your resume, cover letter, and interview conversations will help set you apart from the rest of the applicants!

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