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Resume Accomplishments: It’s All Relative

Resume accomplishments, like budget savings, are relative to the job you did and the job you aspire to do.

Resume accomplishments, like budget savings, are relative to the job you did and the job you aspire to do. (by luismi1985, CC3.0)

Do your accomplishments as a team manager stack up to the accomplishments of a Fortune-500 CEO? Sure they do. It’s all relative, said Gary Capone, a recruiter and author of the Palladian Career Resources blog.

He wrote yesterday about identifying impressive accomplishments and cited two resumes he read that day – one from a senior manufacturing executive who saved his company $1.75 million by streamlining labor, the other from an enlisted man in the Navy who saved his more than $7,000 on a single budget item.

The senior executive saved his company nearly $2 million more than the enlisted man. So why did the sailor impress Capone? It’s all relative, he said. It’s relative to the job you did and the job you aspire to.

In your career, you may not have had the opportunity to save millions of dollars. This does not mean you do not have significant accomplishments. Review your background for situations where you were able to make a contribution beyond your basic expectations. These accomplishments could involve saving money, but they could also relate to other aspects of your job. Have you improved a process? Did you help a company become more efficient? Did you do something that elevated customer service levels? There are a wide variety of ways people contribute to their employers. Look for ways you have contributed and highlight these on your resume.

Capone speaks to the concept of the accomplishment-based resume that Resume writers and experts continue tout over the task-based resume of yore.

Two recent job seekers we profiled used a Resume writer to find accomplishments they hadn’t even realized were buried in the details of their career.

  • Gary Hartley,  a quality-assurance executive in the aerospace industry in of Washington state, had improved quality and production everywhere he worked, but his resume didn’t say it. With the help of Kim Mohiuddin, a certified professional resume writer who works with TheLadders, he identified the improvements, explained how he did it and tied them to clear metrics.
  • Jan Baiden, a direct marketing executive, in Chicago, wrote a resume that barely touched on her accomplishments. She worked with Becky Erdelen, also a certified professional resume writer who works with TheLadders, to find and quantify the accomplishments in her career she herself didn’t feel were worth mentioning. Together they found a project Baidedn oversaw that saved her company $200,000.

(Budgets and Resume Accomplishments by luismi1985, CC3.0)

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