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By now you probably have a fairly good understanding of how to format your Resume to make sure it is screen proof, what keywords to include and how to present your qualifications and employment experience to ensure it captures the reader’s attention. But what if I were to ask you if you had listed some key achievements or accomplishments for each position you have had?

Achievements or accomplishments are almost always overlooked by jobseekers on their Resumes. This is usually because the majority of jobseekers believe they haven’t achieved anything worth mentioning on their Resumes. With proper guidance and thought, you will find that you have accomplished more than you think throughout your career and may even surprise yourself!

Why are achievements or accomplishments so important?

Accomplishments and achievements add extra value to your Resume by demonstrating what you have done well and are proud of in your career. They help you stand out from your competition and give the Recruiter/Employer a great sense of who you are as an employee, what you have done for previous employers and what you can do for them and their organisations.

Where to start?

It is important to spend lots of time considering achievements/accomplishments that you want to list on your Resume. Start by going through your day to day duties and think about when you first commenced in your role until now. How have things changed? What have YOU done to make things better/easier/faster/safer etc.? What are some things you are proud of? When did you feel really good in your role and why? Write everything down on a piece of paper as they come to you and then number them in order of importance.

For each position listed on your Resume, try to list between 3-5 key achievements. This can be anything from awards or certificates you have received; a process or system that you implemented that had beneficial outcomes for the company; commendations you have received etc.

How to structure an achievement.

An achievement should be clearly structured with a beginning, middle and an end or result that clearly depicts what difference was made. They should also be quantified as much as possible by adding in $ values, % and numbers. For example, if a Health, Safety and Environmental Officer wrote the achievement ‘Implemented best practice solutions, systems and procedures’ on his/her resume this does not tell me much – I would want to know more, such as what did this do? What was the result?….. and this is exactly what Recruiters and Employers want to see.

Now, if this achievement was re-written in the following way, ‘Implemented best practice solutions, systems and procedures resulting in 100% improved hazard and near miss reporting in the last 2 years, across 3 Mine sites’, you can clearly see how much more this tells the reader. Now I know exactly what this person did (Implemented best practice solutions, systems and procedures), what the result was and by how much (100% improved hazard and near miss reporting), in what time frame (in the last 2 years) and where in the organisation did this happen (across 3 Mine sites).

Referring to Achievements in an interview:

Well-written and structured achievements will enable you to capture the reader’s attention. As a result, such achievements will generally be referred to and elaborated on by Recruiters/Employers during an interview. This will give you the opportunity to explain in more detail what you did, how you did it, what the outcome was and ultimately, why you are the perfect candidate for the job!



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