Some people list achievements at the bottom of each past job. This can make the résumé very long, and in fact, achievements from long-past jobs don’t do much for you.
My suggestion is to have one heading of Significant Achievement and list around four extremely relevant and outstanding achievements.
• Too often applicants list things that are really not ‘achievements’, but are just well-performed duties. E.g., “Gave excellent customer service.”
• Listing duties where the outcome gave you personal satisfaction but did not improve the system. Personal satisfaction is not an indicator of ‘significant’.
• Trivial achievements or achievements that come from lower-level positions that show you are still thinking at this level. Keep your achievements recent.
• Examples from your personal life, regardless of how proud you are of them, will not impress the recruiter, e.g., “Elected captain of the tennis club three years in succession.”
• Vague achievements, e.g., “Ten years of successful negotiations” tell us nothing, even if the skill of negotiation is a key requirement.
• Achievements from past positions where the duties were different and are not relevant to the target position.
• Gaining academic qualifications while working hard in your day job is laudable, but should not be listed as an achievement. Pity!
• Long lists of achievements will not be read, so keep it down to around four items that are absolutely relevant to the target job.
BONUS TIP! When you re-target your résumé for a different job, with different duties and selection criteria, you must edit your list of achievements to ensure they are relevant to the new target job.
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