Ideas To Boost Your Resume

New resume accomplishments—yup, your career success stories.

What exactly are career/resume accomplishments and how can you highlight them?

Accomplishments (in context to your management/executive resume, anyway) are simply career successes. In fact, I’ll provide a few examples of professional accomplishments towards the bottom of this article.

We all have them.

You could group 20 managers into a room and learn that all attendees bring different specialties (and achievements) to the interviewing table.

It’s one thing to claim you can do something—it’s another to prove you’ve done it.

Why are resume accomplishments so important?

Detailing professional accomplishments within your resume are advanced strategies for showing potential hiring managers that you’re more than just a “seat warmer,” but someone who knows how to turn challenges into successes. This is the true reason for including accomplishments within your resume. Hiring companies now more than ever want and need professionals who know how to take a sales team and coach its members to improving sales.

Resume core accomplishments primarily focus on several core areas, including these:

  • Sales & Revenue Increases
  • System & Tool Introductions
  • Cost & Overhead Elimination
  • Staff Transformations

Do you want to see an example of how to introduce accomplishments into your resume?

Here Are a Few Resume Accomplishments Ideas & Examples

First, start by writing some of the most obvious job successes you’ve had with each of your most recent employers to help add pizzaz to your updated resume.

For example, maybe you write something like this:

When I joined Salco in the Fall of 2015, the company was a mess. The company had few systems in place, and at first glance, it seemed like the company had way more employees than it should have. So, upon joining the company, I introduced SAP MM and transformed their company inventory and supply chain logistics. This saved the company a lot of money and cut overall warehouse staff.

Now that you have jotted down these rough notes, now it’s time to take the above and transform it into an accomplishment much more appropriate for your resume.

For example, you might write something similar to this:

Introduced SAP MM to Salco in early 2016, which transformed how the company was tracking inventory and supply chain logistics. Cut inventory tracking time by approx. 13.5%, while reducing 9 WHS personnel (8 FTE/1 PTE). Saved an estimated $1.58M in the 12 months through staff reduction and error elimination.

Not bad, right?

Of course, these big “wins” are easy to remember — though might take a bit of legwork to track down specific numbers. This is easier with a present employer, but nowhere near as easy with positions/companies where you no longer have access to benchmark data.

But, let’s say you don’t have any sizable accomplishments in your career.

One of the best ways to still introduce accomplishments into your resume without direct impact is to highlight what you’ve accomplished as part of a team.