In CV 101, we went through how to write our Education and Work Experience. Today we look at how to include Achievements in your CV.
You may be wondering ‘do I really have achievements?’ and the answer is YES you do! Other than your normal day to day duties, any positive contribution/change/impact/improvement that you have made is an achievement.
Duties help a recruiter understand what exactly your role entails while achievements show your ability to complete and even go above and beyond your normal duties. Are we together? Yes! Ok.
We often list our responsibilities and forget to include our achievements, I know I did! Anyone can be assigned responsibilities but not everyone can actually make a significant improvement in their careers or where they have worked. A list of achievements on your CV is a great way of making your CV stand out from all the rest.
Where to Start
In writing your achievement you should ask yourself ‘What did I do?’ and ‘What was the end result (qualitatively/quantitatively)?’
What did I do? Assisted in debt collection
What was the end result (quantitative)? Reduced the company’s debt status by 20%
Assisted in debt collection reducing the company’s debt status by 20%
What did I do? Involved in actualization of a new system
What was the end result (qualitative)? Improved efficiency through better record management and faster processing of customer transactions
Involved in actualization of a new system which improved efficiency through better record management and faster processing of customer transactions
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Example of how your achievements section should look like
- Assisted in debt collection reducing the company’s debt status by 20%
- Involved in actualization of a new system which improved efficiency through better record management and faster processing of customer transactions
- Employee of the Year, 2014
Where to place your achievements
In my opinion, there are two areas to place your achievements
- If you have more years of experience and have made significant achievements in the places you have worked, you could include this after your list of duties/responsibilities. You can list about 4 significant areas that you contributed to.
- In the beginning of your CV after your Personal Details and Career Summary. Here you can chose your major achievements indicating where this was done
Example: Assisted in debt collection reducing the company’s debt status by 20% while working at Marketing Society of Kenya
Points to Note
- The achievements should be relevant to the job and portray a positive image of you. An award for being the best dancer at a competition in your neighborhood bar is obviously may not relevant to your corporate job
- Remember to be honest, do not feel the need to exaggerate.
- Keep track of your achievements and update them regularly
This could be most challenging part of your CV but do not undermine your chances of getting invited to an interview, include your achievements! 🙂