Best Practice: Half and Half! If you have three bullets, incorporate at least one achievement statement. If you have five bullets, incorporate at least two achievement statements.
You MUST refrain from presenting your resume like a job description. It must HOOK the reader in and provide them with a behavioral understanding of HOW you provided value to your position, and overall to the organization. Your resume always needs A.I.R.! –> Action, Impact, Result!
Here are some examples of achievement statements Resumes Right Away! has incorporated into their own client resumes:
- Conceived, developed and implemented strategic social and multi model media outreach campaigns targeting student volunteers effectively reaching a population of over 65,000; outreach efforts resulted in a 700 percent professional volunteer rate increase and successfully attracted and placed 8 percent of the marketed parent/student population
- Devised corporate policy/guidance for the Commanding General; successfully secured mobilizations of 32 personnel valued at $3.46M in funding, authored mobilization strategy affecting 244 personnel, and met operational and organizational objectives in deployed locations with zero adverse impact to local day-to-day operations
- Increased sales volume and profitability by over 33% in first year of ownership through effective management and financial controls; engaged in new business contracts, negotiating sales and purchasing orders
- Fostered a teamwork/open-door environment conducive to positive dialogue across the organization. Personal efforts were cited as the driving force behind department’s employee-retention rate of 85% within an industry where high turnover is the norm
- AT&T Wireless Circle of Excellence Award Winner, 1999; redesigned an HR performance tracking program that resulted in a more that 30% increase in employee productivity and company-wide implementation; managed and designed organizational programs; devised and executed HR-focused employee reward and disciplinary processes
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