Why and how to correctly describe your professional achievements

If it seems to you that you do not have and cannot have achievements at work, then you only think. Let’s work together to find something that you can show off on your resume or in an interview.


I am an accountant/engineer/journalist/manager/student. I have no achievements. I don’t understand what to write on my resume or talk about in an interview. And is it necessary?


Needed. Achievements will show a potential employer that you are not just doing your job, but developing the company, leading it to prosperity, setting goals, and achieving them. And he needs this: so that you increase sales, increase the number of visits to the site, speed up processes, invent something, etc.

This data can and should be entered into a resume, cover letter, which will favorably distinguish you from your competitors. They will also come in handy for interviews, especially for job interviews.

Everyone has achievements. You may not get a super list with completed projects, but that doesn’t mean anything – everyone has their own success! You just need to find it and shape it.

Why it might seem like you don’t have achievements

  1. You misunderstand what exactly lies behind the word “achievement”. This is not only flights to the moon or the invention of a cure for all diseases, but a measurable result of your work.
  2. You do not know how and do not set goals in your work, so it is difficult for you to assess whether you have achieved something or not.
  3. You unknowingly underestimate your merits.
  4. You really haven’t accomplished anything in your career. But this is almost impossible. You can always find the information you need.

If you are a cleaner, loader, cashier, driver, that is, your job does not require higher education, you do not need to write achievements. But if you have something to share, don’t miss the opportunity to show your best.

What to do about it

Think about how to measure performance in numbers. Be specific – increased it by 20%, trained 5 managers, wrote 100 articles, attracted 20 new authors for cooperation in 2 months, designed 50 boards, made 208 design cards, and so on. In this case, the units are not important, the main thing is the numbers.

If this is a problem, you find it difficult to measure the result, write the facts, the very essence. For example: organized the transition to electronic document management, discovered a loss – they sold products at prices below cost.

Graduates who get a job for the first time can use examples from personal life or study: study projects, complex coursework or thesis, combining part-time work with studies, internships, etc.

Look for catchy wording, it depends on whether the recruiter pays attention to your resume or cover letter and invites you for an interview.

If the examples did not help, it still seems to you that you still do not have results and successful projects at work, today is the day when you can start implementing them.


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