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Make Your Resume Remarkable With These 20 Accomplishment Examples

I’ve been writing a lot lately about how important it is for job seekers to demonstrate their value to potential employers—by using a career summary instead of a resume objective, for example. Orienting application materials towards an employer’s needs instead of your own personal goals is a good way to get noticed.

To make a resume really stand out, though, there’s another essential strategy that should be in play: the practice of including resume accomplishments as opposed to job duties. Anyone can rattle off lists of things they did in a position, such as “answered telephones,” “filed documents,” or “prevented children from self-destructing.” What takes a little more effort is articulating your work history in terms of value. Go back through your previous jobs and ask yourself:

  • How much money did I save the company?
  • What resources did I maximize?
  • How quickly did I achieve my team’s goals?

Once you identify the accomplishments to highlight, it’s simply a matter of phrasing. Here, split into two handy categories, are 20 accomplishment examples to make a resume marvelous instead of “meh.”

Category 1: Fully Assembled

1. Grew donor base by 40% over 5 years.

2. Secured $275,000 in grants from 15 funding organizations for environmental education deliverables.

3. Led team of 5 marketing professionals in producing tailored campaigns for 18 clients.

4. Managed 50 total volunteers for 4 fundraising luncheons.

5. Cut costs by 20% by maximizing existing partnerships.

6. Rescued 13 people in distress from 3 different burning buildings.

7. Raised $5,000 through Irish sports fundraising auction.

8. Saved company $20,000 over 2 years by streamlining permitting process.

9. Produced 4 short films for annual Seattle International Film Festival.

10. Coordinated travel arrangements for 6 executive-level employees.

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Category 2: Fill in the Blank

1. Completed X number of training hours to receive Y certification/license.

2. Presented X number of campaign proposals to marketing team.

3. Prevented X number of attacks on New York City after being frozen in ice for Y number of years.

4. Saved X number of dollars by refining Y process and communicating with Z stakeholders.

5. Completed project X in Y months ahead of schedule.

6. Cultivated X number of corporate sponsorships.

7. Raised X amount of dollars through Y number of direct appeal campaigns.

8. Established partnerships with X number of organizations to execute Y event/project/campaign.

9. Crafted X number of email marketing campaigns to reach Y number of potential customers.

10. Trained X number of employees over Y number of years.

Although you’re definitely more than just a number, quantifying your resume accomplishments for an employer is one of the best ways to advance in a hiring process. Try a few of these out in your next application and show companies what you can do for them!

See also:

12 Accomplishments to Help You Write Your Best Resume

8 Resume Accomplishments to Make You Stand Out

10 Resume Accomplishment Samples

Resume Templates to Highlight Your Accomplishments

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2 thoughts on “Make Your Resume Remarkable With These 20 Accomplishment Examples”

  1. Please kindly help me modify by curriculum vitae.i have been applying for jobs now and all to no avail.

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