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How to Create an Achievement Resume

By Susan Ireland

Sometimes saying less is better than saying more.

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Frequently a few strong accomplishments can generate more questions and interest than a page full of details.

The achievement resume incorporates this concept by focusing on brevity and simplicity.

Replace Duties with Achievements in Your Resume

If you were an employer, what three questions would you ask a job candidate? Probably something like:

Tell the employer “Yes” to all three questions by writing about achievements instead of job duties on your resume. Accomplishment statements are the most powerful way to say "I'm good at what I do!"

Here are some questions to help you think of relevant achievements:

[Read Achievements Triple the Value of Your Resume for more information.]

Creating Your Achievement Resume

An achievement resume looks like a functional resume except that it does not have skill headings in the body of the resume. Instead it simply lists about five or six relevant achievements under a main heading such as “Professional Accomplishments” or “Selected Achievements.”

This type of resume works well for sales professionals, top level executives, and others who want to keep the spot light on just a few successes from their whole career.

Here’s a template that represents an achievement resume:

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20xx-present Job Title Organization, City, State
20xx-xx Job Title Organization, City, State
19xx-xx Job Title Organization, City, State
19xx-xx Job Title Organization, City, State


Degree, Major (if relevant), 19xx
School, City, State

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Susan Ireland is the author of four job search books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume. For more information about writing your resume, read Susan's books or visit Susan's website