Your CV is designed to prove your value as an employee in order to attract recruiters and employers; and in today’s competitive jobs market, you need to sell yourself. Achievements show that you don’t just carry out your duties for the sake of it – but you endeavour to get results. It’s no easy feat to make the switch to showing off your accomplishments, but fear not ‒ here are tips on using them to make your CV shine for the job you’re applying for.
Numbers and evidence are what recruiters love to see. If you can provide the results it will ‘back-up’ what you have previously mentioned in your CV, validating your skills and experience. Recruiters will then be able to understand the true extent of your capabilities and assess the impact you will have in terms of numbers in the potential new role.
An area well worth showing off about is the career progression you’ve made to date. If you have risen through the ranks quickly, it shows hiring managers that other employers have identified the potential and attributes you have that can drive a business forward. Think about what projects have you been in charge of or heavily involved in that have been an unrivalled success? Include the outcome of the project and the feedback you received from senior managers or clients. Remember to keep your achievement description brief. You need to save something for the interview! Especially when you’re asked, “what has been your biggest achievement?
Not all achievements have to have occurred in the workplace. Involvement in a community action or campaign that secures a result can also be included. Consistent sporting achievements can briefly be mentioned, if you believe the recruiter needs to see a high level of motivation for the advertised position. Use your judgement here – don’t include non-work achievements for the sake of it, especially if you have plenty of others that are directly work-related.
If you track your achievements on a regular basis, your future self will thank you. You never know what opportunity could be around the corner, so rather than throwing together a last-minute list (which will almost certainly miss key points and cause stress), it’s better to maintain an ongoing record. That way, you’ll be prepared should you want to apply for a promotion, find a new role or negotiate your salary at a performance review. Read more about how to track your achievements in our blog post here.
Can’t think of any achievements?
If you have trouble coming up with a list, asking yourself the following questions may help.
- When did I feel proudest of my work?
- When have I known that I’m really good in my job?
- Which of my actions has received the most praise?
- What do other people think that I am good at? (If you’re not sure, ask them)
Very often, people look at their finished list of achievements and think “wow, is that person really me?” This reaction reflects the fact that we are all generally poor when it comes to selling ourselves. Yet with a strong achievements section on your CV, all that will change, and you can expect a higher strike rate with interviews as a result. If you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity, make sure you click through to our job section.