How To Write Resume Achievements Like A Pro (Complete Guide + Examples)
Sell yourself to hiring managers.
Resume achievements are not difficult to write - if you're familiar with one of the approaches that I share in this article. These approaches are used by top resume writers worldwide to write outstanding resume achievements.
It should be becoming clear to you why resume achievements – as they’re written by the vast majority of people – aren’t very effective at helping people gain employment.
Let me show you how it should be done.
Method 1: Achieved Result By Taking Action (ARTA).
The title of this method gives away mechanics of this approach.
If you were to rewrite the above example using the ARTA method, you’d get:
“Delivered 125% to 2016 sales target (achieved the result) by developing a new-to-company strategy to target the Asian markets (by taking action).”
ARTA is useful for communicating straightforward achievements and is most of the time suited for entry-level roles.
As you can see, the example above doesn’t address all of the recruiter’s questions, but it does provide more context in a confident tone while demonstrating some knowledge of the market.
Method 2: Challenges, Obstacles, Steps And Results (COSR).
Let’s dive straight into it and rewrite this resume achievement using the COSR method:
“Addressed a decade-long trend of declining global sales performance (challenge) and overcame effects of financial headwinds in Europe (obstacle) by embedding a new-to-company Asia market strategy (steps), achieving 125% to 2016 annual sales target within the first year (results).”
Now, this is a person whom you probably want to have on your team.
In one sentence this achievement demonstrates that the person has strategic chops, deep knowledge of global markets and an impressive ability to influence stakeholders.
Method 3: Situation, Task, Action, Result (STAR).
This is a method that’s quite commonly used by professional resume writers.
It’s a fairly universal method and is often seen on resumes of middle management employees.
Let’s take a look at the example of our Sales VP again – this time written by using the STAR method:
“Addressed downward overall spending trends (situation) and met sales turnaround and growth goals (task) by identifying and targeting opportunities within the lucrative Asian luxury goods market (action), achieving 125% to 2016 sales plan (result).”
Use one of my three methods above to show a proven, highly relevant track record of achievement on your resume. This will help eliminate a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s doubt that you’re the right person for the job.