No resume is complete until you’ve listed your accomplishments. In most cases, if you have the minimum educational requirements and the right qualifications, you probably can do the job.
What’s more important than your ability to do the job is how well you can do it. Listing your accomplishments on your resume is very important to set yourself apart from the competition. Let’s take a typical office administrative position. The requirements may be an Associate’s degree and 2 years of experience in a similar role. As a candidate applying for this job, you would naturally include your education that shows you’ve completed at least an Associate’s degree and your work experience would show you have at least 2 years of experience in a similar role.
But at this point, everyone applying for the position will likely have the same information listed. So what will set you apart and stand out as the best candidate?
Your accomplishments will set you apart and make you appear more qualified for the job than the candidate that has not listed any.
So what does your boss have to do with any of this?
Well, that’s simple. No one (besides you) would know the progress you’ve made, the obstacles you’ve overcome and the problems you’ve solved better than your boss. It’s very important to communicate with your current boss to find out what sticks out in their mind as your strengths and what you can do to improve, this will insure that you continue to acquire accomplishments to add to your resume.
After reading this blog post, send an appointment request to your supervisor. Let them know that you are really are serious about being the best (insert your job title here) and you’d like to know some areas you’d like to improve in.
If after talking to your boss, you find that you have some areas for improvement, make them goals and genuinely work towards them so that they can one day be counted as accomplishments. If you look even further in the future, when you make it a habit to set goals and achieve them, you’re also making it possible for your boss to one day recommend you when you’re ready to move to the next level.
Do you currently have accomplishments listed on your resume? Will you set up a meeting with your boss to start the conversation about your work goals?
If you’re unsure about what all should be included in your resume, definitely check out my Resume Audit Checklist. It’ll guide you through each area of your resume to insure your bases are covered and employers are viewing a document that best represents who you are as an employee. Check it out below: