From an employer's point of view, there is no greater predictor of success than past performance. To convince potential employers that you are the best candidate for the job, you must be able to clearly articulate and sell your accomplishments.
1. Start by writing one-line statements
about various aspects of your experiences (in school, at work and through community/professional activities). Use your résumé checklists to organize your thoughts.
2. Convert each activity into an accomplishment statement.
*Reduced operating expenses by 25 percent by improving efficiency and decreasing expenses.
*Selected new vendors for office services, resulting in improved customer service and satisfaction.
*Generated $50,000 in new sales during first 12 months.
*Created media relations campaign for healthcare provider, resulting in story placements in three major metropolitan newspapers.
3. Make your list of accomplishment statements as comprehensive as possible.
You can always make editorial changes later.
4. After you have completed your list
edit the statements to use the most powerful verbiage and reflect tangible evidence of results
review your accomplishment statements in the context of your specific job objective; then organize and present the statements in order of their relevance to the potential employer.