Potential employers pay particular attention to the achievement sections of your CV as they assume these achievements and successful outcomes can be replicated in the future, bring a lasting impact to their organisation. Therefore, how you present your achievements on your CV is a great opportunity to wow your potential employer. Below are 3 good tips on how you should present your achievements on your CV.
Tip 1: Put Achievements to the fore of your CV
There is no point having achievements hidden away at the end of your CV. If you have impressive achievements with notable outcomes, ensure they are highlighted by listing them concisely towards the start of your CV, under a heading “Principal Achievements”, for example. Another good idea is to have an Achievement section under each role on your CV. Potential employers are generally much more concerned with measurable outcomes rather than a CV that merely lists tasks.
Tip 2: Take credit for your achievements
Being humble is an intrinsic part of Irish culture. There still exists a perception that no-one likes someone who engages in “blowing their own trumpet” and these people are often quickly cut down to size as they will either be perceived as too cocky or will be met by a wall of begrudgery.
Ditch this notion straight away. You worked hard for these successful outcomes and your employer to be shouldn’t have to read between the lines and guess what your achievements are. Employers want to know about your measurable outcomes in the hope that you will repeat these outcomes for their benefit in the future. When in a pub, for example, perhaps it is still wise to keep these achievements to yourself. However, in a corporate context be sure to shout these achievements from the rooftops as this will be greatly appreciated by a potential employer.
Tip 3: Use measurable results
If you choose not to use metrics as outcomes the person reading your CV will invariable say “So what?”
For example, if you were in the past responsible for customer service, you could say “I initiated a new customer service programme which resulted by customer retention rates increasing by 35%”. The outcome in this example is presented as an easy to understand and impressive metric; 35%.
Employers are extremely interested in anyone who can increase profits or reduce costs. Below is a good cost cutting example:
“As a result of putting an IT contract out to tender, I managed to save 20% on its maintenance costs, which equated to €80,000 on an annual basis”
The achievement listed on your CV can often be a game changer in regards getting called to interview and ultimately landing your ideal job.