The achievement section of your CV is a part of your CV that potential employers specifically hone in on, as your level of achievement in the past is indicative of what you will potentially achieve in the future. How should you evaluate your achievements on your CV?
Tip 1: Show Outcomes
There is no point in having an Achievement section on your CV unless you can shine a light on a positive outcome which benefited your employer. For example you could say “I increased productivity in the production department by writing production based macros in excel”
Tip 2: Use Metrics
In the example above, in regards macros, the sentence would be much more impactful if metrics were used. One could say “as a result of designing and writing production based macros, production processing time was reduced by 20%, which resulted in a cost saving of €20,000 annually.
The statement of your achievement becomes immediately more impactful and credible when you add a quantifiable outcome to the end of the sentence.
Tip3: Use a variety of metrics
Quantifiable outcomes can come in many forms. Some of the most popular metrics are increases in sales volumes, market share, revenue, tenders won, profitability, shareholder value, customer retention rates, new hires and process improvements.
Another good angle to focus on is money saved or time saved for a previous employer.
There are a wide variety of metrics that can be used on the Achievements section of your CV. A healthy CV will have measurable metrics accompanying approximately 40% of your achievements.
Potential employers will scan your CV and their eyes will inadvertently hone in on figures and percentages. Therefore it is imperative that you use quantifiable outcomes in as much that is possible in order to endure that your CV gets noticed.