Accomplishments on a CV are often solely focussed on work place achievements rather than accreditations and awards, something you were actually recognised for with some form of certification or award.
This not only shows a real competitive edge and a drive for success but also provides a potential employer with social proof of your accomplishments.
How should you present Honours & Awards on your CV?
The date, purpose, significance and scope of the Award should be clearly stated as the chances are that your interviewer(s) will have not have previously heard of it previously. See example below
“Winner of the National Top Salesperson of the year award for XYZ Ireland Ltd. (2014-2015) for exceeding sales targets by 32%”
What constitutes an accomplishment in the Honours and Award section?
1. An Honour or Award should be relatively recent.
Avoid awards you received at primary or secondary school level unless you were awarded with something really prestigious of national significance such as “young scientist of the year”.
Be sure to have separate headers for personal and professional awards on your CV. Examples of
2. Honours and Awards of a professional nature include:
a. Top Salesperson of the year
b. Employee of the year award
c. Industry Awards
d. Acceptance onto the executive succession programme
e. Best Sales Associate Award (etc.)
3. Examples of Honours and Awards of a personal nature are as follows:
a. Volunteer of the Year Award
b. Award for services to the local community
c. College or University Academic Award
e. Sport Award “on the All-Ireland winning………team”
You can also include Professional Affiliations in the Honours & Awards section under a separate header.
Honours and Awards are an excellent way of providing a potential employer of social proof as to your competitive edge which should really impress a potential employer, making you really stand out from the competition.