Resume Writing Tips for Listing Accomplishments

One of the frequent resume writing tips that is given to job seekers is to list accomplishments that you did at each of your previous jobs. The idea that letting a prospective employer know what you’ve done will let the company know what you can accomplish. But there are some pitfalls that you should avoid in using this technique.

Do not exaggerate your accomplishments. The human resources person who is reading your resume will likely decide that if it is too good to be true, it likely is. It is better to give the straight facts that to try to embellish to impress. An example might be a salesperson who inflates the amount of sales he or she brought to the company. Always be truthful, especially when stating things as facts that can be verified.

Avoid listing t too many irrelevant accomplishments. Choose accomplishments that are related to the job you’re seeking. For instance an oil company interested in hiring a computer analyst would be less interested in the fact that you created a bank auditing system at the accounting firm you used to work at than, something more generic, such as a payroll system.

Along those lines, emphasize recent accomplishments over older ones. A prospective employer is more interested in what you’ve done in your last job than one you held 10 or 20 years ago. This is particularly true for jobs you might have held while in school, which might not be related to your professional career.

In short, the purpose of listing accomplishments is not just to show how good you are, but how good an employee you could be for the company you are applying to.

For more information contact the recruiting experts at BOS Staffing in Athens or Gainesville, Georgia.

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