Accomplishment statements create concrete credibility for everything you claim in the way of qualifications and abilities. They can also create confidence by building a better awareness of your own skills and abilities.
A well-formulated accomplishment statement has two parts:
- The results/benefits that came as a result of your work in terms of the value added, and in as tangible and quantified a manner as possible.
- The action (steps or techniques) you took to achieve those benefits/results.
Steps to Writing Accomplishment Statements
Always start with an action word.
Good: “Responsible for leading team for classroom assignments.”
Stronger: “Directed team of 3 classmates to complete assignment on time.”
Use colorful and unique action words.
Good: “Started a new program.”
Stronger: “Created and implemented a new mentoring program with 80% participation of residents.”
Avoid wordiness and unnecessary adjectives.
Good: “Coordinated 150 housing volunteers for the “Day In Our Shoes” program, which brings admitted students to campus for the day to learn about Scripps.”
Stronger: “Provided training and mentoring to first year students through superior planning.” “Organized ‘Teapot Exhibit’ for 30 artists presenting interesting work.”
Attempt to quantify at all times.
“Handled $1,000 in transactions on a weekly basis.”
“Planned 3 campus-wide teas per semester.”
Combine significant elements of one accomplishment into a single statement.
“Developed relationship with a local merchant, which increased food offerings at the student-run Motley Coffeehouse and doubled profits.”
“Researched new investment opportunities that increased the Scripps holdings by 100% while maintaining the integrity of SIF.”
State first the benefit to the employer and then what you did to accomplish that result.
Good: “Developed a marketing strategy that increased student involvement by 15%.”
Stronger: “Increased student involvement by 15% through a creative marketing strategy.”