Career Calling

May 17, 2014

Don’t Hide Achievements on Your Resume

I sometimes meet with clients who write resumes in a strange format:  They hide their success stories.  This format places a section called Honors or Achievements at the bottom of the document.  The problem with this approach is that information that might help an employer decide to bring a candidate in for an interview is hidden.

My advice is to put your achievements with the job where you received the honor or earned the distinction.  For example, if I was named Sales Professional of the Year for 2013, that achievement should be with my current company.  To make the point more impressive, I recommend adding something about scope or quantitative measure.  For scope, you could note how many employees were considered for the award.  For quantitative measure, you could list percentage over goal or increase from the previous year.  Be careful that you don’t simply name the award and not tell the reader why you received the honor.

Even as the job market heats up, competition for the best jobs remains fierce.  Show why you are someone who deserves an interview.  Don’t hide your achievements.

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