In previous post, “Writing a resume is both simple and difficult,” I meandered on about what I thought constituted a legitimate accomplishment – for inclusion a resume. If you haven’t, I suggest popping over and having a quick read (click here to read that post).
I want to add one more thought to that line of reasoning.
Part of challenging in writing an effective resume is the dichotomy in fully expressing your potential by writing of your past while doing with as few a words as possible. It’s a fine balance.
And that balance is nowhere more true than your list of accomplishments.
Both the resumes that I referenced in the previous post had anywhere from 7 to 12 bullet points per job. That’s not accomplishments; that’s an applicant who thinks filling space is impressive.
It is not…
You should aim to have no more than 3 key accomplishments per job. And each accomplishments must be something only you did or could have done. Not the accomplishments of a sales trainer; but rather, the accomplishments of you, who happened to be sales trainer.
There are a lot of resources on how to write good accomplishments. One of them is Kevin’s Guerrilla Resume ProgramÂ (A decidedly different approach to the traditional resume which I review here – be sure to check out the “before” and “after” resume look about 3/4 of the way down). Or you can read the related articles at the bottom of this post.
More is not better. Listing 7 or 8 accomplishments does not make you more impressive. On the contrary, with only a few seconds to make an impact; you dilute yourself.
In boxing, a bunch of jabs could not to do the damage of one enormous, straight right.
Hit the reader with your best 3 shots and move on the next job – and 3 more rights!