Resume Accomplishment Statements

Check out OCS’ examples below to make sure the accomplishment statements on your resume make a strong impact to any employer.

Converting to Result Bullets: Before and After

Before

  • Worked with a student leadership committee to increase member participation
  • Contributed to system for streamlined application submissions and tracking
  • Selected for scholarship

After

  • Led a 5-person leadership team to increase student participation by 100% from 50 to 100 members by creating a stronger social media presence
  • Collaborated with the IT team to develop an online application submission and tracking system, reducing cost by 10%
  • Selected as one of 230 participants nationwide, based on top class rank coupled with community engagement work

Tips

  • Use Powerful Action Verbs: While each bullet starts with an action verb, certain action verbs sound more impactful than others. e.g. led, created, developed
  • Quantify your Impact: Before revision, bullets are focused mostly on describing activities, not outcomes. It is important to numerically measure what you accomplished through your actions
  • Contextualize Your Accomplishment: Provide a baseline for comparison to make it easier for recruiters to understand your accomplishment

Converting to Skill Bullets: Before and After

Before

  • Explored the evolutionary origins of various cognitive processes by studying capuchin monkeys
  • Looked at branding and marketing strategies of Company X in comparison to competitors
  • Worked with fellow interns to put on a conference

After

  • Delivered key insights on the evolutionary origins of cognitive processes by researching and analyzing over 100 years of literature on capuchin monkeys
  • Compiled an overview of the competitive landscape for Company X by conducting expert interviews and online research
  • Facilitated collaboration among 5-person intern team to put on a conference; divided tasks based on expertise, developed a feasible timeline, and kept team on task and within budget

Tips

  • Pitch Your Skills: Highlight transferable skills you gained from your past experience that your future employer will value (e.g. research, analytic skills, teamwork, communication skills, leadership)
  • Be Specific: The inclusion of relevant details shows the reader that the candidate is capable of making an impact in the organization
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