What is the purpose of a professional resume? Is it a rundown of your job history, your qualifications and your key qualities? Of course, but it is also more than that. It has to be. Your application could be one of the dozens, if not hundred’s, all chasing that one elusive position. And chances are, you all have similar work backgrounds, similar qualifications and similar qualities. So what is the recipe to make sure it is your resume that stands out? Here at Select Resumes, we have found that one of the key drivers to securing an interview is compelling key achievements.
Key Achievements are not key responsibilities – these are a list of your core duties that you have performed in each of your jobs to date and demonstrate to the reader your ability to clearly articulate the range of your role description. Key achievements, however, are highly-specific real-world examples of how you have used your experience and skills in a particular situation.
At Select Resumes, when we prepare your professional resume, we adopt the STAR method to create these ‘mini-stories’. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action and Result. The SITUATION is your work environment, your department, the work you do and will then focus on a particular aspect of your role. The TASK is a responsibility or challenge you were faced with that has congruency with the role you are applying for. The ACTION is the sequence of duties you undertook to meet the requirements of the task, and the RESULT is the tangible, measurable result of the actions – money saved, sales increased, productivity raised.
When applying this simple formula to your most notable accomplishments, the result is an extremely compelling distillation of your abilities and your complete understanding of your role. Moreover, we help you choose an example that if possible, will align with the requirements of the job you are applying for, which further increases your probability of seeing your application progress through to interview the stage.
Key achievements are an essential and integral part of your resume, so contact Select Resumes to secure your order for a professional resume that will stand out from the crowd.