Developing an Accomplishment Statement
Accomplishment statements should be brief, specific, and results oriented. Begin each statement with an action verb. Use quantitative or qualitative measures wherever possible.
In general, consider an activity to be an accomplishment if any of the following occurred:
- Your performance exceeded past performances.
- Equal results were achieved with less resources.
- Things were made easier, simpler, or were done more quickly.
- Something new was achieved.
An effective accomplishment statement consists of four parts:
- A potential problem, opportunity, or issue
- What you actually accomplished
- What you did about it
- The measurement of resultant benefit to the organization
Types of accomplishments:
- Reduced costs, processing errors (resulting in increased quality, sales, etc.).
- Planned a program.
- Advocated legal rights at a domestic violence shelter by accompanying victims at their cases.
- Helped to create and implement various programs to teach those between the ages of 13 and 80 to canoe, windsurf, and sail.
Examples of accomplishment statements:
- Initiated advanced assembly procedures to increase production 10% by reducing turn around time from 5 to 4 days.
- Planned and scheduled over twenty tours per week, organized and conducted monthly meetings for over twenty tour guides.
- Trained new employees in customer service and telephone procedures.
- Administered campus tours and served on informative panels for prospective students for the past three years.