You are not defined by the tasks. You are defined by your accomplishments. You accomplishments are what make you stand out from the crowd.
As a regular reader of profiles and resumes, I don’t care about the tasks. I kind of know the basic tasks for most jobs out there.
- Sales managers manager territories, people and budgets
- Administrative assistants keep stuff organized
- Engineers design stuff
- Vice Presidents manage people, concepts, and budgets
I want to know what makes you different. What did you accomplish beyond the basic tasks. I suspect you did more than just breathe and take up space. That is what I want to know.
First figure out what you are proud of. What did you do that make other people say, “WOW”? These stories of accomplishments belong in your toolbox for interviews. These stories make you unique.
Now write your resume. List the company, job title, and maybe one sentence about the basic role. Then add bullets describing the things you are most proud of.
- Sales managers: What percentage did you achieve compared to your budget? Share the huge sale you landed or the award you got for huge sales that year.
- Admiinsitrative Assistants: What special project did you work on? How many people did you keep organized?
- Engineers: Tell me about the new installation or new product you designed. How well did that new widget do in the market place? Tell me about the customer feedback or sales results or how much you saved in a LEAN or Six Sigma project.
- Vice Presidents: Tell me about how well your department performed compared to plan or the way you redesigned your function to operate more effectively.
I want to know what you can contribute to business based on what you accomplished in your last job. Accomplishments are the key!!