Most Resumes Need More Powerful Accomplishments Statements


The Research Study: How Does Your Résumé Compare? Competitive Career Intelligence for 6-Figure Canadians* found that almost all résumés assessed could include more powerful accomplishment statements. ResearchStudy.png WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT: When an organization has a vacancy, the hiring decision maker is well aware of the responsibilities of the position. To feature the career successes of the candidate, résumés need to focus on achievements instead of job duties. WHAT NOT TO DO: Unfortunately, most of the résumés analyzed either put a greater emphasis on tasks rather than accomplishments or omitted accomplishments altogether. WHAT TO DO: Task-based résumés tend to be monotonous and tedious to read. A résumé that prominently displays real-life examples of the candidate’s successes connects more readily with readers and their needs. SMARTApproach.jpg

*Graham Management Group (GMG), a Canadian firm specializing in career-transition solutions for executives, managers, and six-figure professionals, examined and analyzed 1,000 résumés submitted in 2009 to the group by senior-level Canadians. GMG performed the analysis by methodically applying validated strategic résumé principles and theories in a structured manner across all documents. We’re excerpting some results of this analysis over the next several weeks.