Showcasing Your Achievements in the Professional Overview Section of Your Resume

by Kimberly Sarmiento

Resume Achievements

If you have done any amount of research on resume advice, you have read about how your resume should be achievement-driven in content. You should, as often as possible, write about the results of your work rather than just describing what you have done. When doing this, there are several different strategies you can use to draw attention to your achievements in the document.

When organizing your resume, I strongly recommend including a “Career Highlights” section where you select three to five bullets that showcase career achievements that demonstrate you can do the job you are applying to. If you are interested in several different kinds of jobs, tailor this section accordingly. While the highlights section is very important, you may also want to draw attention to your achievements throughout the “Career Overview” portion of your resume.

This article provides recommendations to ensure your accomplishments catch the reader’s attention and gets you interviews.

1) Separate Your Job Duties and Achievements

You can list your responsibilities in a paragraph summary after your job title with the bullets that follow detailing your achievements. You could also list your job duties first in bulleted format, and then your achievements under a sub-header. Consider:

Paragraph & Bullets:

Company Name – City, State (2015-2017)

Project Manager

Led 10+ team members in developing and implementing an Access database for tracking the status of leads submitted by the company’s various sales channels. Assigned resources, managed schedules, defined team goals and milestones, and ensured on-time, on-budget project delivery.

  • Negotiated vendor contracts, achieving a 10% savings compared to forecasted project budget.
  • Optimized implementation efforts at 4 locations and provided training to 50+ end users.
  • Delivered assignment two months ahead of schedule with zero interruption to business functions.

Bullets & Sub-Headers:

Company Name – City, State (2012-2014)

Business Analyst

  • Managed, developed, and executed financial and accounting processes and functions in alignment with the Facility Services & Support (FS&S), Risk Management (RM) and Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Design Delivery team’s financial objectives.
  • Created reports for financial transactions and delivered analysis support for project, facilities, and risk management personnel as well as individual business units.
  • Customized dozens of reports on a daily/weekly/monthly basis for financial and accounting reporting related to budget, forecast, and current operating costs.
  • Oversaw audits by third-party contractors, treasury compliance and controls, controllership, and corporate management while serving as a primary point of contact for the accountability of any audits and/or audit findings.

Achievements

  • Streamlined CRF, purchase order/contract, change order, and bid processes for all procurement efforts; tracked the flow of all documentation via the CRE “PUMBAA” system (an integrated software solution which includes MS Project Server, MS InfoPath, SharePoint, and SQL database) and presented reports to executive leadership.
  • Reviewed and approved department invoices ranging from $1K to $5M for capital spends and expense projects; led vendor negotiations to reduce costs 10%.
  • Administered 50 campus utility vendor accounts for Company Name with the ability to process invoices, participate in account audits, and act as sole contact for account issues.

2) Use Bolding Selectively

No matter which method you use to organize your resume, you can also use bolding to draw the reader’s eyes to certain excerpts in your resume. Consider the previous listing with bolding as well:

Company Name – City, State(2012-2014)

Business Analyst

  • Managed, developed, and executed financial and accounting processes and functions in alignment with the Facility Services & Support (FS&S), Risk Management (RM) and Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Design Delivery team’s financial objectives.
  • Created reports for financial transactions and delivered analysis support for project, facilities, and risk management personnel as well as individual business units.
  • Customized dozens of reports on a daily/weekly/monthly basis for financial and accounting reporting related to budget, forecast, and current operating costs.
  • Oversaw audits by third-party contractors, treasury compliance and controls, controllership, and corporate management while serving as a primary point of contact for the accountability of any audits and/or audit findings.

Achievements

  • Streamlined CRF, purchase order/contract, change order, and bid processes for all procurement efforts; tracked the flow of all documentation via the CRE “PUMBAA” system (an integrated software solution which includes MS Project Server, MS InfoPath, SharePoint, and SQL database) and presented reports to executive leadership.
  • Reviewed and approved department invoices ranging from $1K to $5M for capital spends and expense projects; led vendor negotiations to reduce costs 10%.
  • Administered 50 campus utility vendor accounts for Company Name with the ability to process invoices, participate in account audits, and act as sole contact for account issues.

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Just remember that if you decide to use bolding to add impact to your bullets, that you need to use it selectively. Too much bolding can be distracting to the reader. If you use these strategies sparingly, they can draw attention to your resume, demonstrate to the reader what you can do, and set you apart from the competition.

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