Knowing your skills is only the first step to an accomplished-based resume that will get an employer’s attention. Accomplishment-based resumes go beyond just a list of skills sets. They demonstrate those skills formatted as the three “C’s” Clear, Concise and Concrete.
Let’s look at a couple of skills sets and create examples for an accomplishment-based resume as opposed to a skills-based resume. Remember the three “C’s”.
Skill: Multi-cultural and Multi-generational Sensitivity: There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and older job seekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to people of other age and cultures. To feature this skill set on an accomplishment-based resume you could write:
Widely recognized for sensitivity to individuals of multiple cultures and ages. Chosen to lead workshops for professionals on cultural and generational sensitivity.
Interpersonal Abilities is another skills set that is extremely important to employers. This skill set includes the ability to relate to co-workers of all ages and communicate in a manner that promotes team cohesion.
Sample: Revitalized an underproductive marketing team to become the leader in the division.
By turning your skills into accomplishments, you demonstrate to employers, Clearly, Concisely and Concretely your abilities to provide solutions to their problems and challenges. Specific accomplishments provide concrete examples of your skills sets. In the examples above, note how the two sample skills sets become much more powerful by providing examples of when, where and how you used those skills to benefit former employers. This is far more effective than simply listing the general skills ” multi-cultural/multigenerational sensitivity” or “strong interpersonal skills.”
So remember the three “C’s” and create resumes that communicate to an employer how you can benefit them.
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Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph.D