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Shouldn't your resume boast about your accomplishments just as a product's can start turning your responsibilities into powerful Accomplishment Statements. writing tips for mid-career professionals · Tricky cover letter mistakes to avoid.

Many people run into trouble when writing the details of the work experience section on a resume. Commonly, the work experience section is made up of a bullet point list of duties and responsibilities relating to each work position. However, in order for your resume to stand out, the details of your work experience section should ideally start with a powerful action verb, as well as using numbers to quantify your accomplishments.

1. Use Action Verbs

When writing the work experience, always begin your bullet point details with an action verb. A powerful action verb places you as an initiator of action, which leaves a positive impression on the reader. Rather than beginning a description with a passive-sounding description such as “Worked on creative projects to teach children,” it is better to start off using an action verb such as “Designed and implemented a creative arts curriculum for elementary school children.”

Try to avoid starting off descriptions with “Responsible for” and instead, use action verbs such as “managed,” “implemented,” or “developed.”

2. The PAR Method

There’s a simple formula that any job seeker can follow to construct accomplishment-oriented bullet points. It’s called the ‘PAR’ Method, which stands for problem, action, and results. When applied to your resume, the ‘Par Method’ encourages you to:

  • Problem:Identify a responsibility or issue at work
  • Action: Discuss how you addressed the problem
  • Results: What was the outcome of that action

While that may sound like a lot to fit into one bullet point, you’ll be surprised out how easy ‘PAR’ can be implemented into your bullet points. Check out the examples below:

Developed new filing and organizational practices, saving the company $3,000 per year in contracted labor expenses

Suggested a new tactic to persuade canceling customers to stay with the company, resulting in a 5% decrease in cancellations

Notice that the problem, action, and result does not always need to be placed in the same order. Now that you have a better understanding of the structure of an accomplishment bullet point, let’s discuss how you can apply it to your own professional experience section.

3. Quantify Your Accomplishments

Employers want to see workers who can achieve solid results, and results are best stated in terms of reportable numbers. How many employees did you work with or oversee? By what percentage did you increase sales or efficiency? How much of a budget did you work with, with what type of results? Putting a number on your accomplishments is a sure way of conveying results and impressing the hiring manager. 

Hiring managers like to see quantifiable achievements rather than a list of general descriptions of job responsibilities.

By using numbers in detailing your work experience, you are demonstrating your focus as being results-oriented rather than task-oriented. For example, compare “Responsible for selling products to customers at XYZ Store” to “Increased sales revenue by 30% in three months.” Which one sounds better? By including a percentage as well as time spent, the potential employer has a measurable, defined idea of what you have accomplished, rather than just a general job responsibility that can already be assumed with the job title.

In order to measure your accomplishments, try to obtain as much data as you can in regard to your previous work experience. It is never recommended to make up numbers, as hiring managers are experienced when it comes to scanning resumes and it could hurt you later on. You also do not need to quantify every single line in your work experience, but at least have a few per position on the work experience section.

Below are some questions that may help to think of how to quantify achievements (broken down in terms of percentages, numbers, dollar amounts, and time)

Questions to ask yourself:

Percentages:

  • Did you increase sales, market share, or customer satisfaction by a certain percentage? How?
  • Did you increase efficiency or productivity by a certain percentage?
  • Did you recruit, work with, or manage a certain number of employees or teams?
  • How many customers did you serve on average? Did you increase the number of customers served? By how much?
  • Did you implement new ideas, systems, or processes to the company? What was the impact?

Dollar amounts:

  • Did you propose or work with a budget of a certain dollar amount?
  • Did you increase sales or profitability by a certain dollar amount? How?

Time:

  • Did you decrease delivery or turnaround time on a project? How?
  • Was one of your achievements completed within a tight deadline?
  • Did you resolve any particular issues? How soon?

All of these are examples where you can specifically quantify an achievement and translate your work experience into a results-oriented approach. In order to provide even more detail, consider also answering “How?” in regard to how you achieved the accomplishment.

4. Resume achievement examples by industry

Food Service Worker

  • Memorized restaurant’s wine stock and the meals they should accompany, leading to daily wine sales averaging $150, fully 20% higher than company average
  • Write patrons’ food orders on slips, memorize orders, or enter orders into computers for transmittal to kitchen staff in a 110+ seat restaurant

Administrative Assistant/Office Worker

  • Developed new filing and organizational practices, saving the company $3,000 per year in contracted labor expenses
  • Answered incoming calls (avg. 40/day) resolving issues with both customers and billing department

Nursing

  • Provide direct quality care to patients including daily monitoring, recording, and evaluating of medical conditions of up to 20 patients per day
  • Led and mentored 10 newly licensed nurses in developing and achieving professional expertise

Teacher

  • Increased students’ scores in standardized tests by 24% in literacy and 35% in math
  • Educated an average of 18 students in grades 2 and 3, and received four “Best Teacher Award”

Accounting

  • Manage a $350,000 budget, with a reduction of costs totaling 15% over two years
  • Trained and supervised 2 new employees, ensuring they maintain fastidious attention to detail

Information Technology

  • Consolidated multiple ticketing systems, improving communication and ticket turnover rate by 7%
  • Refined and improved existing documentation system, resulting in reduced labor costs totaling $15,000 annually via increased workplace efficiency

Customer Service

  • Operate POS cash register, handling 92 transactions on average daily, and count money in cash drawers to ensure the amount is correct
  • Assist an average of 40 customers per day in finding or selecting items, and provided recommendations that generated $8K in additional revenue

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Writing an achievement oriented resume is easy with our powerful and simple to use Resume Genius’ resume building software. Our bullet points are well-written and can be easily modified to reflect your achievements. Just add numbers, and you’re all done!

Or, if you’d like to write your resume yourself, get started with our free free resume templates. Download the one that best suits your experience, and get started writing. Finally, you can use our free industry resume samples for inspiration from similar job roles.

Written by Mark Slack, CPRW

Mark Slack is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with over 6 years of experience sculpting interview-landing resumes and cover letters for clients from all walks of life. He has a bachelor’s degree in English... more

The SOA is a narrative description of your accomplishments as it relates to your job satisfaction surveys, letters of commendation, and the absence of any.

Writing Strong Accomplishment Statements

a letter of accomplishment

by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.

Cover letters afford job-seekers greater opportunities than do resumes to describe accomplishments in detail and with more context. Cover letters offer job-seekers relatively wide latitude to tell stories about accomplishments and successes because letters are quite compatible with the narrative form. In a cover letter, you can engage the employer, make an emotional connection, show results, and become instantly memorable by including at least one paragraph in the form of a powerful accomplishment.
Hiring decision-makers vary in the importance they place on cover letters. Not all employers read cover letters (about a third don't), but those who read, do truly read the letter, unlike the resume, which they almost always skim. Cover letters, effectively crafted, frequently distinguish the candidate. Of the employers who favored cover letters in the white paper I wrote, Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of Traditional Cover-letter Advice for Today's Job Search, many wanted to see accomplishments included, particularly accomplishments targeted specifically to the hiring organization's needs. Fred R. Cooper, managing partner, Compass HR Consulting, LLC, for example, wants to see "what have you accomplished that is relevant to my needs and my company.
Here's what others said:

"I want to see the 3-4 juicy accomplishments from a candidate's career (that match my advertised need). These highlights must excite me to such a level that this candidate becomes a can't-miss prospect. If I am not swept away by the cover letter, then reading the resume is often anti-climactic and doomed for failure."

-- Ron Kubitz, recruiting manager, Brayman Construction Corp., Saxonburg, PA

"I like a bullet list of key accomplishments that can be backed up with quantitative data -- real numbers -- that prove to me you have a 'proven track record.' ... I also look for how well the candidate understands what I need in the way of a solutions-provider and problem-solver."

-- J.T. Kirk, J.T. Kirk Industries, author of Confessions of a Hiring Manager Rev. 2.0: Getting to and Staying at the Top of the Hiring Manager's Short List in a Confused Economy(2011)

Let's look at some ways paragraphs about accomplishments can fit into a typical cover-letter structure.
The first paragraph should spark the employer's interest, provide information about the benefits the employer will receive from you, and help you stand out from all the other job-seekers who want the job. Focus on your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) -- the one thing that makes you different from all the other job-seekers - and identifying benefits you can offer the employer.
Accomplishments-driven first paragraphs. Note that in both the following examples, the job-seeker provides a summary of ongoing accomplishments, laying the groundwork for specifics later on:

I have increased the size and sales levels of my client base in every position I have held, which in turn has increased the revenues and profits of my employers. I want to bring this same success to the account position you have posted on your Website.

As HR director for the Kearney Public School District, I restored the administration's faith in contracting with temporary agencies and workers, contributed my professionalism during a staffing crisis, and provided valuable insight to help the district recruit and retain productive, happy employees. I am convinced I can bring the same leadership to your school district.

The second paragraph should provide more detail about your professional and/or academic qualifications. Expand on specific items from your resume that are relevant to the qualifications sought in the job you seek. Or, if responding to a job posting or job ad, tailor this paragraph to the qualifications and employer needs described in the posting.
These qualifications might include skills, values, or experience.
Accomplishments-driven second paragraph that spotlights a skill (strategic ability):

As director of the Tokyo Tourism Board, I have demonstrated my strategic abilities by developing programs that resulted in an 18 percent increase in traffic to Tokyo in 2007, traffic growth of more than 10 percent in 2006, total spending and per-capita spending growth of 15 percent and 5 percent respectively, as well as 5 percent growth in length-of-stay to 3.66 nights.

Accomplishments-driven second paragraph that spotlights a value (motivation):

My high degree of motivation has been recognized by my previous employers who have quickly promoted me to positions of greater responsibility. I was promoted from assistant editor to editor of Alexandria Monthly after only five months.

Accomplishments-driven second paragraph that spotlights experience (in marketing):

My marketing experience is extensive and diverse -- from opening up new markets to tapping into my vast pool of contacts in both business and government. During my marketing career with Pepsico, I influenced the objectives and direction of franchised bottler management, engendering significant credibility, mutual trust, and respect, and facilitating solid growth when the rest of the country was experiencing decline during the toughest year.

The third paragraph should relate your accomplishments to the company, giving details why you should be considered for the position. Expand on your qualifications while showing knowledge of the company.
Accomplishments-driven third paragraph that connects accomplishments to the employer's requirements:

I have built on my distinctive background in information technology leadership by developing exceptional expertise in managing large-scale technology projects, consistently delivering results within time and budget constraints, and developing teams to produce innovative solutions in bureaucratic environments. For example, I successfully executed CIO operations of a 2,000-person, $600 million Superfund Toxic-Dump Cleanup Project. The parallels between your requirements and my ongoing contributions for municipalities in Maryland are remarkable.

Accomplishments-driven third paragraph that connects accomplishments with knowledge of the employer:

I'm no stranger to John Hancock, having conducted a cultural profile on financial services companies nationwide, thus providing consumer bank leaders with feedback and data to help them to clarify the direction for strategic planning. This work was so successful that our consulting practice, Colorado River Consulting, was entrusted to participate in a worldwide change effort.

Accomplishments-driven third paragraph that connects accomplishments with a specific employer need:

You seek someone who can bring greater systems stability to your operation. One of my most rewarding accomplishments was stabilizing a Fortune 500 company's infrastructure by examining areas where the outages were occurring. I generated buy-in to implement a preventive-maintenance schedule that proactively rebooted systems during scheduled downtimes. I then oversaw database cleanup during scheduled outages to reduce unplanned outages. My plan reduced the number of high severity incidents from multiple instances a week to less than one per quarter.

The fourth paragraph of your cover letter requests action -- a job interview or meeting. It's unusual, though not unheard of, to include accomplishments in this paragraph:

Because my solid record of 26 patents and 60 publications provides strong evidence that I am a productive scientist, I know I can produce results for your organization. That's why I'd like to request that we meet at your earliest convenience.

Tips for Presenting Accomplishments in Your Cover Letter

Consider bullets, writes Deborah Brown-Volkman, president of Surpass Your Dreams, Inc. a career, life, and mentor coaching company. "Bullets work well in making your accomplishments easy to read." Brown-Volkman suggests leading into this bulleted accomplishments list with a phrase along these lines: "Here are relevant examples of what I have done that match with what you are looking for ..." Caution: When you bullet accomplishments in your cover letter, you may come perilously close to rehashing your resume. Rephrase them and provide additional details to avoid redundancy
Frame your accomplishments with the journalism questions -- who, what, when, where, why and how, advise the folks at OptimalResume.com -- and do it succinctly.
Use a two-column format. A particularly effective way to showcase accomplishments is to show how they qualify you to meet an employer's requirements using a two-column format (also known as a "T-formation" letter) in which you quote in the left-hand column specific qualifications that come right from the employer's job posting and in the right-hand column, your attributes that meet those qualifications. The two-column format is extremely effective when you possess all the qualifications for a job, but it can even sell you when you lack one or more qualifications. The format so clearly demonstrates that you are qualified in so many areas that the employer may be willing to overlook the areas in which your exact qualifications are deficient.
One of my former students describes her success in using the two-column format: "Several months ago, you referred me to your Website where there was a sample of a cover letter using a 'you require/I offer' table format. Believe it or not, I sent in my resume along with a cover letter in this format to a job that was posted on Monster.com, and I actually got an interview!! The position is with [name of company], and I can't even imagine how many applicants they had. When I went in for the interview, the person that I met with complimented me on the cover letter and actually said that that's what got me in the door ahead of so many others! I used one of my own letters as a sample of an accomplishments-based two-column letter.
Consider opening your cover letter with an accomplishment. As we saw in the preceding section describing the parts of a cover letter, opening your letter with an accomplishment is a terrific attention-getter. Typically, an opener contains a summary of accomplishments, which may be detailed further in the body of the letter. A couple more samples of openers:

I have increased the size and sales levels of my client base in every position I have held, which in turn has increased the revenues and profits of my employers. I want to bring this same success to the account position you have posted on your Website.

Here's one from resume writer Ross Macpherson:

Over the past 12 years, I've won 38 national sales performance awards including Salesperson of the Year (6x) and President's Circle (15x).

Try a cover letter that opens with an accomplishment summary, supported by bullets describing specific accomplishments. This variation on the accomplishments opener immediately leads into specifics in the form of bullet points, as in this sample:

My solid sales background, experience in Department of Defense and other federal sales, as well as my success with management and client service, make me an ideal candidate for the VP of sales position that you are currently advertising. Throughout my extensive career, I have proven my motivation, sales expertise, management, and operational skills. For example, during my time as Director, Army Major Programs, and Director, DoD Sales, at FuturaFind, I have:

  • Increased unit sales from $4 million annually to more than $30 million yearly.
  • Boosted backlog from $3 million in 2008 to $40+ million in 2012.
  • Overseen achievement of more than 50 percent of total company revenue out of three company business units.
  • Led growth of the Army team from $50K in backlog to $31+ million in backlog in three years, and recently closed a $15 million contract negotiation that accounted for 45 percent of total company orders in 2012.

Consider the "Get attention -> Stimulate desire -> Reinforce with reasons" format. Storytelling guru Steve Denning suggests a formula that can be applied to cover letters.
Get attention by describing a problem the prospective employer has or a need the organization desires to fill. It must be a problem or need the employer has acknowledged -- say, in a job posting or in a networking conversation.
Stimulate desire by telling how you can solve the problem or meet the need for the employer.
Reinforce with reasons by describing an accomplishment in which you solved a similar problem or met a similar need for a past employer. This technique works because employers know that past behavior is the best predictor of future performance.
The format can use accomplishments for each of these three elements; in this sample, accomplishments are featured in the "desire" and "reasons" portions."

Back to Communicating Your Accomplishments: Samples for Every Phase of the Job Search and On the Job.

Need more cover letter information, tools, and samples? Go to our Cover Letter Resources for Job-Seekers.

Read more about brainstorming, tracking, and leveraging career accomplishments in Katharine Hansen's book, You Are More Accomplished Than You Think: How to Brainstorm Your Achievements for Career and Life Success.

Career and Work Accomplishments Section of Quintessential Careers

Find expert job-seeker accomplishments tools, resources, samples -- free expert advice about maximizing career accomplishments in this section of Quintessential Careers: Career-Job-Work Accomplishments Resources for Job-Seekers.

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How to write an accomplishment statement

a letter of accomplishment

Seeing achievements on a resume is what recruiters crave—

 

Why?

 

Most resumes say responsible for.

 

But—

 

Thomas Andrews was responsible for designing the Titanic.

 

Accomplishments and achievements on a resume are light-years better.

 

They show you handled responsibilities well.

 

This guide will show you:

  • Accomplishments on resumes and how to show them.
  • 50 great examples of achievements for resumes.
  • How to list awards on resumes.
  • The best honors and awards resume examples.

 

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1. 50 Resume Achievements Examples

 

What achievements for resumes work best?

 

Well—

 

Imagine you’re buying a car.

 

One ad says, “Four wheels and a motor.”

 

The other says, “Won Daytona 500 three times.”

 

Accomplishments for resumes do that.

 

So do awards on resumes.

 

These resume achievements examples get you started.

 

They’re the best 50 accomplishments to put on a resume.

 

Examples of Accomplishments

 

Honors and Awards Resume Examples

 

  • Received X professional award. (PMI Fellows Award, CSS Design Award, etc.)
  • Shortlisted for X professional award.
  • Employee of the month X times because of Y skill/achievement.
  • Commended by management for X.
  • Part of a team that received X award.

 

Professional Achievements Resume Examples

 

  • Completed/created X projects/products per month/year.
  • Slashed costs by X%.
  • Improved quality measures by X%.
  • Cut delivery times by X%.
  • Raised revenue by X%.
  • Received X% positive customer survey results.
  • Trained X employees in Y.
  • Improved efficiency of X system by Y%.
  • Raised customer satisfaction scores by X%.
  • Singled out by management to handle X important project.
  • Assigned a peer mentoring role by manager because of X skill.
  • Promoted only X months after hiring.
  • Maintained costs X% under budget for Y years.
  • Didn’t miss a day of work for X years.
  • Led or participated in a team that accomplished X.
  • Consistently met deadlines.
  • Beat company/department average of X metric by Y.
  • Completed X task Y% faster than company average.
  • Cut X waste by Y%.
  • Saved X hours per year by initiating Y project.
  • Increased staff retention by X%.

 

Examples of Personal Achievements in Resumes

 

  • Attended X conference.
  • Spoke on X panel.
  • Wrote an article on X that was linked to by Y.
  • Gave a TED talk on X.
  • Published a YouTube video that got X views.
  • Gave a webcast that was downloaded X times.
  • Interviewed by X podcast.
  • Amassed a LinkedIn following of X.
  • Created a Facebook contest that got X shares and Y likes.
  • Built a community of X professionals.
  • Received X certification.
  • Completed X class/course with score of Y.
  • Founded X club, company, or group with X members.
  • Grew membership in X club by X%.

 

Sports Achievements in Resume Examples

 

  • Captain of X sports team.
  • Broke speed record for X sporting event.
  • Led a team of 15 swimmers to state championships.
  • Came in X place in the Y race.
  • Completed the X marathon.

 

Volunteer Accomplishments for Resumes

 

  • Volunteer X times per month at Y charity.
  • Organized a team of X volunteers.
  • Increased donations for X by Y%.
  • Organized a local playground build of X parents.
  • Raised $X for Y charity.

 

Accomplishment vs Achievement

 

Many experts say accomplishments for resumes and achievements for resumes are two different things. According to Merriam-Webster, resume accomplishments and achievements in resumes are synonyms.

Expert Hint: Mix resume accomplishments with responsibilities. For every five work section bullet points, stuff three with accomplishments and resume awards.

2. How to List Achievements for Resumes

 

How do you show accomplishments on resumes?

 

What about awards on resumes?

 

Here’s the problem:

 

Most accomplishments for resumes will make the hiring manager yawn.

 

A few will make her leave nine voicemails in your inbox.

 

What achievements for resumes work best?

 

Do this:

 

  1. Read the job ad closely.
  2. Imagine the perfect candidate.
  3. List only achievements in resumes that prove you are that candidate.

 

These resume accomplishments examples show how:

 

Job ad wants: (1) customer service (2) customer retention (3) efficiency.

 

Resume work history says:

 

The first of those resume achievements examples will make employers worry someone else will get you.

 

The second tells your job, but—

 

Not how good you did it.

Expert Hint: Where should you put accomplishments on resumes? In the bullet points for all your sections. List accomplishments for resumes or awards on resumes that prove key skills.

3. Why Achievements in Resumes Need Numbers

 

Numbers send achievements for resumes to the stratosphere.

 

Pretend you own a restaurant.

 

Should you tell people it gets “great Yelp reviews?”

 

Or—

 

It has “over a thousand 5-star Yelp reviews?”

 

Numbers matter in accomplishments for resumes.

 

They even help awards on resumes.

 

These resume achievements examples demonstrate:

 

 

Pow.

 

The first of those honors and awards resume examples could get you hired on the Avengers.

 

KPIs for Achievements in Resumes

 

Need some help with numbers for accomplishments for resumes?

 

Use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

 

They measure achievements for resumes to get you hired.

 

Make sure your KPIs fit what the job posting wants.

 

Customer Retention 

Accounts Payable

Efficiency 

Leads 

Quality Measures

Website Traffic 

Cost

Website Authority

Delivery Time

Social Media Engagement

Customer Satisfaction

ROI

Membership

Conversion Rate

Employees Trained

Customer Turnover Rate

Sales Figures

Market Share

New Customers

Quota Attainment

Installs

Profits

Expert Hint: Not sure what KPIs best fit your job? Google your job title + “KPIs.” You’ll find metrics that add muscle to accomplishments for resumes and awards on resumes.

4. How to List Awards on Resumes

 

“Holy cow, we’ve got to hire this one.”

 

Why show awards on resumes?

 

They’re some of the best accomplishments for resumes. They prove your skills.

 

But—

  • Don’t bury them.
  • Do list only awards this employer cares about.
  • Do add details that tie awards to skills.

 

Check out these honors and awards resume examples:

 

Job ad wants: web design skills.

 

Resume says:

 

Big difference.

 

The first of those awards and acknowledgements resume examples will make the boss reach for the phone.

 

The second buries the award in other achievements for resumes.

 

What resume awards should you list?

 

Three kinds:

 

  1. Show honors and awards on resumes from professional associations. For instance, the PMI Fellows Award, CSS Design Award, or AMA Award.
  2. Include honors and awards in resumes received by companies you’ve worked for. For example, the Baldrige Award or Shingo Prize.
  3. In-company awards to put on a resume include Employee of the Month or performance-based bonuses.

 

Need awards to put on resumes?

 

Google your job title + “awards.” You’ll find resume awards that fit. You may even spot some easy-to-get honors and awards resume examples. For instance, small monthly contests.

Expert Hint: What should you leave out of your resume awards section? Honors and awards that prove resume skills not central to the job.

Key Points:

 

Here’s a recap of tips for writing an accomplishment section for your resume::

  • Match achievements in resumes to the job ad. If it shows you’ve got a resume skill the company wants, list it.
  • Add numbers to resume achievements. Say how much, how often, and how many. Add hours, dollars, percents, and numbers of people.
  • Awards on resumes build confidence. Add professional awards like the AIGA Medal or in-company awards like Employee of the Month.
  • Use the resumes accomplishments examples above for reference. Awards, improvements to company metrics, and personal achievements all make great accomplishments on resumes.

 

Still wondering how to list achievements in resumes? Not sure how to pick the best accomplishments for resumes? Leave a comment. We’re happy to reply!

If you have an accomplishment-oriented resume, it's easy to cut and paste a marketing letter. The two-step formula for this letter is: 1) I hit triples and home runs.

What Is a Letter of Accomplishment?

a letter of accomplishment

By now, no one needs to tell you not to rely solely on a resume to get a job. For any job-seeker, it’s now essential to have a variety of other documents at your disposal to promote you as the ideal candidate. Cover letters, letters of recommendation and proof of certification are just a few topping the list. But there’s also something known as a letter of accomplishment -- a document that means different things to different people.

Recognition

Many letters of accomplishment, particularly those in the United States, highlight a specific achievement completed by an individual. A professor might write this type of letter detailing an exemplary academic achievement, such as a research project or thesis, of a student, whereas an employer could use it to detail the inception and execution of any improvement or advancement conceived by an employee. In either situation, this letter could then be used as part of the application process for another job, serving almost as a letter of recommendation or a supplement to other letters of recommendation.

Job Correspondence

Other letters of accomplishment are success-oriented letters sent to prospects -- be they businesses, institutions or clients. These letters are used as a way of marketing your achievements to land jobs that aren’t otherwise promoted or advertised. They encapsulate the skills and qualifications seen in a resume but in a more narrative form. If, for example, you work in sales, a letter of accomplishment could detail the amount of sales made in the past year as well as any other achievements that increased ROI, reduced operation costs, improved income sources or bolstered lead generation.

Designation

A letter of accomplishment also is a designation earned. In Canada, you can receive a letter of accomplishment in human resources, finance, management, accounting and other fields after completing a university-level training program. It’s achieved after taking two courses, one required for the designation and the other an elective to specialize in your chosen industry. Letters of accomplishment are alternatives to certificates or degrees in the corresponding field. Classwork, however, is often transferable to certificate or degree programs.

Tools

Some organizations use letters of accomplishment as tools to help people achieve their goals. They’re part of the work you put in during a training program, detailing your objectives for the next year or two in your life. For students, letters of accomplishment focus on grades, hobbies, interests and other aspects of life. Adults, on the other hand, address their personal and professional goals in relationships, education, career and other avenues of interest.

About the Author

Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Dana Severson has been writing marketing materials for small-to-mid-sized businesses since 2005. Prior to this, Severson worked as a manager of business development for a marketing company, developing targeted marketing campaigns for Big G, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury, among others.

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