Writing Accomplishment Statements

A well-formulated accomplishment statement has two parts:

  • The results or benefits that came as an outcome of your work. These results/benefits should be stated in terms of the value-added and in as tangible and quantified a manner as possible.

  • The action you took to achieve those benefits/results. (What steps you took or what techniques you used.)

How to Write Accomplishment Statements

  1. Always start with an action word. 

    1. Good: "Responsible for leading team for classroom assignments." 

    2. Stronger: "Directed team of 3 classmates to complete an assignment on time."

  2. Use colorful and unique action words.

    1. Good: "Started a new program."

    2. Stronger: "Created and implemented a new mentoring program with 80% participation of residents."

  3. Avoid wordiness and unnecessary adjectives.

    1. "Provided training and mentoring to first-year students through superior planning."

    2. "Organized "Teapot Exhibit" for 30 artists presenting interesting work."

  4. Attempt to quantify at all times.

    1. "Handled $1,000 in transactions every week."

    2. "Routed over 100 calls daily to an Annual Giving staff of 10."

    3. "Planned 3 campus-wide teas per semester."

  5. When different elements are significant to the accomplishment, put them all in one accomplishment.

    1. "Developed relationship with a local merchant, which increased food offerings at the student-run Miner Coffeehouse and doubled profits."

    2. "Established recycling program in the residence halls which increased environmental awareness and decreased amount of trash by 10%."

  6. State first the benefit to the employer and then what you did to accomplish that result.

    1. Good: "Developed a marketing strategy that increased student involvement by 15%."

    2. Stronger: "Increased student involvement by 15% through a creative marketing strategy."

Examples of Accomplishment Statements

  • "Saved $60 a year in service charges by proposing and acquiring a checking account at a new bank for College Council."

  • "Instituted residence hall tutoring program that increased average overall GPA from a 2.9 to a 3.3."

  • "Increased membership in ABC student club by 50% through creative advertising."

  • "Presented training for a new campus-wide email system to approximately 30% of the student body."

Double-Check Your Work

You should be able to answer "yes" to each of the following questions for each statement:

  • Does the statement begin with an action word?

  • Is that action word as colorful and descriptive as possible?

  • Are all other words and adjectives as descriptive as possible?

  • Are all unnecessary words eliminated?

  • Have you quantified everything that can be quantified?

  • Has the statement been put in terms of interest to the employer?

  • Have the results been stated before the action that you took to achieve them?

  • Is the statement as clear and concise as possible?

  • Does the statement speak to only one accomplishment, unless appropriate to include two?

  • Is it true? 

When all the statements are finished, look at the whole list and check for these two things: 

  • Is there a variety of verbs used to describe similar events?

  • Is quantification stated in different ways for similar accomplishments? 

Some Final Hints

To help list your accomplishments, think of a time when you:

  • Increased profits

  • Reduced costs

  • Reduced errors

  • Reduced conflict

  • Reduced losses

  • Improved quality

  • Improved teamwork

  • Made things smoother

  • Made things easier

  • Did what couldn't be done

  • Sped things up

  • Foresaw a need

  • Foresaw a problem

  • Foresaw an opportunity

  • Found an easier solution

  • Found a cheaper solution

  • Found a new opportunity

  • Accomplished the same with less

  • Accomplished more with the same

  • Accomplished more than others

  • Prevented a problem

  • Protected against a hazard

  • Provided new resources

  • Solved a chronic problem

  • Developed a new procedure

  • Created something from scratch

  • Overcame obstacles

  • Received an award

  • Exceeded your KPIs