Separating Achievements From Duties

Executives often struggle with separating achievements from job duties when preparing a résumé. To try and shed some light on the topic, Tony Vlahos, Host of ExecuNet Master Class, asked a panel of ExecuNet Career Strategists to explain if the résumé should be about things the job seeker has been responsible for or things they achieved.

Don Weintraub, Head of ExecuNet’s Career Strategists Group, says it’s a good idea to have both, but don’t mix-n-match. There’s a section of achievements and one for accomplishments. Don suggests telling the reader why you were hired and what you were responsible for. Then you bullet 3-5 accomplishments with metrics for the most recent job or two. After that, you diminish as you go back in your job history. Résumé readers want to know titles, duties, budgets, reports, etc. But ultimately they are far more interested in accomplishments with metrics… and that’s what is commonly left out of a résumé.

Listen to this excerpt from the master class to hear Don Weintraub talk about separating achievements from duties on a résumé.

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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