Professional accomplishments

Summary to Specific: Free Bullet Point Writing Formula

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Stuck trying to craft stellar bullet points to describe your accomplishments on your resume? Move away from summaries to specifics. For example:

- Increased profitability and reduced costs within the first year and a half in position.

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- Added $1M net margin by reducing the cost of materials by 14.4% in the first 18 months of the position.

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Celebrating a Career Win - Officially a Published Resume Writer!

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I have a page 252! Can you believe it?! One of my resumes was included in the most recent release of Resume for Dummies (8th edition)

If you are a job seeker this book will guide you from a blank page to a visually stunning resume, rich with keywords and quantifiable career wins and stories to land your dream job.

Read more about the launch of the book and the other amazing resume writer contributors here.

I am going into the weekend celebrating being a PUBLISHED resume writer!!! 

What personal or professionals wins are you celebrating this week?

Fall back in Love with you Career: Three Simple Steps

Have you fallen out of love with your career? Rekindle the flame by seeing your career path anew with these three steps:

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❣️Look in the past. I’ve had jobs that I would never want to re-live again, but I can look back and be grateful for the skills I developed and how the role contributed to my overall professional development. What are you grateful for in your career past?

❣️Look at the present. Perhaps your work environment is a bit volatile or your gig is getting old. See with new eyes today. Look for a few things that you can be thankful for. Maybe it’s just the office (insert name brand) coffee or perhaps you are celebrating big career win - either way, note it.

❣️Look to the future. Recall your career dreams. What do you hope for? What seems too ‘crazy’ to pursue? Move one step forward in pursuing your dreams today. Then do it again tomorrow and then the next day. Success is achieved through small wins. Take a step.

What gets you giddy about your career?

Small Wins: A Daily Practice Boosts Creativity and Happiness at Work

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Are you happy at work?

We spend most of our time in the workplace and many of our feelings of success are tied to our professional identity.

Teresa Amabile & Steven Kramer in their book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement & Creativity At Work, call this our inner work life - the perceptions, emotions and motivations, that people experience and react to in the workplace.

Amabile and Kramer found that over 28% of small events trigger big reactions. In fact, seemingly unimportant events can have a huge impact on our inner work life.

This is where our positivity comes in. When we feel valued and have positive perceptions about our organization and executive leadership, we cultivate positive emotions and intrinsic motivation toward our work. We have greater flexibility, become creative problem solvers and negotiators and are better equipped to tackle setbacks.

How can you boost your positivity when your workplace is less than ideal? Note your small wins throughout the day and your progress in your work. Face challenges? Who doesn't!? Write down your plan of attack for the next day. Make this a habit and you will be more positive at work and also have a healthier inner work life.

Implementing this daily exercise at the end of each workday makes your professional wins easily accessible to share in an annual review and to update your resume each quarter.

Name That Tune: A Mantra That Changes Everything

🎶 “Every day, in every way, we’re getting better and better…we’re getting better and better”🎵

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This was the theme song to my kids’ track team last spring. At the end of every practice, after the kids ran their laps and cooled down, the team would gather in a circle, put their hands in and sing this song.

You know the funny thing? My husband and I still sing it. We sing it to each other. We sing it over our kids.

We are all a work in progress. If the goal is just to aim a little higher, do a little better – we can win each day even when it seems we aren’t getting very far. And you know what? It keeps me hopeful!

Aiming higher in the short-term adds up to long-term growth. You’ll look back and see how each small aim led closer and closer to a bullseye.

So put on your proverbial headphones and hum this tune in your daily efforts and all the way through the finish line of your accomplishments.

What goals are you trying to achieve by the end of the year?

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Wake Up Your Resume: Share Your Accomplishments

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Are you bored reading your resume? Guess what? Other people are too!

Brighten it up with new language. Ditch phrases like “responsible for” and “duties include.” Instead choose sharp, descriptive action verbs to detail your professional accomplishments.

That’s right, your accomplishments. No need to regurgitate your job description. Your reader is interested in YOU - the actual PERSON behind the job. Detail how you address challenges in front of you. Share your results! In fact, lead with them in your bullet points.

Your past accomplishments indicate your future value to a prospective employer. Greet your reader with enthusiasm and your unique value.

Need help with snooze-worthy bullet points? Wake up your resume with our free bullet point writing formula.

Small Wins Lead to BIG Success!

Celebrate small wins toward your long-term goal.

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I was reminded of the importance of small successes when potty training my youngest son a couple of weeks ago. Persisting toward your goal can be exhausting.

Celebrate each small victory! Small wins lead to BIG successes!

Go get 'em this week!

Move Forward in your Career: Speak Your Value

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Are you struggling to put words to your achievements or even claim them? You are not alone.

However, being cautious or unable to articulate your skills and experience incurs costs throughout your career especially when pursuing a promotion or a new job.

If you don’t find a way to speak about the value of what you’re doing, you send a message that you don’t put much value on it. And if you don’t value it, why should anyone else?
— Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith

Sally Helgesen & Marshall Goldsmith in their book, How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job recommend considering yourself as a product.

What are your most notable achievements that make you a trustworthy and likable product that people will want to buy? If you don’t know, spend a morning reflecting or journaling on the idea.

Once you have some thoughts, say them out loud to yourself with confidence, then to a couple friends or colleagues and so on.

Take time to believe in yourself! Do the work to proclaim your successes to propel your career forward.

Create Your Own Job: The Practice of Resume Writing

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I finally figured out a way to maximize my talents and get a better paycheck at my existing job.❞

I received this email from a resume coaching client last week about her new job - a promotion SHE created when a vacancy occurred in her company.

❝While we were reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, it occurred to me that I was just as qualified to do the job as any of the applicants. So I pitched the idea of absorbing the position and running my own department. Plus, it comes with a significant bump in pay.❞

Uncovering your value through the resume writing process gives you the courage to own it & speak up! How can you leverage your skills & achievements?