Be Specific With Your Successes to Get New Opportunities

July 3, 2018|

Your accomplishments are those things that you’ve successfully achieved and are the empowering force that drives you to your next destination, opening up the door to new opportunities.

The extraordinary thing about the newfound empowerment an accomplishment brings is that it means something different for everyone.

With its versatile definition, empowerment can vary depending on who you are, where you live, what you believe in and what your culture is.

To one person, it can mean accomplishing control over his or her own finances and household, and to another, it can mean negotiating equal pay at work or taking time to launch a new business.

No matter how you define your own empowerment through your achievements, the important thing is that you accomplished something great and now it’s time to leverage those experiences to create new opportunities.

Below are a few ways to help you leverage your achievements more effectively.

Describe how well you did it, not what you did.

When describing what you’ve done, keep it plain and simple. A duty describes what you did, while an accomplishment describes how well you did it. For example, “planned events” would be considered a job duty, whereas “raised $100,000 by selling out tickets to a 200-person charity event” is an accomplishment.

Why is this so important? You want to tell the person who is listening something that he or she doesn’t already know about you rather than simply share the obvious. By including your accomplishments, you paint a picture of your abilities — a picture that will better help sell and market yourself.

Make a List

Compile a list of all the accomplishments that set you apart. For each of the positions and accomplishments you’ve achieved, ask yourself the following:

  • What did I do that was above and beyond my normal job duties?
  • How did I stand out from others?
  • Was I ever recognized by a client, partner or supervisor for a job well done? When and why?
  • Did I win any awards or accolades?
  • What new processes did I implement to improve things?

Paint the Pictures With Numbers

Take your list and add in as many facts, figures and numbers as you can. How many people were affected by your work? By what percentage did you exceed your goals?

Instead of saying you “effectively managed a budget,” list how much money you managed and how much money you saved.

By quantifying your accomplishments, you not only make them easier to understand, but you also really allow the hiring manager to picture the level of work or responsibility you demonstrated to achieve this accomplishment.

Add the Benefit.

Finally, take each statement one step further and add in the benefit to your boss or your company. By doing this, you clearly communicate not only what you’re capable of, but also the direct benefit the decision-maker will receive. And let’s face it, everyone wants to know what’s in it for them!

So, say you have “created 20 client reports each month” on your list. Instead, write something like “created and prepared 20 weekly and monthly status reports to ensure clients consistently received timely and complete information.”

Reading that, a decision-maker will automatically see that, if he or she hires you, you’ll be able to develop ways to provide great service to clients. When you include the benefit, you more effectively sell the tangible things you can bring to the company.

Creating a bio full of accomplishments is the best way to show off what you can do and set you up to leverage those accomplishments in the most effective way.


For this and more on how to leverage what you’ve accomplished, contact Dub Taylor at or 205.454.7242. Be sure to use the hashtag #askDub to read more.

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