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Writing Accomplishment Statements

Come appraisal time, everyone is a-twitter. It’s time to stake your claim to a larger slice of the pie and pen down concrete reasons for why it should be yours – the accomplishments list.

A well-formulated accomplishment statement is your ticket to a good appraisal. It 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. E.g. What steps you took or what techniques you used.

How to Write a great Accomplishment Statement

  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 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 on a weekly basis.”
    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.”

Accomplishment Statements Examples

  • 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 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 of 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?

Final Hints

To help create 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


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