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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
- Always start with an action word.
- Good: “Responsible for leading team for classroom assignments.”
- Stronger: “Directed team of 3 classmates to complete assignment on time.”
- Use colorful and unique action words.
- Good: “Started a new program.”
- Stronger: “Created and implemented a new mentoring program with 80% participation of residents.”
- Avoid wordiness and unnecessary adjectives.
- “Provided training and mentoring to first-year students through superior planning.”
- “Organized “Teapot Exhibit” for 30 artists presenting interesting work.”
- Attempt to quantify at all times.
- “Handled $1,000 in transactions on a weekly basis.”
- “Routed over 100 calls daily to an Annual Giving staff of 10.”
- “Planned 3 campus-wide teas per semester.”
- When different elements are significant to the accomplishment, put them all in one accomplishment.
- “Developed relationship with a local merchant, which increased food offerings at the student-run Miner Coffeehouse and doubled profits.”
- “Established recycling program in the residence halls which increased environmental awareness and decreased amount of trash by 10%.”
- State first the benefit to the employer and then what you did to accomplish that result.
- Good: “Developed a marketing strategy that increased student involvement by 15%.”
- 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?
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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