To capture attention and drive home your promise of value to your next employer, follow these suggestions when crafting bulleted statements describing critical contributions you’ve made to past employers:
→ For optimum impact, lead with the WOW result, instead of the actions you took to get there.
→ Monetize or quantify the WOW result whenever possible. Numbers speak volumes.
→ Link your personal brand attributes with your value proposition and ROI.
→ Keep each statement concise (3-4 lines at most) and to-the-point, surrounded by enough white space to make each one really pop.
→ Because space on a 2-page executive resume is at a premium, choose only your most impressive accomplishments to showcase your value proposition.
→ Group together no more than 5 achievement statements in a row. A list with too many bulleted items is dizzying for the reader.
→ Position a few of your most powerful achievement statements above the fold on the first page of your executive resume.
→ Replace lifeless, overused phrases like “responsible for” with robust actions verbs like:
Drove, propelled, launched, maximized, benchmarked, generated, innovated, monetized
Which of these achievement statements for a CEO – Global Operations Management do you think packs the best punch?
“Responsible for process improvements in each department, resulting in increased revenue, cost reductions and better quality metrics.”
“Increased revenue 28%, improved quality metrics 33%, and reduced costs over 25% spearheading continuous process improvements across all global business units (IT, HR, P&L, Accounting, Administration, Legal, and Customer Service).”
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