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We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

For Those of You That Lack Accomplishments

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: March 31, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I hear it all the time –

“I know I’m supposed to put results or accomplishments on my resume, but I don’t have any!”

“I have very little authority over what I do at my office. I do my work as I’m told. I have no outstanding results.”

If either of the above statements were true, the individuals who made them would have been out of a job long ago.

If You Haven’t Been Fired, then You Have Accomplished Something

Employers don’t keep staff on because it’s the nice thing to do. They retain staff that produce, that help the company to grow – or at the very least, to survive.

When I speak to an individual who claims to have no accomplishments, I ask – “If you were to quit your job today, how many employees would your company need to hire to replace you?”

Invariably, the answer is two or more.

Guess what? That’s an accomplishment. By taking over the duties of others, by wearing many hats, by being available for special projects and completing them in a timely manner, you’ve racked up an achievement. What’s more, you’re saving your employer the extra salary s/he would have to pay for that second or third employee.

That most certainly is an accomplishment.

An Accomplishment is Something That Benefits Your Employer

Don’t sell yourself short. Think of the extra projects you’ve done at work and the additional duties you took on when others were laid off. Determine how much you saved your company by being available for these tasks. Give that effort a dollar figure.

When you do, you have your first accomplishment that you’ll be putting on your resume.

  • Mary

    I quit a job and they did in fact replace me with two new employees. But how would you write this on your resume?

  • jordan

    “Invariably, the answer is two or more.”
    Here’s your variable answer: When I quit a job, I’ve never been replaced by more than one person.