Instead of trying to answer the daunting question, “What did you accomplish?” which would paralyze even the most confident or arrogant professional, I create specific questions regarding budget, scope and impact to help break the client’s achievements into smaller and more digestible elements that are easier to tackle. These details also create a clear image of the impact of the work you’ve done, and often contain encompass the most brag-worthy elements of your abilities.
Below, I’ve included a few examples of the types of questions you should strive to address in your resume, as well as what these details showcase for potential employers.
Budget: This information adds valuable, quantitative information to your resume bullets to show the reader the scope of what you’ve worked on.
- What were the budgets of the projects that you worked on?
- How many vendors/suppliers/clients did you work with?
- Did you achieve a measurable cost savings that can be included?
Scope: These details compliment the quantitative information by showing the reading the context of the work that you did.
- How large was the company that you worked with?
- What sector/field was it in?
- What products/services did they provide, and who was their target customer base?
- What was their scope of operations?
- Where were their clients/branches located?
- How many clients did you work with directly and who were these entities?
- What were the values of these accounts?
Impact: It’s incredibly important to include measurable outcomes of the impact of your work whenever possible. This information adds a sense of why your work was important while demonstrating your capacity to make meaningful contributions to your company.
- What were the measurable results of the work that you performed?
- How much in new revenue did you generate over the course of your time there?
- Was there a quantitative improvement in efficiency, revenue, audience reach or client base during your tenure?