You Are What You Achieve! Why You Should Use an Accomplishment Based Resume.

You’ve posted your resume to the big box job boards, applied to corporate websites, blasted your resume to hundreds of sites, and hoped and prayed while waiting for a response.  Nothing happens – No phone calls, no emails, and no text messages from recruiters saying they loved your resume and would like to meet you.  What could be amiss?


If you used the SAME exact resume for every job application, that could be your problem. Resumes are not one size fits all.  Your resume is more than just a laundry list of previous jobs and responsibilities.  It should be a specific advertisement of how great you are for the job you are applying!  Let’s take a look at the specifics of an accomplishment-based resume.

What is Accomplishment-Based Resume?

An accomplishment-based resume focuses on your achievements as they relate to the specific job you are applying.  The resume lists the achievements, awards, innovations, inventions, and the ingenious of who you are and the skill set you have to offer.  Let’s look at an example of an Administrative Assistant who makes travel arrangements as part of their job: 

Responsibility-based statement:

“Duties include arranging travel, scheduling meetings, and managing a 10-line switchboard.”

Accomplishment-based statement:

“Saved $250 per round-trip airline ticket while arranging domestic and international travel for senior executives.”

In this example, the responsibility-based statement says this person performed a job ( Boring…..chances are there will not be a phone call).  The Accomplishment-based statement says this person not only performed their job, but saved the company money while doing it.  This speaks of initiative and creativity which is essentially creating value to the company.  A recruiter would be more likely call this person to find out more ways this person created value while performing their job duties.

How to create an Accomplishment-Based Resume

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As you think about how to create your accomplishment statements for your resume, ask yourself a few questions:

1. When was I the most proud in my previous/current position?

2. What steps did I take to complete the task or fulfill the responsibility?

3. What was the final outcome and who was positively affected by the task or my efforts?

As you answer these questions, you will find yourself with a list of accomplishments, value statements, and skills to add to their resume. Instead of stating job responsibilities, you can illustrate how effective you are in performing job duties.  In essence, painting a complete picture of a professional and not just a worker.  You can use the answer to question 3 above to create the accomplishment-based statement for your resume.

Businesswoman shouting her victory to the worldEnding Thought: Successful professionals do three things: make money, save money/time, and create something new.  Successful job seekers create accomplishment-based resumes and include these three values within their accomplishment statements.  Taking this approach could lead to the phone call for an interview and the job of your dreams.

Good hunting!

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Holly Bunn is a resume writer, career coach, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology. She is sought out as a subject matter expert on resumes, LinkedIn, job search, and career management. Holly has delivered job search workshops and written resumes for hundreds of job seekers who have secured interviews and landed jobs. Her clients experience success almost immediately after applying her winning techniques.  For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or


9 Reasons Why Recruiters May Ignore You on LinkedIn

If you’re a movie buff you may remember one of the famous lines from Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) when he asks the often defiant Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr) for help because Tidwell rejects every piece of advice Maguire gives him. Maguire begged Tidwell, “Help me…Help me, Help you!” and take his advice so he could help him become a top player in the game.

As a career coach and resume writer, I can relate to Maguire’s plea.  If you just do a few small things to your LinkedIn profile, it could make all the difference in the world.  Your LinkedIn profile is a tool that helps lead to the ask for your resume.  A well-written resume may never see the light of day with a poorly created LinkedIn profile.

To help you increase your chances of being found by recruiters on LinkedIn, I created a video that includes ways to help you improve your LinkedIn profile.

Below is a list of 9 tips to help keep you in the game:

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Career Talk with Holly Bunn: You’ve been laid off, now what? (Show Notes)

Thank you for listening to my Blogtalk radio show on what to do once you’ve been laid off.  If you missed the show, listen to the recording here: Career Talk with Holly Bunn: You’ve been laid off, now what? (EP07)

During the show I revealed my best tips for survival once you’ve been laid off or find yourself unemployed.  Below are show notes for your reference.

What To Do As Soon As You Are Laid Off 


  • Don’t panic.  Pray – be grateful for what you have and be thankful for what’s coming.
  • Prepare the family – be honest and tell them what’s going on because life will change a bit, even if temporarily.  This will be a hard transition, if you panic.  The family will panic if you panic.  If you are calm, they are calm.finances
  • Evaluate your finances: your lifestyle may change a little as a result of being laid off or unemployed. Decide what you will temporarily give up, adjust, or change until you land a new job.  Reminder,  the job search can take 2-3 months.


  • File for unemployment – Google unemployment for your state and follow instructions on how to file.  File for SNAP Food stamp benefits – please do not be too proud to ask for these benefits.  In some cases, you are eligible for emergency cash and food benefits for a couple of weeks until your unemployment starts.
  • Formulatkeep-calm-and-i-have-a-plane a job search plan – target the job you want. A focused job search plan creates optimism, hope, and direction – a purpose.  Decide if you want the same job you had or is this an opportunity for a promotion, new career, or time to start your own business.   Listen to Episode 5 of my show archives on creating a job search plan.

DAYS 3 – 5

  • Prepare your tools: Resume, Social Media profiles starting with LinkedIn. Invest this time.  It will pay off in the end.  For more information on preparing your resume, listen to Episode 6 of my show.
  • Prepare your workspace: (listen to Episode 5 for more detail)

WEEKS 2 – 3


  • Apply for jobs only after you are prepared (Days 1 – 5)
  • Register with temporary agencies and/or headhunters.
  • Become a consultant  or start your own business. 

What NOT To Do As Soon As You Are Laid Off 

  • Do not look for a job on Day 1.  The key to a successful job search is preparation. You will be frustrated and your job search prolonged if you don’t have a plan or the tools in place.
  • Do not go on vacation, make large purchases, or go on a shopping spree with your severance.
  • Do not post, tweet, email, or otherwise broadcast that you are unemployed and looking for opportunities.  You will appear desperate.  Instead, post interesting information that shows you are an expert in your field; keyword optimize your social profile for the job you are targeting.

Social Media Tips

  • Remove or hide anything that would be a challenge for you being a credible candidate.
  • Remove/hide pictures and videos of alcohol, violence, nudity, or other risque photos and videos.
  • Do not use profanity in status updates or references to drugs.
  • Omit spelling and grammar errors on status updates. (Grammarly is free and checks grammar/punctuation of all posts automatically)


Top Job Search and Employment Resources 

Job boards:,

Job search aggregators:

Social Media: (Episode 2)
Twitter, (Episode 3) for networking

 Unemployment Resources: 


Losing a job is not the end of the world. It’s a change, a new chapter.  Preparation is key.  Remain calm and rest in the fact that you have a plan and it will work if you stick to it.  It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!  Be encouraged.  Your next job is in sight.

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Holly Bunn is a resume writer, career coach, and motivational speaker with more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources, recruiting, and technology.  Her clients have secured interviews with Fortune 100 companies.  She is sought after as a subject matter expert on LinkedIn and has delivered workshops and speeches to hundreds of job seekers.  For more information on career coaching or resume help, contact Holly at (305) 791-6965 or