How do you achieve?
Achievements are a lot of things to a lot of different people. An achievement can be having the courage to do something you are afraid of and being able to overcome it, being recognised for an accomplishment, completing a task. An achievement is the recognition of a set milestone on a path you have taken. But overall the only person who knows what you have achieved is you, they are your achievements and what you do with them is driven by you.
Why are achievements important for CV’s?
Your CV is how you market yourself to recruiters and employers. It is important to show your crowning achievements to demonstrate your character. A problem with this is how do you show yourself clearly? You are likely reading this having completed college or university, everything you have ever done previously has defined you, big or small it matters. You want to take yourself and condense for your CV, how do you define what is the most important?
Write out everything you have ever achieved and cherry pick the most relevant to you and the job types you apply to
Adding depth to your achievements
Employers love motivation, It allows them to see a clear picture on what drives you. They can use this to measure how you will impact them. When you write your achievements describe the core reason behind why you did them, maybe for adventure, maybe to learn. At first glance, you may not think how achievements translate to a work environment but your core drivers can be replicated to any situation.
Completing this is an achievement, it is the breaking of a barrier, you did what many have not done. You pushed your limits and given the proper support you could be the person that pushes a team forward, creating new growth by pushing the limits of what is possible.
“I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome a fear, I didn’t hold back, I proved to others I could do it, I took a risk and it paid off”
This short statement is impactful, you were a person able to achieve goals from outside your comfort zone. It gives a clear message and now everyone who reads your CV knows more about who you are.
By using the above process for each of your achievements you are giving yourself a chance to reflect on your yourself. It is both the act of discovery and empowerment. Often the retrospection of yourself might surprise you in what you learn, and I hope that in finding out much more about yourself you are able to offer much more value to others. By knowing more about yourselves will give you more confident in searching for your next job.
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”
– Theodore Isaac Rubin