Resume Accomplishments: What to Avoid Worksheet

Job Search Writing – Resume Sections

Practice with this Resume Accomplishments: What to Avoid Worksheet to get a feel for the type of information that should stay off your resume. By completing 10 exercises, you can improve your job search writing skills by recognizing when something should be omitted.

Instructions

For each of the exercises below, decide if the information should be included in a resume accomplishments section by circling yes or no. Give an example of how the accomplishment could be rewritten when you determine it should be excluded.

  • Increased worker productivity by 100 percent over a three-week period.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Increased local Catholic church fundraising revenue by 30 percent over a six-month period.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Created a computer network supporting 20,000 users in three weeks.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Improved customer service relationships by increasing communication and developing faster solutions to resolving customer complaints. Satisfaction increased by 90 percent from 1992-1993.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Worked closely with an international development team to create policies and procedures to address high levels of internal employee theft. The resulting policies reduced employee theft by 93.8 percent.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Planned, developed and implemented an employer satisfaction initiative that increased employee satisfaction by 40 percent and employee retention by 80 percent.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Increased worker productivity by 30 percent over a three-month period.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Developed marketing campaigns for more than 300 companies with a 100 percent success rate of increasing sales by at least 30 percent after six months.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Selected and managed investments in banks, insurance and biotech that demonstrated 30 percent growth over the course of six years.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?

  • Planned, implemented and coordinated an ongoing staff program that educated staff on the safest practices for surgical procedures to create overall well-being for patients. Over three years the program has increased patient safety and comfort by 60 percent, as rated by patients.

  • Include in resume accomplishments? Yes/No

    If no, how would you rewrite the information?