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Résumé Tip: Think Accomplishments not Tasks!

If you tell me you are an Administrative Assistant, as an employer, I have a good idea of what types of duties you performed. What I don’t know is what kind of an employee you might be. Do you excel? Innovate? Exceed expectations? Produce results? Accomplishments are stories that highlight these attributes.

Kim Isaacs, Résumé Expert, writes that an accomplishment is “an example of how you contributed to your employer or it's an achievement that reflects the kind of worker you are. The most convincing accomplishments are measurable.”

For example, instead of saying “Taught 4th grade Math,” you might say, “Developed innovative Math Tutoring program that improved students’ test scores by 35%.” In her article on, Kim shares a method for brainstorming possible accomplishments and how to write them into your résumé. Check it out here: And take a look at this great article from the Daily Muse:

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