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Resume Tip Tuesday: 7 Ways to Show You’re an Overachiever

Posted September 24, 2013

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Resume Tip Tuesday: How to Show You're an Over Achiever

You’re extremely driven, invaluable to your team and an overall go-getter—but are you also good at selling yourself on paper?

If you're unsure, good news! Lou Adler, best-selling author of The Essential Guide for Hiring and Getting Hired and creator of Performance-Based Hiring recently wrote a post on 12 Ways to Spot a High Achiever. He says the best way to show that you’re a high achiever is by highlighting how others have recognized the candidate’s on-the-job performance.

Your experience should signal a high-achiever alert siren! While Alder’s post specifically talks about the job interview, we believe these tips can translate into your resume! So, pull up your resume and ask yourself, does your recent experience include at least one or more of the following?

1. A Challenging Project

“The best people, including engineers, accountants and sales reps, plus everyone else, are typically assigned tasks, clients and projects that are normally given to more senior people,” Alder says. So, if you gave a presentation with the senior-level staff or created a deliverable for C-level folks, make sure it’s easily scannable in your resume!

2. Something You Initiated Voluntarily

Did you take the initiative to wrangle a client? Did you volunteer to host a fundraising event? Or self-manage a side project? High achievers are always looking to go above and beyond without being asked, according to Alder.

3. Collaborating with Multifunctional Teams

“Managers assign their strongest staff members to critical team projects,” Alder says. So, if you were a part of a larger team on a successful project, include it in your resume! Managers love that kind of teamwork experience.

4. Working with Senior Execs

Being able to communicate and work with a high-level executive shows strong professionalism, judgment and reputation. Try and mention the high-level executive’s job title when you’re talking about an achievement. For instance, “Increased online traffic by 40 percent by collaborating with vice president on multiple marketing campaigns.”  Boom…impressive.

5. Promotions

This is an easy one– anytime you were promoted or handed more responsibility, mention it in your resume. If you were promoted in a short time, make sure you emphasize that.

6. You’re the “go to” person for something

If your coworkers habitually come to you about a particular hard or soft skill, mention it in your resume. Managers look for where you’ve been “recognized for outstanding work and where you’ve coached others," Alder says.

7. Formal Recognition Outside your Department

“The best people have reputations beyond their department and function. It could be a company award, a white paper, a fellowship, speaking at a conference, or assigned for special training,” he says. So, if you have it…flaunt it!


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Ritika Trikha

Ritika Trikha is passionate about scoping out top-notch job advice in the career-sphere to help you find a job you love. Ritika has 99 problems but an unhappy career isn’t one! She’s a writer and an optimist (and Jay Z’s No. 1 fan). When Ritika’s not writing stellar advice articles, she’s obsessing over social media. Connect with her via CareerBliss Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+! Contact Ritika at ritika.trikha@careerbliss.com.

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