Highlight Your Unique Accomplishments With Your Resume By Jeremy Cyrus 07/17/2012
Whether you're filling out your resume from scratch or using our free resume builder, your goal should be to tell employers why you're a uniquely qualified candidate for the job who cannot be replaced by another candidate. One thing many applicants don't realize is that anyone can follow orders. Of course, it doesn't mean that being able to follow orders isn't important—but not everyone can go above and beyond the call of duty and achieve greater accomplishments for their workplace.
When you fill out the "work experience" section of your resume, your first impulse is probably just to list everything which you were assigned to do at your past workplaces. By all means, list your job duties—but also list what you really did on the job, not just what you were told to do. If your job was customer service, instead of just talking about what you were assigned to do, why not talk about how you excelled beyond your job description to help others and really make a difference? Were you able to help a foreign language customer no one else could communicate with? Did you process more customers in a given time period than any of your co-workers? Did you put in overtime to help out during a crisis?
Likewise, don't forget to fill in your education section with extra information. It isn't enough to just say which university you graduated from and what GPA you earned—you should also say what you did in school that was unique. Did you do a special project which won an award or was exhibited to your community? Were you the leader of a school project which helped out your community or your college in some way?
Always look for opportunities to show potential employers that you are a leader.
Be someone who can take orders, but also be someone who is self motivated and can take projects to new levels and guide others who need help. These qualities are uncommon and will make employers see that they can count on you to bring more to the table than they are asking for. It will also show employers that you value yourself as an individual—and that they should do the same.
There are probably numerous candidates who can fill any position you are applying for and do it well. Your task is to persuade a potential employer reading your resume that in spite of this, you are the only person who can do the job. And the only way to do that is to show the hiring manager that you can do more than the job description calls for and deliver more than the other candidates as a result. Just doing this will set your resume ahead of many others and push you that much further beyond the competition. Your motivation makes you unique as well, so tell employers why you want the job—not just to make money, but because something special about the company or position appeals to something unique in you.