MBA Resume Tip: How to Translate Experience into Accomplishments
This guest post comes to us from Igor Khayet, founder of MyResumeShop.
You’ve had some great experiences working for a corporation, a non-profit, or the government, but how do you translate that onto your resume in an effective way? There are two major decisions that need to be made: choosing what is most relevant from your experiences and deciding how to translate this information into “resume language.”
Three Steps to Choosing Key Information:
Translating Experience into Achievement Bullets
Once you've decided which information and experiences to include on your resume, you'll need to translate those experiences into "resume language." In most cases, this will require you to translate years of work experience into concise, informative "achievement bullets."
A great achievement bullet is succinct (3 lines maximum, but usually 1-2 lines), and answers three primary questions: the context of the situation, your personal achievement, and the impact it had on the organization. Applicants usually spend way too much time on context and very little time on the important part: their personal achievement and impact. Let’s take a look at an example:
Even though the bullet is well written and includes numbers, it says very little about the action or impact and spends the majority of space discussing the business unit (which is of little importance). Remember that the 25% and 5% have nothing to do with the person's actions, but simply the size of the department. Here is an updated bullet.
The new bullet uses the same amount of space, but the focus is on how the model was built, what it includes, and how the model was used afterward (incorporated in company risk models). There are only four words that relate to the business unit ($8B global prepaid business).
With every achievement bullet you write, remember this example. If it helps, count the total words and then count how many of those words are being used to describe things that have no relevance to your actions or accomplishments.
Finally, remember that writing a great resume takes a considerable amount of time. If you only give yourself a few hours, this will be reflected in the quality of the work.
Igor Khayet is the President and Founder of My Resume Shop (www.myresumeshop.com). He is a former Admissions Interviewer for the Yale School of Management and a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches. Connect with him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/myresumeshop and Twitter: twitter.com/myresumeshop