Welcome to Module 3 – Capturing, Celebrating & Writing Your Achievements
Now that you have gained more awareness of your strengths and transferable skills, the next step is to be to write examples of how you have used these strengths which will be included in your resume. The examples are called achievement stories and they form the main content of your resume. A well-written achievement statement clearly demonstrates your strengths in a particular environment or situation. Writing the achievement statements also helps you to prepare for your interviews.
It is worth creating a ‘database’ of these achievement stories on all your key strengths to help you to recall your career journey and speed up writing resumes in the future. It also helps you prepare for an interview, where you will expand on these achievement stories to help the hiring organisation gain a better understanding of you. When you are working in a job, these achievement statements can be used for your annual performance appraisal and form part of your LinkedIn profile too.
Another advantage of creating a database of achievements is that you will be able to recall your career journey in much more detail than less prepared candidates. Secondly, you will also build greater awareness of what you enjoyed doing in your career to date. Finally, this awareness and readiness to talk about yourself will build confidence.
We use the CAR (Challenge + Action + Results) model to create achievement stories.
In the next page we will go through the CAR achievement writing model and provide you with a template and examples.