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Andrew Arkley|April 30, 2014

CV Responsibilities And Achievements

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Observing the working world, you will quickly find that there are those which seem to think that the responsibilities of their job are more of a suggestion than a requirement.

Therefore, when these individuals actually perform the duties associated with their job, that person sees their professionalism as an achievement worthy of notice. 

As the onlooker, you see the individual and wonder why such attention is being given to a task which was part of the job description to begin with.

You can see the problem which arises from the employee who thinks that the two are interchangeable, this distinction may not be clear in their CV. 

It is paramount that you understand that responsibilities and achievements should be separate on your CV if you wish to present yourself to a potential employer as professional and worthy of hiring.

What responsibilities tell the potential employer

When constructing a CV, the responsibilities section is usually titled ‘experience’. In this section you should list your employment history and the responsibilities associated with each job. 

The responsibilities are important so that your potential employer knows that you can follow instructions in a professional environment. 

It is important that you do not over-embellish your responsibilities for any prior employment. This is especially true of applicants at an executive level where competition is fiercer and they face greater scrutiny.

Link your responsibilities to your skills

Responsibilities frame your skills. For example, if you have stated that one of your skills is professional transcription, you would want the potential employer to know that you have worked for a law firm performing transcriptions and shorthand. 

Notice that we’ve mentioned the skill of transcription and then added more information to highlight that skill. 

It would not be appropriate to state a skill not applicable to the position for which you are applying.

Potential employers want to see the specifics of the skills which you have presented. Without examples which show how you have applied those skills, the claims are without merit and are generally discarded.

Achievements in your CV

Going beyond what is required is what constitutes an achievement. 

These are things which are worth noting. However, you need to ensure that your achievements are not just responsibilities. 

If you were expected to perform at a certain level and you performed under par, achieving the level required may be a personal achievement; however, it’s not one to note on a CV. 

On the other hand, if the company required you to meet a certain level and you can prove that you far exceeded their expectations, this should be noted. 

Individuals who desire careers in financial institutions or executive roles should show how they exceeded profitability and production using their management skills.

Where achievements can focus on your skills, they can also focus on other areas.

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Use specific examples

A potential employer may be interested in knowing you received perfect attendance awards for ten years at your former job. This type of achievement shows the employer that you are punctual, professional, and loyal. 

If there is a specific example you can use to show your leadership and professionalism, this would be a great place to do so. 

You should exercise caution when addressing your role in major corporate events. You should show how you played your part in the overall outcome, but never take full credit for the achievement. 

An employer wants a team player that takes charge, not someone that tries to do everything on their own.

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The importance of separation

Keeping responsibilities and achievements separate in your CV is necessary in order to evoke the responses desired from each section. 

When an employer reviews the responsibilities, you want them to understand that you can perform the tasks of the position for which you are applying. Responsibilities should cater to the specific interests of the role. 

Achievements show how you can exceed others’ expectations of you. This is critical when the unemployment rate is in the millions. Establishing yourself as extraordinary will ensure that you are a memorable candidate.

Make sure you have a professional CV

Writing a CV which is formatted in a professional manner can be a daunting task. From the correct format to the correct content, you may feel overwhelmed. 

PurpleCV can help you in your CV needs. Offering different levels depending on your career needs, you can feel confident that your CV will be to a standard that shows professionalism and uniqueness. 

Highlighting your responsibilities and achievements in your CV, PurpleCV will ensure that you stand a head higher than the competition. Check out our CV Writing Services for more information or contact us today.

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