It is extremely important to use quantitative metrics to describe your achievements to make you stand out. Hiring managers want to know that you increased satisfaction, reduced costs or improved efficiency, and want to see numbers to prove it. The special recognition you have received needs to be on your résumé, otherwise, how will a hiring manager know that others think you’re a star employee?
The first thing you should do is collect this information. It will take a good chunk of time to dig into your past work history, but if you set up a system you won’t have to spend time in the future going back to find it once more. Keep separate folders to file all kudos, recognition and compliments that you have received via email.
Then, another folder for performance appraisals, and a Word or Excel document for all the projects you have worked on for which you received compliments or awards. Be sure to include dates and the specific recognition you received such as the name of the award or word-forword compliment.
Once you’ve created your system, you’re ready to translate your praise into applicable résumé material. Awards are easy because you can put those either as a bullet under the job where you received them, or if you have space and have received several awards, you should create a special section at the end of your résumé.
List the name of each award plus where and when you received it. Verbal and written compliments are more challenging to incorporate, but not impossible. Performance appraisals may or may not contain good content for your résumé, but they can be very helpful for finding good words about your work.
Here are some examples:
Compliment: “I’m very happy with how this project turned out and that you were able to deliver it on time.”
Résumé translation: “Redesigned project plan and strategy after encountered problems; recognized for ability to turn it around and finalize it on time.”
Performance appraisal: “Detail oriented professional with capability to rise quickly within the organization.”
Résumé translation: “[Name an example of a time when you’ve employed your ‘detail-oriented’ nature]; acknowledged by management for attention to detail and high potential for promotion.”
If you’ve received an email or letter of gratitude from a client, vendor or manager, highlight the specifics in the same way as the examples above.
Don’t neglect to include the compliments and recognition you’ve received on your résumé. Incorporating these details may be the deciding factor for a hiring manager who is considering you or another candidate with a similar background.