Try to Quantify Accomplishments on Your Resume — Even If You’re a Student


Shreena writes:
I am applying for a summer undergraduate work placement in a
large company of opticians. One of the questions of the application forms is as follows: “Provide details of key achievements in your
current role including facts and figures and performance targets to
indicate the business outcome that resulted.”
Do I need to write about my role as a student at university? There are
no real business outcome that results from being a student.


The Career Doctor responds:
Thank you so much for asking this question. Everyone reading
this blog who knows a college student should be sure that
s/he reads my answer.
Most college students should leave college with two types of
experience: actual work experience gained through internships
and part-time jobs and practical experience gained through
class projects and papers.
When writing their resume most students don’t have too hard
a time describing work experience but one of the most
common errors I see is that students often discount those
class projects.
As the application states the company is looking for your key
achievements/accomplishments to date. If you have previous
work experiences list those along with their outcomes. But
don’t forget about those class projects.
For example at the university where I previously taught many major courses
required completing a project often with a real client. For example
in a marketing research class students might work with a local
business in uncovering a problem and suggesting solutions.
When describing those student experiences remember the same
rules that apply to describing your work experiences: always try to
quantify your descriptions focus on outcomes and project objectives.
A sample explanation of a student project:

Market Research Project for DeLand Electronics

  • Developed detailed SWOT Analysis
  • Assisted in writing survey questionnaire
  • Managed survey mail-out to 1000 residents
  • Compiled strategic solutions based on survey results

  • For more information consider reading this article on Quintessential Careers:
    For
    Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments
    .

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    Shreena writes:
    I am applying for a summer undergraduate work placement in a
    large company of opticians. One of the questions of the application forms is as follows: “Provide details of key achievements in your
    current role including facts and figures and performance targets to
    indicate the business outcome that resulted.”
    Do I need to write about my role as a student at university? There are
    no real business outcome that results from being a student.


    The Career Doctor responds:
    Thank you so much for asking this question. Everyone reading
    this blog who knows a college student should be sure that
    s/he reads my answer.
    Most college students should leave college with two types of
    experience: actual work experience gained through internships
    and part-time jobs and practical experience gained through
    class projects and papers.
    When writing their resume most students don’t have too hard
    a time describing work experience but one of the most
    common errors I see is that students often discount those
    class projects.
    As the application states the company is looking for your key
    achievements/accomplishments to date. If you have previous
    work experiences list those along with their outcomes. But
    don’t forget about those class projects.
    For example at the university where I previously taught many major courses
    required completing a project often with a real client. For example
    in a marketing research class students might work with a local
    business in uncovering a problem and suggesting solutions.
    When describing those student experiences remember the same
    rules that apply to describing your work experiences: always try to
    quantify your descriptions focus on outcomes and project objectives.
    A sample explanation of a student project:

    Market Research Project for DeLand Electronics

  • Developed detailed SWOT Analysis
  • Assisted in writing survey questionnaire
  • Managed survey mail-out to 1000 residents
  • Compiled strategic solutions based on survey results

  • For more information consider reading this article on Quintessential Careers:
    For
    Job-Hunting Success: Track and Leverage Your Accomplishments
    .


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