Writing Accomplishment Statements

Accomplishment statements describe your achievements in the experience section of your resume. Sometimes students struggle with elegant self-promotion, but there is a handy formula you can use to evaluate and promote your experience.

APR (Action + Problem/Project + Result)

"APR" makes highlighting accomplishments easy. Think of a project you completed or problem you solved during a job or volunteer experience. Choose an action verb that describes your approach. Then describe the results you achieved, quantifying results when possible. Here’s an example:

Coordinated +
three fundraising events for local shelters +
which raised more than $8,000 (20% over goal) and greatly improved community awareness.

Action Verbs

When writing your resume, you may experience verb fatigue. This list will help.

Adapted

Delegated

Fostered

Observed

Screened

Administered

Delivered

Founded

Operated

Selected

Advised

Demonstrated

Generated

Organized

Served

Analyzed

Designed

Guided

Participated

Set up

Applied

Determined

Harnessed

Performed

Sold

Arranged

Developed

Illustrated

Persuaded

Solved

Assisted

Directed

Implemented

Planned

Streamlined

Balanced

Earned

Improved

Prepared

Structured

Billed

Edited

Innovated

Presented

Supervised

Briefed

Eliminated

Instructed

Produced

Supported

Carried out

Enabled

Introduced

Programmed

Surpassed

Communicated

Enforced

Invented

Provided

Surveyed

Compiled

Enhanced

Launched

Published

Targeted

Completed

Established

Led

Received

Taught

Computed

Evaluated

Maintained

Recommended

Teamed with

Conducted

Expanded

Managed

Reduced

Tested

Controlled

Expedited

Mastered

Reorganized

Trained

Coordinated

Facilitated

Mediated

Reviewed

Tripled

Created

Filed

Monitored

Revised

Utilized

Defined

Formed

Negotiated

Scheduled

Wrote