How to identify your career achievements

How to identify your career achievements

This article will help you to think through and identify your career achievements so that you can showcase your skills and talents efficiently during job interviews and other networking opportunities.

Frankly, the more achievement stories you have in your bag, the easier it will be for you to showcase your expertise and talents.

Still, a lot of job seekers find it hard to recognise their achievements. They do not know how to identify their career achievements and accomplishments. And as a result, they do not make the most impactful and desirable impression.

So, if you want to make yourself and your work stand out against thousands of other candidates for the same job, and leave an impactful impression, you must identify your achievements and use them well in your job search journey.

And remember that your achievements are not just your special recognition, praise, awards, or letters of commendation you received in your workplace.

Your achievements and accomplishments at work are one or more of the following-


      • work-related tasks and responsibilities that you fulfilled successfully,
      • problems or hurdles you overcame while managing teams, departments, or projects
      • outstanding results you achieved with limited/fewer resources,
      • the personal initiatives you took to exceed your stakeholders’ expectations in the workplace,
      • unique strategies you designed to meet the objectives of your department or company,
      • the contributions you made to recognise and solve challenges before they become real problems


In reality, the career achievements are your most powerful means to convince the hiring authorities that you are the best fit for the job opening.

Your resume contains a short bullet-point version of your accomplishments. The cover letter demands a little more detailed paragraph version of your achievements. And job interviews require you to utilise a more detailed conversational style for telling your achievement stories.

So, spend some time to identify your specific career achievements.


Here’s a list of 15 things that you can count as your career achievement at work:


  1. Business goals you reached, or departmental results you achieved
  2. Special projects, committees, or task forces you were selected for
  3. Percentage of the operational cost you reduced or the amount of money you saved for your department or company
  4. New systems, processes, procedures, or ideas you designed, developed or implemented
  5. Percentage increase in your department’s or company’s productivity and profitability or revenue you achieved from your specific initiatives
  6. Unusually challenging business problems you solved that others did not see coming
  7. Major decisions or changes you contributed to
  8. Business results you achieved that had never been realised before at your company
  9. Projects you brought in under budget and before the deadline
  10. Needs you recognised and filled
  11. Special papers, reports, or presentations you were a part of
  12. Training and mentoring you facilitated to help others achieve their targets
  13. Standards and procedures you upgraded and critical issues you resolved
  14. Initiatives you took to improve communication or relations between teams and enhance the company’s customer service
  15. Special commendations and awards you received


Answer the following questions to jog your memory and identify your career achievements


Now that you have an understanding of the things you can add in your list of career achievements, here are a few questions designed to get you thinking about your accomplishments and recognise your career achievements in the workplace-

    • What things are you most proud of in your career?
    • How did your contribution as an individual or team effort produce remarkable results for your department or company?
    • What specific things are you known for in your team at the workplace?
    • If you quit your job, what positive things would everybody say about your work at your farewell party?
    • What compliments or praises have you received from your customers, colleagues, and senior managers?