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Achievements are efforts that produced positive results. These need not be resounding successes and can include partial failures that created unexpected benefits. Achievements are relative to your talents, opportunity, role and powers. Effort alone isn't an achievement -- an identifiable positive outcome is required. The following are examples of professional, academic and personal achievements.


Increasing revenue or a metric that maps to revenue such as conversion rate. A primary type of work achievement.
Optimized design of site to improve conversion rate by 17%.
Closed monthly recurring revenue of $1.4 million in the quarter.
Launched a streaming media service that produced $44 million in revenue in its first year.


Reducing overhead or unit costs.
Partnered with local farmers to reduce the cost of organic ingredients by 14%.
Eliminated inefficient and legacy software packages to streamline processes and reduce recurring license costs by $122,000 a year.
Developed an algorithm that shipped orders by the cheapest delivery partner for a given timeline, destination and package. Decreased delivery costs by $277 a day.


Producing more in an hour of work.
Created a client proposal template that reduced proposal development time by 10%.
Reengineered the billing process to set up bills in 4 business hours. This was a large improvement over the longstanding process that took at least 3 business days.
Implemented a process of assembling frame elements in the shop for delivery to the worksite. This reduced construction time by 20 days for a $18 million job with a hard deadline.


Improving the value obtained from resources.
Installed an automatic lighting system that reduced electricity consumption by 8%.
Experimented with companion plantings to improve the yield of our school's vegetable garden by 30%.


The process of managing people, processes and projects.
Recruited a team of 14 AI Engineers in less than 4 weeks to jumpstart an aggressive development schedule.
Scaled up production by 1400% in two years to meet demand by launching 4 new production lines.
Cleared issues and pushed team to turnaround a $18 million IT project that was 4 weeks behind schedule. Achieved full closure of project to client satisfaction.

Agent of Change

Changes that you sponsored or executed.
Sponsored an initiative to implement strict privacy controls on customer data. Decreased information security incidents related to customer data from 281 per annum to zero.
Reached out to local chefs to help us improve school lunches to be more healthy for students. Increased vegetables by 30% and decreased sugar and simple starches by 22% in lunches provided by the school.


Improving things for the customer or your internal clients.
Improved order turnaround time to less than 8 hours, an improvement of 40% by semi-automating order picking.
Retired unpopular design features and streamlined product to improve rankings in ecommerce channels from 3.1 to 4.3 stars.
Built deep relationships with customers and quickly acted on issues and inquiries to reduce churn rate by 70%.

Work Quality

Doing your job at an unusual level of quality or diligence.
Delivered high quality carpentry to achieve high rankings with customers and a low callback rate. Received less than 15 callbacks on thousands of service calls.
Delivered high quality patient care with no complaints or issues over my 14 years at _________ hospital.
Delivered creative graphics working closely with clients to achieve a 94% client acceptance rate for corporate logos.


Dealing with challenges, obstacles and problems that others do not face.
Helped to care for a sick family member for approximately 22 hours a week while also studying hard to achieve an A average at school.

Awards & Recognition

Listing any recognition you have received from organizations, teams and institutions.
Won salesperson of the year in 2026 and 2028 with the highest sales in the entire firm.
Awarded the ____ scholarship by achieving a GPA of 3.8.
Awarded the hotel's leadership award by championing an initiative to increase upsell revenue with a visual that shows customer's available room upgrades.


Academic achievements such as degrees and awards. You can also include achievements related to school activities, academic contests, research projects and special accomplishments related to your academic career.
Graduated from _____ University with a B.S. in Physics with honors.
Made the honor roll with a GPA of 3.9.
Improved in the subject I find most challenging, Mathematics, by sticking to an ambitious study schedule. Increased my grade from 60% in grade 11 to 92% in grade 12.
Won the state robotics competition and placed 4th in the national competition.
Founded the school's first ever chess club and recruited 14 members.
Developed a revolutionary algorithm for an AI committee machine that has received approximately 500 citations less than two years since publication.

Personal Achievements

Achievements in any area of your life including interests, hobbies, sports, cultural participation, volunteering, school and community life. These need not be measurable.
Cycled from the UK to Japan in 5 months.
Organized and lead a dance team of 80 yosakoi dancers to participate in three traditional festivals each year. Won second place in a contest with 120 teams.
Served as captain of the ______ hockey team and scored 33 goals in the 2027 season.
Started a painting business that employed 23 students each summer.


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