Non-Clinical Careers for Physicians.
Showcase Your "Home Run" Accomplishments, Part 2,
by William S. Frank
Accomplishments are written in the past tense, and traditionally begin with "action verbs" like implemented, initiated, designed and directed. Accomplishment statements are often written in two parts. The first tells what you did; the second tells the result. That's the "So what?" part. What measurable impact did your actions have? Here's what the format looks like:
Sometimes two, three or even twelve small achievements can be lumped together to make them sound better. For example: If you taught the same apherisis seminar every month for five years, that's fairly routine. But if you've taught the seminar 60 times with consistently excellent evaluations, that's exciting.
Sometimes companies abandon projects or shelve reports you've worked hard on. You still accomplished something even though they didn't use your work. Let's suppose you spent six months writing a report, and they shelved it. There's no "So what?" Nothing great happened. Your effort can still be written as an accomplishment, like this: "Designed research study, interviewed 438 people, collected data from 27 academic sources and presented 187 page strategic report to shareholders."
"The most valuable of all talents is that of never using
two words when one will do." Thomas Jefferson
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