"I don't have any achievements, I really just do what I'm asked to do."
I regularly hear some form of this statement, and I understand. Many people are in positions where they feel like they are simply executing a list of tasks. When you feel like you are just performing the functions of your role, it can be hard to recognize achievements. But here is the good news:
Performed Tasks = Achievements
Almost every task you perform – regardless of your role – is in some way making an impact on the organization. For example, if you are sweeping floors you are helping to create a more pleasant environment for internal and external customers. You are also potentially helping to minimize risk. The point is that there is a reason that the floors need to be swept, and that reason points to an achievement.
That example might seem like a stretch, but it highlights that you can find achievements in even the most rudimentary task. Now consider how this applies to more complex tasks and you can see how much potential there is to highlight achievements.
If you are having a difficult time identifying achievements, I suggest that you start with your job description. For each task, ask yourself:
- What is the impact of performing this task?
- What does performing this task well look like?
Those answers will help you to identify achievements. As a bonus, they can also make it easier for you to excel in your role, which will make it even easier to speak to achievements in your resume (and get that next job!).