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Awards and Achievements on a Resume

How to include awards on a resume?

You don’t see an awards section on most resumes. The reason is simple: people who receive important awards usually don’t need to send their resumes. However, if you’ve received an award that is highly relevant to your target position, don’t hesitate to include it. Here are some quick tips on how to do it:

  • Use only if it cannot be mentioned as part of your education or employment history. Scholarships can be included under the education summary. Awards you received an award for something you did as a part of your job, include it under employment history. If you were awarded for doing something outside of the usual scope of your work, however, display it proudly in your awards section.
  • Always include a date of recognition. Let an employer know you still have all the skills that earned you the prize.
  • Include the purpose of awards and accomplishment they recognise. For example: Earned Clio Music Award 2016 for Use of Music in the Best Ketchup advertisement campaign.
  • Scope of the award. Was it a regional award? National? Or even international? Be specific.

How to write an achievement section on a resume?

Another non-compulsory section. Listing your achievements on a resume is always a very effective way of catching employers’ attention. Still, there are better ways to do this than designating an entire section for them.

  • Consider significance. Only list achievements in a separate section if they’re notable enough.
  • Use other sections instead. Your entire resume should be about your achievements, not only one of its sections. Always try to include achievements together with your work history, education, or even hobbies.
  • Always quantify. A measured achievement is particularly impressive. Be specific when listing your achievements.

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