Assignment: Written Communication – Accomplishment Statements (Information for Faculty & Staff)

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Introduction

The purpose of this assignment is to help students develop accomplishment statements. When creating your resume, it’s important to include accomplishment statements anytime you are describing your experiences. Accomplishment statements communicate to the reader that you have achieved results and that you have developed transferable skills and career competencies necessary to be career and internship ready. Accomplishment statements should include the following: action verb, project, positive outcome. When applicable, provide numbers to quantify the outcome.

For this assignment, students are asked to:

  • Learn about writing accomplishment statements related to coursework for a resume by:
  • Define your course objectives use your syllabus or Course descriptions -UNT
  • Compare your notes with a peer
  • Demonstrate comprehension by completing one of these activities:
    • Write accomplishment statements for a project within course within their degree plan
    • Submit your accomplishment statements to your partner and get their feedback
    • Review their feedback and edit where needed
    • Submit your accomplishment statement for this course

Written Communication, Resumes, and Accomplishment Statements Intro Text

Today we are going to talk about the importance of written communication skills, accomplishment statements,  course projects, and your resume. What is written communication? It is clearly and effectively exchanging information, ideas, facts, and perspectives usually with the intent of getting your point across in writing. Unlike verbal communication which uses body language and tone of voice to express meaning and tone, written communication relies on grammar, punctuation, and word choice. Why are written communication skills important to employers? When you work for an organization, your written message is a piece of their brand. Your employer will want to convey a consistent image and message, as it reflects on them. How can you show you possess written communication skills to your employer? It all starts with that first point of communication, which is typically your resume. Your resume gives your employer the ability to assess your written communication skills as they relate to the job, the organization, and the industry. Your resume allows you space to write about your education, your course projects, your experience, and your skills through accomplishment statements.  What is an accomplishment statement? Statement of Action – What did you do? • Occurrence of Action – Daily, weekly, monthly • Amount of Action – 19, 50 or over 100 • Results – Increased, decreased, saved, taught • Example: o Statement – Trained new wait staff o Occurrence – Trained new wait staff on monthly basis o Amount – Trained over 15 wait staff on a monthly basis o Results – Trained over 15 wait staff on a monthly basis which increased customer satisfaction and sales of new menu items 3 quarters in a row. However, your written communication skills should never stop developing. It is important that you stay in practice. Positive improvements in these skills will have a positive impact on your relationships, your prospects for employment, and your ability to achieve your goals. Let’s practice!