Creating your job search tools should help you identify your greatest achievements. The CAR technique will simplify this process and help you clearly show your skills.
The CAR technique gets you to think about:
This process will help you clearly explain your achievements during a hiring interview. It will also help you clearly explain them in a way that is precise and interesting in:
It is important to indicate that you played a role on a team and to explain your duties. But it looks much better to explain what you accomplished when you held that position.
Write about the moments in your life when you felt the most proud, such as when you finished a marathon or were congratulated by your boss.
Explore various aspects of your life: work, hobbies, studies, extra-curricular activities, etc. Don't just stop at your work-related achievements.
Try to determine if your involvement made a difference, such as the creation of a new website, a fundraiser or a department restructuring.
Then you can determine to what extent you made this change happen or contributed to it.
Reflect on the precise context in which you worked, on the actions taken and results obtained.
Find the right words to clearly communicate these achievements to your interviewers.
Explain it a bit like you would tell a story.
In these situations, have I:
During my supervised project at ABCD Inc., my supervisor asked me to find a solution that would simplify the process of preparing analysis reports for portfolio managers.
I met with the managers to learn about their process of preparing the reports. I gathered their suggestions.
I created an analysis model in Excel. I worked with the managers to test this model.
It cut preparation time by 30%. Instead of 6 hours, it now takes 4.
When I worked for PCQ Int., I was assigned to work with three colleagues to put a quality control system into place so the company could:
I met with the relevant departments to understand the quality control processes in place and to identify the changes that needed to be made.
I helped develop and implement the necessary improvements, created a guide and trained employees.
In an interview, you can take the time to explain your achievements, as indicated in examples 1 and 2, particularly if the recruiter has asked you to say more.
Be brief in your CV, your LinkedIn profile and your positioning statement. Limit yourself to a single sentence.
Reduced report preparation time by 30% by creating an analysis model tailored to the needs of the portfolio management team.
Helped implement ISO standard X, resulting in a 10% improvement in product quality and the company winning three new international contracts.