How to Explain your Accountabilities in your Resume
Hiring managers and recruitment consultants are interested in finding out the purpose or value or contribution of what you did, not just the tasks you undertook or the duties of your jobs. They often already know the types of duties and tasks that comprise the jobs you have done because they are relatively standard between organisations. In addition, most hiring managers will have undertaken that type of job earlier in their careers or they have managed people doing that job for many years. Recruitment consultants will have recruited to similar positions on numerous occasions and will be familiar with the main duties of the job. Therefore, spelling out your duties can be a waste of space.
The reader is more interested in the level of your accountability and the purpose of what you were or are doing. They want to know what you were or are accountable for ensuring or achieving in undertaking the tasks or duties comprising your job. This means you need to delve into the purpose and the value each role has been designed supposed to add to the business of the organisation.
It is important to indicate the core or underlying purpose of each role: what, at the end of the day, the role was designed to contribute to the organisation. The question to answer are: why does this role exist, what value is the role supposed to add to the business of the organisation?
This level of information helps potential employers and recruitment consultants understand, in a nutshell, what you are or were required or asked to achieve in the job and helps them understand the level at which you were or are working. This in turn helps them determine whether you are capable of operating at the level of the positions for which you are applying.
Providing the reader with information at this level, will also help differentiate you from the competition because most people don't go to this depth. It will provide employers with greater insight about your abilities and the level of responsibility you have had. It will help convince employers that you know what you are talking about and have thought through your value to the organisations with which you have worked.