If you google “optician resume template”, you’ll find a lot of resume models filled with roles and responsibilities such as:
- Verified that finished lenses are ground to exact specification.
- Heated, shaped or bent plastic or metal frames to adjust eyeglasses to fit clients, using pliers and hands.
- Repaired damaged frames.
- Measured customers appropriately for single vision, bifocals and progressives.
- Placed orders to various frame distributors and ophthalmic lens laboratories.
- Attended the New York International Vision Expo every year.
That seems about right, no? But there’s a problem. A huge problem, actually. Think of the opticians that you know. How many of them have done similar things? Probably most of them. Because that’s pretty much what being an optician is all about. There are differences here and there, but roles and responsibilities will often overlap. So if your resume is very close to a typical “optician resume template”, how is that helping you get interviews? After all, the best resumes are distinctive. They make you stand out, not blend in! So here’s a little something to help you make your resume stand out. It’s based on the 3 Laws of Resume Writing. And it’s not material that I made up. I found it by carefully studying good optician resumes.
5 Optician Accomplishments to Make your Resume Distinctive
- Provided supervision to all staff members, including training of apprentice opticians.
- Highest average sale per transaction in my office.
- Implemented monthly recall of patients, which raised daily number of store visits by 15%.
- Corrected problems in workplace safety and security by implementing and maintaining new company policies and procedures.
- Managed and scheded 500+ patients.
The benefit is the key component of each accomplishment: improved operations, more money, demonstrated leadership and reliability, … It’s even better when you can put a number to it. Accomplishments like these are the most critical pieces of your resume. Now read that last sentence again, because that’s the best resume advice you’ll get this month.
If you’re a fantastic employee but your resume is silent on many of your accomplishments, you’ll end up behind a less impressive employee whose accomplishments are all clearly laid out. And for that matter, an average employee with weak accomplishments better know how to network, since the resume alone won’t help much. (Actually, networking skills are critical to everyone’s job hunt. But let’s stick with the topic, if you don’t mind.)
Accomplishments are where it’s at. When you solve a problem, reduce costs, make something better/simpler/faster, when you show initiative, it has to be on your resume, without being drowned out by too many roles and responsibilities (i.e. the “we’ve-all-done-it” resume template material). In my view, half of the energy and time spent on your resume should be focused on your accomplishments. To write good accomplishments, you need to think of what your potential employer is thinking about (problems solved, better results, and so on) and emphasize that. If you go through 20 resumes of your peers, you’ll certainly find great accomplishments that you could adapt on your resume. I truly believe that is time well spent.
Many More Accomplishments, Just for You
However, I’ve already done that research… The 5 ideas above are just a glimpse of the full list of accomplishments I’ve assembled. If you’d like that well-rounded, unique list of real-world optician accomplishments, for just a few dollars, check out our e-book, Optician Resume Hacking, on Amazon. You can read it even if you don’t have a Kindle device.