Achievement is an important competency given that the more you can achieve, the better your prospects will be when it comes to looking for a new job.

Business Magazine - Achievement


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What is Achievement?

Achievement is what you have done of significance at work which has benefited your company or organisation. Think about your work achievements. Or even your life achievements - these are the successes that you have had so far. Perhaps you have just passed your driving test, or maybe after many years of trying, you have learnt to swim. This is an achievement as it is something you have worked hard for, and in the end the results have been successful.

Why is this important?

In our lives it is important to have objectives so when you have reached them you can say you have some achievements. Think about when you were younger, and your ambitions. Maybe you wanted to become a doctor, so you studied hard, and you finally became a doctor. Perhaps you wanted to have a house with a big garden. Can you remember the day you fulfilled this dream? These are personal achievements and they give you the feeling of self-satisfaction, confidence, and happiness. Let us now take a look at your work achievements. When you have achievement at work it means that you are working towards goals normally set by others, but they can be set by yourself, too. Perhaps you have to reach a sales target, or you need to complete a project within a deadline, or perhaps you need to see clients or customers and help them in some way. If you succeed in helping them, or you reach your sales target, or you complete your project by the deadline, you have examples of achievements. Striving for achievements shows determination and tenacity. 

How can you show you have this competency?

If you have a job interview and you want to demonstrate your achievements you need to think about different situations you have been in, the actions you have taken, and the results of these actions. Perhaps you have had a difficult customer, how have you dealt with that person? Did your action benefit your organisation? In what way? If your results were successful, state this either in your job application, or in your interview.
Think about the skills which you have which make you attractive and valuable as an employee. Remember the more achievement you can give as examples, the more you can sell and market yourself for the job. 

How to improve this skill

If there is a goal which seems difficult to achieve, don’t give up easily. If you can understand your goal and work towards it this will show that you have the potential to achieve. You need to be able to face obstacles and be determined enough to meet targets. Think about a time where you have had to take “no” for an answer, did you just accept it? Don’t just accept it, find out why the answer is “no”.
Also ask for feedback as this can give you an indication of how you are doing. You could compare this to learning a language, for example, if you find some grammar difficult you can always ask your teacher for feedback on your exercises. You can apply this rule to the workplace as well and if you are not sure of how you are progressing, ask!



please if you explain this word for me which say ´´think about a time where you have had to take 'no' far an answer. ?????

Hello basil.rasul95,

This is a phrase which is usually used in a negative sense:

He wouldn't take 'no' for an answer.

When we say this we mean that the person ('he') insisted very strongly. Even when someone said 'no' he still continued, determined to get agreement. The question, therefore, asks you to think about a time when you had to accept a negative answer, even though you very much did not want to.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, is there any different between 'client' and 'customer'? Many thanks

Hello johnnyhey,

In many contexts both words are possible but I think there is a difference.

A customer is generally a person who buys something. This may be in person or online.

A client is a more general word for a person using what a business offers. This may mean buying something or it may be a service such as legal advice.

All customers are clients but not all clients are customers.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
Many thanks for your reply and patience!

Hello. Does "with the aim of" have different meaning than "in the aim of"?

Hello Mardashka,

'with the aim of' + a gerund is a common way of talking about an intended result. Off the top of my head, 'in the aim of' doesn't sound natural to me so I'm not sure what meaning it might have.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
sorry for bother you, could you explain the different meaning for the following phrases:
1- you need to complete a project within a deadline.
2- you complete your project by the deadline.
why at first phrase we us " within" and in the second one we use " by "
Thanks in advance

Hello Nermeen Eletriby,

There is no real difference in meaning between 'within the deadline' and 'by the deadline'. Both 'by' and 'within' mean 'before' in this case.

There are other differences between the two sentences ('need to' and 'the' vs 'a'), but I assume you were asking about the prepositions. If you have a question about something else, please feel to ask us again -- the more specific your question, the better.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir,
could you explain what (So) meaning in this phrase : (In our lives it is important to have objectives so when you have reached them you can say you have some achievements.) Is this a conjunction and if so why they don't put comma before So .
thanks in advance