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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.

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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!

Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I have always had difficulties to studying the foreign languages. Anyway I'm trying to learn English, I don't want give up on obstacles.
I think that there are people more inclined to learning new languages than other. If you have more difficulties , you simply have to work harder to achieve your targets.

I read the article carfuly and I have some doubts:
1) In the text we have the word "organisation" with "S", so I'd like to know why the word can be writing with "S" (organisation) and with "Z"(organization) and what's the difference between them?
2) Is there a difference between the meaning of the verbs "to sell" and "to market"?
3) In the text we have two kinds of prepositions "within" and "by" used in the sentences "you need to complete a project within a deadline" and "you complete your project by the deadline", I'd like to know what the difference between them and when to used this prepositions.
Thank you :)

Hello Heloisa Valarelli Arruda,

1. In US English the word is spelled with a 'z'; in UK English an 's' is used. This is true of many words, including those ending in -ise. You can read more about spelling differences like this here:


2. Marketing someting means advertising it and making it available to buy. Selling something means that you give it to someone in return for money. It's possible to market something but not sell it, and it's also possible to sell something without marketing it.


3. 'By' and 'within' in this context have the same meaning: before the given date.



The LearnEnglish Team

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It's valuable information. Thanks.

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