Top 5 Ways To Quantify Results On Your Resume
Forgot to name numbers when describing results? Add them into razzle-dazzle recruiters.
Lies. Damn Lies. And stats. Keep the first two the hell away from your resume: fibbing could get your ass thrown to the curb. Statistics, on the other hand – numbers, percentages, rankings – make recruiters drool.
Quantifying deeds shines a spotlight on results. Employers love hiring achievers, especially proven ones. Metrics are the Holy Grail. Here are the top five ways to use ‘em.
1. Show Them The Money
Applicants who’ve made or saved money are golden. Sales and marketing folk point to customers coughing up the coin. People who manage plants say they’ve reduced costs and overhead.
It’s hard to boost revenue in a job that is not related to business development. Or is it? Just about any worker can save the employer money. Those dollars bulge bottom-lines. So, in essence, you’re increasing profits!
Some for-instances: If you dream up an idea that saves $1,000, it’s like goosing sales by $10,000 (assume a 10% profit margin); cut four hours a month off producing a report, that’s 48 labour hours saved yearly, or $1,200 for someone pulling down $50k.
2. Pile Up The Percentages
Money ain’t the only way to draw eyeballs. Many metrics are about upping efficiency. Reducing turnover or raising productivity, for instance. Boast about these with percentage changes, like in this example:
“Reduced staff turnover in a fast food restaurant by 25% compared to the previous six months. Resulted in a productivity increase of 15% due to fewer onboarding and recruiting needs.”
Be ready to back up your claims with proof. But be sure not to snitch confidential info.
3. Don’t Be Vague With Volumes
Recruiters also feast on specific numbers. How many people did you manage? What dollar amount of budget overseen?
In lots of instances, volume rules. Shaving cycle times from concept development to beta testing by 20 days. Serving 30 customers an hour.
Measuring output paints a picture. If you’re a junior in social media, crow about making 20 Tweets, five blog posts and two short videos a week. Get granular by adding stats. Spawning an average of 2,000 views, 80 retweets and 200 likes per Tweet bleats pro.
When you can’t reveal (or recall) actual numbers, use estimates and ranges instead. A budget in the low six figures. Between 150 – 250 tweets weekly.
4. Rouse Them With Rankings
Big numbers don't lie? Startle with standings. Anyone in sales can say they’re worthy. Being the number 1 producer gets attention.
Top of the totem’s nice. Rank also works with first, last, fewest, most. The youngest person to reach vice-president at the firm. Last one to be let go after multiple rounds of downsizing. Fewest plant accidents under your watch.
5. Make ‘Em Reel With Ratings
Numbers aren’t always numerical. Being chosen Employee of the month counts. Getting voted team representative’s an achievement. Whenever you’re singled out above others, favourable math’s implied.
Even great performance reviews qualify. They’re on a scale, ain’t they? A rating of superior speaks volumes. Quantified accomplishments, in all their forms, are right on the number.