I’m sure you’ve heard it before. Quantifying your resume will make it more impressive.
But what does that mean?
The short answer is when you quantify your accomplishments, you define your potential through measurable results.
OK, so what does THAT mean?
Your past achievements prove your capabilities to a future employer. When you quantify what you’ve accomplished on your resume it gives prospective companies deeper insight into your significant contributions. And it makes more of an impact.
It also means you have a better chance of grabbing the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Which increases your chances of getting a job interview.
Here’s how to do it.
Use Numbers and Details
Companies want to hire candidates who they believe can contribute positively to their bottom line. So you need to demonstrate how you can be a valuable asset to their business.
But don’t just say WHAT you did, explain HOW you accomplished it.
Using dollar signs to show what you achieved, such as the amount of money you earned or saved, and how you got those results showcases your potential.
Which of the following do you think gives off a better impression?
- Raised money for art projects.
- Raised $1M+ for art programs by identifying and establishing relationships with ideal donors and philanthropic groups.
The second statement certainly offers a bigger picture of what you bring to the table.
Depending on your job role, it may not always be about the money. But you can still include numbers to support your contributions and show off your skills! For example, say how often you performed a task and demonstrate the scope of your responsibility:
- Processed payroll for employees.
- Processed payroll through ADP for 200+ employees on a biweekly basis and produced detailed reports for 5 department managers.
Percentages Work, Too
You can also use percentages to your advantage.
Include them to show a valuable percent of increase or decrease for the business as a result of what you accomplished.
Indicate how what you achieved was profitable. Demonstrate how you added to the company’s productivity and overall success. And how you did it.
Improved sales by 40% within one year by securing accounts with elite firms such as The ABC Company and The LMN Corporation.
Reduced the company’s operating expenses by 10% after streamlining processes and implementing updated software to track sales projections and billing.
A hiring manager looking at these statements gains a better understanding of the value you offer as a job candidate.
No Hard Numbers? No Problem!
Measurable results aren’t always indicated in dollars and percents. Don’t worry if you can’t list exact numbers.
You can include a range or a rough estimate. Give a frequency of events or how you accomplished a task in a shorter time frame than expected. This all shows off the scope of your skills and experience, for instance:
“Managed up to 30 sales associates.”
“Completed website redesign and development one month ahead of the expected deadline.”
You don’t need to quantify every detail on your resume. Use the information strategically throughout to create the most impact and tell your career story. Here are a few more examples to consider:
- How you achieved and/or exceeded certain goals
- How many customers or clients you serviced
- The number of contracts you secured
- Timelines on completion of projects
- Budgets and the amounts you managed
- Quotas or benchmarks that you met
- Awards or honors you were given
No matter what you include always make sure your information is accurate and makes sense. Never lie about your accomplishments! Or about anything on your resume. This will only hurt you if you do.
Hiring managers seek job candidates who can potentially benefit the company. And they won’t know about your value and what you offer unless you tell them. Don’t get overlooked! Quantify your accomplishments on your resume to increase the probability of getting noticed – and help you land a job interview.