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How to quantify your resume?

There’s one thing employers are looking for on your resume – numbers.

When you show your achievements with a numbers and quantify your resume, you have a higher chance of getting shortlisted for the interview stage.

This is because employers can quantify your value to their organisation.

A resume with numbers will create a greater impact and offer employers a better sense of how much of an impact you can have in their team.

Here are six ways to quantify your resume before you apply for your next job.

1. Quantify your resume with major achievements

Your achievements can work to create a view of you as an employee that any employer would want. You just need to include numbers with them!

For example, if you developed a service that was used more than 40,000 times by people, then you need to include that information on your resume.

Or if you developed a process that reduced time and saved money, you can showcase this as a quantifiable achievement. Use $ or % symbols to demonstrate the time, dollars and value you achieved.   

 2. Quantify your resume with scope and scale

Whenever you write that you “managed or developed something” you always needs to validate this statement with a number.

For example, if you write you “managed the Service Desk budget” then put in how much that budget was valued at, i.e. $50,000. This will provide context around the responsibility you had and your accountability.

3. Quantify your resume with time

Employers want to know how quickly you can achieve your targets. Time is money, don’t forget.

Make sure you write in how quickly you reached targets and if you were able to reach them one week or one month ahead of schedule.

Also, think about your tasks and projects and what you did to achieve them on time or ahead of the due date. Did you:

  • automate a process?
  • find a faster solution?
  • collaborate with another team to bring in expertise?

The more you show recruiters/companies that you can deliver tasks ahead of schedule the strong case you present to get called for an interview.

4. Quantify your resume with improved efficiency

This is where you can give a number to your ingenuity and organisational skills.

  • If you streamlined and then implemented a process that helped a team hit delivery dates, then mention that.
  • If you worked out a way to email hundreds of people at once and still retained a personal touch to your email, mention that too.

These are some examples, but make sure you think of others from your employment history, internships or university projects.

5. Quantify your resume with revenue generation

If you’ve had experience with generating revenue – bringing in money at an organisation you have worked for, then you need to mention that in your resume.

This can be anything from sales numbers to customer service ratings to metrics relating to a marketing position.

Companies want to employees that can improve their market offerings and make their stakeholders happy.

6. Quantify your resume with cost reduction

This is another important one. But instead of how you helped make money, this is how you helped save money.

If you can show how you helped improve the bottom-line, such as reducing operation costs by a certain percentage, then you need to write that in your resume. It’s critical to explain what you did specifically to achieve the cost reduction.

Tactics to quantify your resume

If you’d like a free resume assessment and provide tips on how to quantify it, feel free to contact us today!

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