5 Types of numbers you need on your resume

By Procom


There's a certain type of certainty in classics isn't there? Like animated masterpieces for instance. And more specifically, the early movie making magic that brought a 1940's audience the tales of a puppet turned real boy. (Thursday Throwbacks are so nostalgic, aren't they?)

Because the classics never go out of style. Instead, such things transcend over time -- like the perfect little black dress perhaps......  or trusted advice.

Here's the thing: Like a patient parent, recruiters can only Geppetto job seekers to a certain extent before their own propensities take over. Like the urge to lie about work histories. But here's another thing about that thing: Your tall tales may not make your nose grow, but they will become just as clear to a hiring manager. 

These human lie detectors want to see what you’ve accomplished in your previous roles, and unless you’re planning on Pinocchio’ing your proof, the numbers don’t lie.

So if you want to show that you're the real deal, here are the numbers you want to highlight on your resume:

1. Percentages

Emma Lockerbie, an Account Manager with Procom says, "My top tip is 'Identify, Quantify, Tailor.' Meaning, Identify your accomplishments focusing on what you did, not what the job was; Quantify your accomplishments by including specific highlights that make the future employer get a quick comprehensive image of what you do; Tailor to make sure your resume is specific for the role and industry for which you are applying." Metrics can show the improvements you've made in your roles, so you'll want to highlight the increases and decreases you've achieved. These percentages include:

Targets achieved

Increased website traffic via social media by 30% within 90 days…

Service provision

Decreased escalations by 20% within first 30 days…

Costs saved

Reduced department spending by 15%...

Charles Liikson, a Technical Recruiter with Procom agrees, "Numbers/Math is the universal language. Everyone speaks it. There is no way to be more clear than to use a specific number."


2. Budgets

"I like when candidates provide budget numbers for their projects, this shows the size and complexity of the projects they managed or participated in." You may also mention whether you delivered your project on our under budget.

Budget responsibility

Led Project X with a budget of $X, resulting in X increase in sales. 


3. Time

Time is valuable, and what you do with it matters -- to you, your employer and colleagues. Highlighting the following on your resume will demonstrate how your using yours wisely:

Completion dates

Delivered a transformation program 2 months ahead of schedule.

Time saving processes

Implemented new customer service process, saving staff an hour per day.


4. Size

Stats on size can give a potential employer a metric to quantify the impact you've had in previous roles and what you can handle. Show sizes of:


Managed a customer base of 20 Clients


Lead a department team of 10 staff


Managed a $1M expansion project…


5. Locations

If potential employers can see where you've been, it can give them a better idea of where you can go. So you'll want to highlight your geographical impact by including:

Countries and cities

Trained new employees across 5 countries…


Managed regional sales teams across 5 offices…

Remember: When you’re in the market for employment, a lie will keep growing and growing until it’s a nose on your face. So stick to the numbers and you’re on your way.

Remember: a lie is still a lie. No matter how big. 

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by Procom

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