If there exists one cold hard fact about your resume, it’s that facts do, in fact, matter. And if we’re going to delve deeper into what factoids should be dwelling on your CV (because hey- why not on a Thursday), there are some particular ones that must live there if you want a recruiter knocking on your door.
- The Quantifiable
In other words—the numbers. When you’re trying to show the value you can bring to a future employer, recruiters want to see what you’ve produced for the previous ones. List any stats that highlight revenue generated or the results of a project you supported. Remember though, figures don’t always have to be monetary to prove their worth. Make sure to include any percentages of achieved targets or time taken to deliver a piece of work or project.
- Tech experience
In today’s hyper-connected world, you need to talk the tech talk if you’ve walked the walk. Whether you’re a super savvy digital marketer, code master or expert developer (the list really goes on and on), it’s essential to highlight the tools you're familiar with and how you applied them to previous roles. Most positions require working knowledge of one or more, so employers will also be keen to understand your ability to use their core systems and hardware. Here’s a side not though: Leave Microsoft off the list. Employers expect you to be proficient in software that has been around since the dawn of computer-time. So, leave that valuable resume real estate for another skill or achievement.
- Who you interact with
Even in the times of tech, it’s still probably a guarantee that your position will require some form of human interaction, so your CV should show you’re capable of communicating within the corporate hierarchy and external clients. Show exactly who you interact with from management and external regulators to customers and suppliers. This proves your business-social abilities. The aim of the game here is to show that you can build strong working relationships and use them to create beneficial outcomes for your potential employer.
- Role objective
What were you hired to do in your previous role? Did you accomplish it? How? These are some of the most important questions recruiters want answered. Without outlining the high level purpose of your role, nobody will understand what all your hard work was for. So every position on your resume should start off with a clear objective statement so recruiters can put your achievements into context and get the bigger picture of your duties and qualifications.
Facts don’t lie. It’s a fact… unless you’re lying on your resume. But that’s a bad idea, so don’t do that. Instead, let the truth set your facts free.