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Resumes: The numbers that count on yours

By Procom


There's something to be said about Thursdays and April.

Because when -- mathematically speaking of course -- you combine Thursday Throwbacks with warmer weather, your powers of deduction will obviously lead the formulation of a future vacation. 

And because vacations certainly aren't a silent endeavor, it's logical to assume you've found yourself brought back to a time and place where Shakira's 2005 getaway banger, Hips Don't Lie, had you thinking of nothing but sand and surf.

HOWEVER, if you instead find yourself pondering about resumes over reminiscing about vacation days, there are certain things you should include on yours that also don't lie. They're called quantifiable numbers. And here are the ones recruiters and hiring managers want to see. 


Your resume needs to measure the value you've brought to previous organizations. To demonstrate yours, you need to provide quantifiable measurements in the form of numbers. Charles Liikson, a Technical Recruiter with Procom advises, "Numbers/Math is the universal language. Everyone speaks it. There is no way to be more clear than to use a specific number on your resume." 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 can 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%..


2. Budgets 

Demonstrating how you've managed budgets shows your bottom line decision making capabilities. "I like when candidates provide budget numbers for their projects. This shows the size and complexity of the projects they managed or participated in," says Ana Algernon, a Technical Recruiter with Procom. "You may also mention whether you delivered your project on or under budget." An example may look like:

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 you’re 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 within different sized companies 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. Location 

If potential employers can see where you've been, it can give them a better idea of wher eyou 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…

It's true that hips and numbers don't lie. But you know what should also never lie? A job seeker on their resume. Because resume lies are always uncovered.


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by Procom

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