When recruiters and hiring managers are scanning resumes for qualified candidates, they're looking for the quantifiable achievements that position someone as the best fit for the role. Because what you were hired to do isn't as important as what you did, and the numbers you list on your resume will demonstrate the value that you brought to previous positions.
When crafting your resume, these are the types of numbers you should consider adding:
Percentages are important. 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:
Increased website traffic via social media by 30% within 90 days…
Decreased escalations by 20% within first 30 days…
Reduced department spending by 15%...
Demonstrating how you've managed budgets shows your bottom line decision making capabilities. For example, provide budget numbers for previous projects. This shows the size and complexity of the projects you've managed or participated in. Moreover, you can also include whether you delivered your project on or under budget.
Led Project X with a budget of $X, resulting in X% increase in sales.
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:
Delivered a transformation program 2 months ahead of schedule.
Time saving processes
Implemented new customer service process, saving staff an hour per day.
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 the amount of work 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…
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…
Numbers don't lie, and when it comes to your resume, yours need to add up!
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