Resume Tip 37

Recruiters look at hundreds of resumes daily.

How can you make yours stand out?

Data!

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You could add data and metrics to quantify your achievements and upgrade your resume from amateur to amazing.

Metrics, data, or any kind of stats help recruiters and hiring managers see the impact you made. The right data can make your experience seem more substantial!

It sends a message to a recruiter or hiring manager that you’re a serious candidate.

For instance, saying “released features” is fine, but “released 10 features per week” is much more impressive.

No matter what industry you’re in or what level you’ve reached in your career, there’s always something on your resume that can be enhanced with a number.

If you work in sales or finance, you can access metrics like sales volume, market share, and profitability. Still, you don’t forget people-oriented numbers like customers served, people managed, and performance rank.

Don’t know the exact numbers?

Use a range. For instance, “edited 5–7 whitepapers per week” or “managed a budget exceeding $500,000.”

The easiest way to quantify your achievements is to look at how you directly impacted the company’s money, time, and people.

For the money, look at how you cut costs or increased profits — and quantify everything you can. For instance, you might include a line that says, “Oversaw an annual budget of $50,000 and cut costs by 15%.”

To show how you saved time or improved efficiency, you could say, “Revamped warehouse process and reduced production time by 20 minutes.”

Demonstrate how your work impacted the people at your company with something like “Managed a team of seven salespeople.”

Even a small detail like that will help paint a picture of the kind of work you can do and the level of responsibility you can hold.

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Brian Fink

Executive Recruiter. ✈ #ATL ↔ #SF ✈ Building companies is my favorite. Opinions are my own. Responsibility is freedom. 🖖