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To improve your chances of being considered the right person for the role, it’s important to tell the reader how you have created opportunities and solved problems in previous roles. One sure way to do this is by using numbers.
When a job is created it’s generally for one of two reasons, there is a problem to solve or an opportunity to harness. To improve your chances of being considered the right person for the role, it’s important to tell the reader how you have created opportunities and solved problems in previous roles. One sure way to do this is by using numbers.
Quantifying Your Resume With Numbers
Numbers are one of the easiest and most compelling ways to provide evidence in your resume. They help to set the scene for your experience by demonstrating the scope of the role and provide an opportunity to talk about the impact you had, give valuable context to situations, and measure how well you achieved your goals.
By adding numbers to your experience, you can transform empty statements into hard-hitting facts that demonstrate what you have done. For example:
|Assisted with retail sales||Managed retail sales for a 200sqm store with an average of 120 customers per day|
|Wrote blogs to improve SEO||Published 62, keyword optimised, blogs on career success resulting in a 25% increase in web traffic|
|Serviced existing accounts and helped establish new accounts||Managed 75 customer accounts, onboarding an average of 2 new customers per week|
Not only do numbers create persuasive proof points they are also entirely objective. The numbers help convince the reader of your experience and show how amazing you are. It’s one thing to say that you’re good at your job. It’s a much more convincing approach to demonstrate your skills using an objective measure of how you accomplished your work.
Finding Work You Can Measure
You don’t need to be in leadership or sales roles to have access to numbers. Although there are definitely some roles where achievements are more quantified than others, almost every role has aspects that can be measured. If your role is in business development, you have growth targets and performance measures but what about roles that are not so obvious?
If you are a nurse, it might be the number of beds in your ward. If you are a graphic designer, it could be how many clients you work with per month. As a teacher, you could quantify statements using the number of students in the class or the number of subjects taught. If you are in retail, it might be the size of the store, the number of products, or the average number of customers per day.
Other opportunities to draw out numbers could include:
Numbers to use
One of the best ways to convince future employers that you can help their company succeed is to show how you helped previous employers. Examples that demonstrate how you had an impact on company time, money and resources are particularly strong. For example
- Reduced paper and printing costs by 90%
- Saved $1,200 in fuel per month
- Reduced safety incidents by 30%
If it’s difficult to identify or measure areas of impact, you can use numbers to show the size and scope of your work.
- Taught 25 students
- Built a personal training business with 70 regular clients
- Managed a 4-star, 160 room hotel
Include How You Got the Results
Once you have examples of work you can measure, you can increase the value of the statement how you were able to create the result. Providing context on how, speaks to a range of other skills like creativity, innovation, critical thinking. For example, using our bullets points above, we can expand them to:
- Reduced paper and printing costs by 90% by introducing cloud-based client forms
- Redesigned the distribution route to reduce km’s travelled and save $1,200 in fuel per month
- Introduced toolbox talks and peer-led safety programs and reduced safety incidents by 30%
Make it Standout
Finally, we always suggest using numbers and symbols on your resume rather than words i.e. 8 instead of eight and % instead of percent. The style change helps to draw the reader’s attention to the accomplishment making your strongest points shine.
If you would like a resume that showcases the value you bring to potential employers, get in touch. Our team of highly experienced writers would be happy to support you achieve your next career goals.