Every resume expert advises it – adding quantifiable accomplishments to your resume. Using numbers is a powerful way to demonstrate what you’ve achieved. Examples like, “Drove regional sales from less than $5 million to $9.2 million within two years, exceeding quotas by an average of 15% each year” or “Resolved an average of 500 customer inquiries per week and consistently ranked in the top 10% for response time and volume” catch a hiring manager’s eye, give you more credibility as a candidate and help you stand out from the crowd.
Great...if you work in sales, marketing or customer relationship management. Or if you occupy a senior role with hiring authority, budget oversight or P&L accountability. In other words, if you work in a numbers-driven position, it’s easy to measure how well you’ve performed and add those metrics to your resume. But what about everyone else? Many people -- such as administrative assistants, teachers, writers/editors, engineers, IT specialists, and nurses -- have a difficult time quantifying their work in numbers.
It’s possible in almost any position, however, to tease out enough figures to make your resume shine brighter. Take a look at these phrases and see if you can adapt a few to suit your experience:
Organize logistics for 3 weekly staff meetings, including conference call-in lines for 2 remote employees.
Write 4 articles of 1,000 – 1,500 words each weekly for an online audience of 20,000 subscribers.
Led design team of 5 to complete 1.5-acre landscape renovation for multimillion-dollar home. Installed a vibrant and multi-purpose space while remaining within budget of $10.00 per square foot.
Contributed research for 3 published articles on weight loss through yoga and meditation.
Improved network uptime to 99.9% (from a previous level of 96.8%), upgraded systems, and improved system security.
Provided bedside care and clinical documentation for an average of 20 patients per day in a critical care facility.
Recommended and coordinated outsourcing of direct mailings, resulting in a cost savings of 22%.
Design and deliver biology and physics curriculum, including conducting experiments, for 150 students in 9th and 10th grades.
Worked on line that achieved 100% of production goals while improving safety record every year.
Provide ongoing maintenance and support for approximately 60 Linux and Unix systems.
As lead engineer for the Courthouse project, collaborated with 2 architects, over 10 contractor supervisors and 3 city/state agencies to resolve engineering and design issues.
Train and supervise 2 interns every 6 months, task projects and oversee the results.
Maintained excellent relationship with clients and delivered on time, which resulted in 2 follow-on projects.
Partnered with Web design team to create database-backed website that sped up customer order fulfillment by 5-times and increased sales by 35% in just 3 months.
Organized all aspects of a 2-day conference featuring 2 keynotes and 30 panel speakers for an audience of 700 attorneys.
Researched and wrote approximately 5 economics reports and briefing papers per week for interoffice team of 25.
Train an average of 10 new employees each quarter in office procedures resulting in increased efficiency and communication.
Performed weekly data reduction and analysis and prepared reports for management team of 6.
Teach elementary school students with an average class size of 30, including up to 3 students with learning challenges, in an inclusive classroom.
Provided speech therapy services for a geriatric care facility with 200 residents, averaging 10 sessions per day.
Efficiently manage office for dental practice employing 8 dentists, 14 dental assistants and 2 receptionists.
Isolated software flaw in new version of company’s most-popular product prior to release, saving over $150K in product update costs.
Decreased office expenses by 15% by creating a stock control system and changing suppliers.