Those of you who work with numbers are probably well aware that you should use those numbers in your resume to create a greater impact on recruiters. Numbers help to measure your achievements in the eyes of a potential employer and, quite honestly, they can make you sound much more impressive.
Look at the following examples:
Candidate #1: Worked in Accounts Receivable. Responsible for collecting overdue accounts.
Candidate #2: Designed a system for collections that increased on-time payments by 25% and increased revenues by $22,000 the first year in operation.
See the difference the numbers make? The second candidate paints a much more vivid and impressive picture of their qualifications. If you were a hiring manager, #2 would undoubtedly be your choice.
But what if you don’t have this kind of hard data to back up your achievements? Maybe you work in a field that requires softer skills. How do you quantify your work experiences when you don’t have the numbers to measure it?
Here are three ways to do it even in an un-quantifiable field:
Use a range of numbers
If you don’t have the advantage of exact numbers, it’s fine to use a range. For example, if you work in a call center and don’t know how many calls you take each month, just track them for a day and give an approximate range for the month.
“I assist between 800 and 1000 callers each month, converting 75-100 into buyers.”
Give your best estimate and let the range show that it isn’t an exact figure.
Use numbers to indicate the frequency
Let the hiring manager know the volume of work you handled by including frequency with your range. For instance, if you are applying for an outside sales position, you could emphasize that you “made 60-80 cold calls every month, qualifying each prospect and following up on those that were suitable within three days.”
These numbers are helpful in showing that you are fearless and energetic—important traits for anyone in sales.
Refer to the bottom line
Any numbers you can point to that indicate you earned or saved money for your present employer will get the attention of your potential employer. Talking about the positive effect you had on the bottom line is music to any business’s ears.
There are many ways you might have done this: Saving time on operations, changing a procedure, or negotiating discounts with suppliers are just some of the things that go straight to the bottom line. Put a dollar estimate on anything that amplified that bottom line, and you’ll get their attention!
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