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We can’t emphasize enough just how important it is to make sure you translate your achievements into numbers! Inserting numbers makes your resume much easier to scan.
“Numbers jump off a resume,” says Aaron Wandtke, senior partner at Executive Staffing Solutions. “And employers want to know how much money you made or saved the company, and what percentage of an increase or decrease in something positive."
“Managers think in terms of metrics, outcomes and deliverables,” says Scott Love of The Attorney Search Group. “If you’re going to use an adjective to describe yourself on a resume, always back it up with a result. Talk about results in a quantifiable and measurable sort of way.”
Generic phrases are a bit of a snooze. For instance,
- “Managed schedules, reports and all office correspondence” -- Sounds okay.
- “Managed 2 executive schedules, produced weekly reports and oversaw office correspondence for 100 employees” – Now that paints a much clearer picture of your competency and achievements.
Similarly, “I also see sales people that talk about their great sales skills, but then they don't have any dollar amounts in their resume,” says Lauren Milligan, resume expert with ResuMAYDAY. "Prove your sales skills with your numbers, not adjectives."
This applies across all fields. No matter which industry you're in, most all managers love numbers simply because it’s easier to understand than vague, generic statements.