You’ve probably heard the phrase “there’s strength in numbers.” And we absolutely agree – especially on your resume! Numbers are hard-hitting facts that hiring managers want to see. Adding them to your resume is a direct way to quantify your impact at your last job. A number-focused resume will set you apart from other candidates and are great talking points during an interview.
Here are seven ways to add in some numbers on your resume before you submit your next job application!
1. Scope and Scale
Including hard numbers in your work history helps hiring managers get a better sense of how much of an impact you had at your past job. For example, saying that you were “in charge of the marketing budget” is largely meaningless. Yes, you clearly had some accountability, but how much? Was it a $1,000 budget? $10,000? $100,000? Numbers provide context for how much responsibility you had and how reliably you handled it.
Time is money, after all. If you were able to reach your sales quota 50% faster than everyone else, that’s something your hiring manager wants to know. Or, if you quickly climbed the ladder at your last company, you can mention that as well. For example, being promoted from cashier to a shift manager in a short period time is both impressive and signals that you learn quickly and have great leadership skills.
3. Improved Efficiency
Every company can increase their productivity. Add numbers on your resume to show potential employers that you’ve got the observational and organizational skills to tackle inefficiency issues. Did you implement a new process that made sure you hit delivery dates? Maybe you revamped an old, bloated process from when the company still used floppy disks. Helping a company streamline their methodology takes initiative and it’s something every employer wants to see.
4. Revenue Generation
If you’ve had a track record of helping bring money in for your last job, your resume is the perfect place to mention it! This can be anything from hard sales numbers to consistently awesome customer service. Companies want to hire employees that will help sell their products and make their clients and customers happy. Showing off your bread-winning records in your resume highlighting your value to employers in a way everyone can understand.
5. Cost Reduction
Almost as important as making money is saving money! Higher-ups are always concerned with their bottom lines. So if you were able to save them a large amount of money or reduced operation costs by a significant percentage, let the hiring manager know.
6. Major Achievements
Remember, it’s okay to brag a bit on your resume! Resumes are there to help show off all you have to offer, so there’s no space to be bashful. If you made any major accomplishments, be sure to include them. For example, if you worked on an app and it got 100,000 installs thanks to your help, be sure to add that! Or if you were selected as Employee of the Month several times or have a stellar customer service record (especially if you’re measured with a 10-point scale). These things contribute to a more holistic view of you as a high-achieving employee – someone everyone wants on their team.
Especially if you’ve graduated in the last 3 years! If you maintained a solid GPA, add that to your resume. It demonstrates more than just smarts. It also represents a strong work ethic and a commitment to quality. If you’ve just finished up school, your GPA can help cushion an otherwise sparse resume. If you get asked about your limited work experience, you can respond by saying you dedicated yourself to your studies.
One final tip: Don’t spell out “dollars” – use the $ symbol where applicable. It’s much more impactful to use the symbol than to write out the world. You’ll draw more attention to your accomplishments and increase your chances of impressing the hiring manger.