There’s one thing that employers are looking for on your Resume – numbers and figures. 

This is why it’s important to quantify your Resume.

Did you know that, when you show your achievements by quantifying your Resume, you have a higher chance of getting shortlisted for the interview stage? The majority of applicants are completely unaware of this one, crucial step.  

So, why is quantifying your Resume such an important step?

Because numbers and figures can help employers quantify your value to their organisation. 

A Resume with numbers and figures will create a greater impact and offer employers a better sense of how much of an impact you can have in their team.

Not only does quantifying your Resume provide distinctiveness and specificity to your achievements, but it also is an effective way to make your Resume more notable and impressive in the eyes of recruiters during the process of reviewing applications. 

According to a study by Zippia, hiring managers spend, on average, 6 seconds reading a Resume, and only 2% of Resumes result in an interview. So, you will want to make your Resume as impressive as possible by quantifying it as much as you can!

If you want to secure more job interviews, here are six ways to quantify your Resume before you apply for your next job.

1. Major Achievements

Your achievements can work to create a view of you as an employee that any employer would want. You just need to include numbers in them!

For example, if you developed a service that was used more than 40,000 times by people, then you need to include that information on your Resume.

Or, if you developed a process that reduced time and saved money for the company, you can showcase this as a quantifiable achievement. Use $ or % symbols to demonstrate the time, dollars and value you achieved.   

2. Scope and Scale

Whenever you write that you “managed” or “developed” something, you always need to validate this statement with a number or figure. 

For example, if you mention that you “managed the Service Desk budget”, then put in how much that budget was valued at, i.e. $50,000. This will provide context around the responsibility you had and your accountability.

3. Time

Employers want to know how quickly you can achieve your targets. Time is money — don’t forget.

Make sure you write how quickly you reached targets and if you were able to reach them one week or one month ahead of schedule.

Also, think about your tasks and projects and what you did to achieve them on time or ahead of the due date. Did you:

  • automate a process?
  • find a faster solution?
  • collaborate with another team to bring in expertise?

The more you show recruiters and companies that you can deliver tasks ahead of schedule, the stronger the case you present to get called in for an interview.

4. Improved Efficiency

This is a vital step where you can give a number to your ingenuity and organisational skills.

For example, if you streamlined and then implemented a process that helped a team hit delivery dates, then mention it.

Or, if you worked out a way to email hundreds of people at once and still retained a personal touch to your email, don’t forget to mention that too.

These are some examples, but make sure you think of others using your employment history, internship experience or university projects to include and make your Resume stand out.

5. Revenue Generation

If you’ve had experience with generating revenue (bringing in money at an organisation you have worked for), then you must mention that in your Resume if you want to get called in for an interview. 

This can be anything from sales numbers, to customer service ratings, to metrics relating to a marketing position.

Companies always want employees that can improve their market offerings and make their stakeholders happy.

6. Cost Reduction

This is an important element that you don’t want to skip over when quantifying your Resume. Instead of how you helped make money, how did you help save money? 

If you can show how you helped improve the bottom line, such as reducing operation costs by a certain percentage, then you must write that in your Resume. It’s critical to explain what you did specifically to achieve the cost reduction.

The Bottom Line

Quantifying your Resume is just as important as the other steps you take to ensure your Resume stands out and catches the recruiter’s eye. Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your value to a company by not including the numbers or figures that communicate it best! 

If you’d like more tips on how to quantify your Resume and a free Resume assessment, feel free to contact us today!

Thanks for reading!

Careers Team @ Career Success Australia