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The Perfect Resume: Quantify & Qualify

Recently, we sat down with our Manager of Resume and Coaching Services, Nii Ato Bentsi-Enchill. He shared his insights into building a perfect resume.

Ah, we arrive at our favorite part. Quantification! You know how you always hear about passing the resume 10 second test? Most often, recruiters are looking at your job titles (emphasis on the most recent), education, and the bullet points you’ve listed under your most recent jobs.

But guess what else catches their eye: big, beautiful numbers. These are anchor points for the eye in a document full of words, and draw a lot of attention.

“Increased, decreased, saved, and improved,” are the words that beg for numbers to back them up according to Bentsi-Enchill. Alone, those words are claims. With numbers, they are proof.

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And what if you are trying to quantify results from a job long past, for which you you don’t have direct access to the hard figures. “Percentages are your best buddy,” he says. You may not know the exact numbers, but you can probably recall that you moved the needle 50%, 75%, 100% etc.

What if my results are hard to quantify?

This is a common problem that people face, especially in administrative, creative, or support roles. Give a sense of the context through numbers. Take a look at the following example.

Perform administrative and office management duties including answering phone calls, handling incoming mail, and ensuring adequate office supplies

vs

Manage daily administrative operations of a 100-person office, while handling 80-100 calls and 150+ pieces of incoming mail per day


See the other tips for a perfect resume:

Your Value Proposition
Tell a Story
Evidence of Impact
Paint a Clear Picture

About the Author

Greg Olsten is Ivy Exec's Sr. Content Manager, producing Online Classes, and Executive Intelligence articles.