5 Ways to Use Numbers in Your Resume!

September 9th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »


A good resume is one that can quickly convince a hiring manager (in less than 6 seconds) that you can help revolutionize his or her business. You cannot afford to fumble with long, ugly blocks of text that fail to convey your value. So, what can you do to stand out? Make your success quantifiable by using numbers in your resume.

The eye is naturally drawn to numbers and statistics in writing; their clear, unambiguous meaning doesn’t change from person to person, so you don’t have to worry about any misinterpretation on the part of your reader.

When you use numbers in your resume, you provide the hiring manager with the tools to begin calculating your monetary value and the incentive to urgently get in touch with you. So, when you sit down to write your resume, be certain you include some of the following 5 types of numerical selling points in your work experience and responsibilities.

1.) Total Savings

Monetize your contributions. Talk about the large quantities of money you have saved your previous employers. Hawk your skills by talking up projects or applications that have pulled in impressive sums (i.e. 6 figures or more). At the end of reading through your resume, a hiring manager should picture you as a veritable money tree, the type that anyone would want in their backyard.

Here are some examples:

Created a major iOS enterprise application that has earned $50 million in the Apple Store.

Eliminated waste and redundancies in my department that helped save over $10,000.

2.) Increases in Productivity Percentages

Hiring managers eagerly look for people who are unafraid to push beyond the status quo. So, talk about the advancements you have made in your previous positions in terms of percentages. Focus on the increases in productivity, the decreases in resource consumption, and the percentages you saved the company through your tactful execution of projects.

Here are some examples:

Decreased departmental expenditures by 10 percent over a 6 month period.

Oversaw an Agile development team that increased software productivity by 25 percent.

3.) Total Reach

Show that your projects and contributions have real world impact. If there are actual people who have benefited from your achievements, make them figuratively stand up and be counted. That way, it doesn’t look like your daily labor consists of you aimlessly spinning your wheels for nine hours straight.

Here are some examples:

Maintained Exchange portals on a Windows platform for the company’s over 2,000 users.

Designed and developed an educational platform that currently serves 43 major universities.

4.) Your Numerical Ranking

If you have won merit awards within your company or have earned national recognition in major publications, include your ranking on your resume. Obviously, you don’t want to highlight that you placed 154 out of 365 in a software development competition. If the number is impressive but doesn’t have the weight of a number 1 seat, fall bank on percentages.

Here are some examples:

Earned the #1 position out of the 50 employees in my department for my ability to consistently keep quality projects within deadlines.

Ranked in the 90th percentile in a national competition to develop an Android app to help emergency responders perform real-time triage.

5.) Project Timeframes

Project timelines are a great way to depict yourself as a fast and efficient worker. Using months or years to show project progression that would have been difficult without you is a great way to grab a hiring manager’s attention. Just make sure that you determine what is considered to be an impressive speed before you decide to tout a timeframe that leaves most turtles shrugging in apathy.

Here are some examples:

Promoted from Developer to Lead Developer in only 6 months.

Increased productivity by 55% over 1 year, which increased the company’s revenue by over $75,000.

by James Walsh

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