The primary purpose of your resume is to help you stand out to employers so they will call you and invite you for an interview. It’s the first impression a hiring manager makes of you, and it’s the first step to landing a job. So how do you optimize your resume so it beats the competition?
Many job seekers feel lost when writing their resumes. What should you include on it? How much information is enough? What do hiring managers do?indeed do you want to see
If any of these questions have crossed your mind, don’t worry. Here’s the one thing you need to include on your resume if you want to stand out from employers and land a job…
The secret to finding a job in 2024. Quantifiable achievements on your resume.
The most important thing to include on your resume are quantifiable accomplishments. Quantify your work experience and put those numbers and figures in the Work History section of your resume.
Not sure how to quantify your work history?
Follow these 3 tips to effectively quantify your work history on your resume:
1. Add numbers to your bullet points
You should have at least one number for each item on your resume. If you want to show the depth of your experience in certain areas, you need to show those numbers. This allows the employer to see how much experience you have and how often you use a particular skill. So it’s really important to add as many numbers as possible to these points.
Go through an average day at work, list all your responsibilities and tasks, and ask yourself: Did I work backwards?’ By asking yourself these types of questions, you’ll be able to pull those numbers out and add that depth of experience to your main points.
2. Include 3-7 points for each role
For each role listed on your resume, you should write three to seven of these quantifiable points to demonstrate the skill sets you have that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. Any more than that and you’re likely to overwhelm the reader. The hiring manager may think you’re overqualified, that your experience is all over the place, or that you won’t be happy in the job.
So be careful how much you put on your resume, because too little text sends a message, but so does too much text. You need just the right amount of information, and points three through seven are the sweet spot.
3. Choose achievements that support your relevant hard skills
You need to be intentional about what you choose on your resume to make sure you support your profession, the service you provide to employers as a sole proprietor. What is your Unique Value Add (UVA)? How do you save or make the company money, solve problems, and ease pain? The key is to only select accomplishments that relate to the skill sets displayed at the top of your resume, skill sets that directly support your profession.
Make sure you pull these things out intentionally and include them in your resume, as opposed to listing every accomplishment you’ve ever had in your career. This will be very important in terms of showing that depth of experience, because you don’t want hiring managers to get distracted. You don’t want them to focus on accomplishments that don’t support the appropriate skill set. Make it clear what your specialty is and how you’ve provided value to employers with that skill set in the past.
Why is it important to quantify your work history?
Quantifying your work history is usually the hardest part of resume writing for job seekers. It’s not just something we learn in school. Recruiters and hiring managers don’t want to know how you did your job or what tasks you had. They only care about results.
What did you accomplish as a result of your work? How did you add value? When you quantify your work history, the recruiter may look at the hiring manager and say, “This person did this, this, and this. And here are the numbers to prove it.” This is why your resume needs to be quantified. It’s proof that you’re a qualified job candidate and a valuable potential employee.
What does “quantifying your work history” look like?
There’s always a way to quantify your work experience. You may think you don’t have anything quantitative on your resume, but you do.
If this is the first time you’ve quantified your work history and you can’t think of anything that qualifies as a quantifiable accomplishment, write down what you did in a specific job, circle each noun, and ask yourself: “Can I quantify that?”
For example, a receptionist may not think they have any quantifiable accomplishments or any kind of work history that can be quantified. But when they asked themselves the right questions, they realized they had accomplished much more than they thought, and they could put numbers to those accomplishments. They asked…
- “How many people work in my company?”
- “How many calls have I received per day?”
- “How many telephone lines were there in the system?”
The result? A few points that list their quantitative work experience:
- Reception for a company of 500 people
- Made more than 100 phone calls a day
- Managed a 12-line telephone system
You can absolutely measure your work experience. You will find a way. Circle each noun and quantify them. Look for percentages. If you can’t come up with exact numbers, you can use your best guess, erring on the conservative side. What was the percentage increase? What was the percentage of savings? What were the returns? There are always numbers. You just have to look for them.
To land a job in 2024, your resume must have quantifiable accomplishments. It can be difficult at first, but once you get the hang of quantifying your work history, you’ll never go back. Quantify your work history on your resume and start seeing results in your job search today.
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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