The best resumes are the ones that stand out from the crowd. And the resumes that stand out are the ones that are easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to remember. Consider the following resume claims and imagine yourself in a hiring manager’s position. Which of the two will you be more likely to understand and remember?
A) Managed a team of employees to handle client landscaping needs.
B) Managed a team of six employees to handle the landscaping needs of fifteen residential clients.
Here’s another example:
A) Edited cold call script to increase sales
B) Edited cold call script and increased sales by 25 percent in two months
In both cases, the difference between sentence A and sentence B can summarized in one word: Numbers. The second sentence uses specific numbers to help the reviewer put the claim into a context, and this makes the claim more impressive and easier to remember. As you edit the work history section of your resume, take a close look at the way you list and describe your accomplishments. Then quantify your statements by taking a few simple steps:
As you quantify your work history, make sure your claims are accurate, since numbers make things easier to verify the same way they make things easier to explain and easier to remember. Visit Free Resume Builder for additional help with this process.