How to Use Numbers on a Resume to Describe Your Achievements

The secret ingredient of a good resume is showing results.

While action words and keywords are important to show your relevant accomplishments, numbers can support these words and make them even stronger. In the job market, they often speak even louder than words because they give certainty.

Numbers show you understand business language and they provide what a company is looking for: employee results.

To illustrate your impact, consider offering some statistics in every single point in your experience section. Use a percentage, a number of years, or amount of money to assure a hiring manager looking at your targeted resume that you're a high performer.

Show what you did rather than simply tell what you did. Support your statements with numbers.

Market

Illustrate what impact your results did make to the market. In fact, it's the easiest way to use numbers when your results are not dazzling.

Example: Supplied chain analysis in purchasing and inventory management worth $120M in an international market.

Example: Found innovative solutions and achieved goals in project management during 2008-2012 financial crisis.

Clients

If your accomplishments are not that impressive, use numbers to describe clients instead of results. You can use this type of statement to show that, while you may not be the best, you are improving in a trait that the job description requires. Consider adding such a statement at the end of your experience section.

Example: Implemented retail marketing plans for 3 years for two Fortune 500 corporations.

Example: Managed finances from $1.5M to $20M for several organizations.

Percentages

Percentages are one of the best ways to show results and impact. Don't worry if your annual service group growth was only 7%. Show it anyway, because the vast majority of candidates will only write about duties and responsibilities. The small growth you achieved is still a benefit and a result.

Example: Improved UI of 6 websites, which decreased average processing time by 14%.

Example: Reduced service costs by 5% using thorough data analysis.

Date & Time

Identify time to show how long you benefited the company. That is the easiest way to put numbers in your statements even if you only had a three-month internship.

Example: Increased monthly sales by $1,500 in 2 months.

Currency Amounts

Again, a good resume shows results and there is no better prove of career achievements than numbers. They give certainty.

Include Dollars, Euros, or whatever your country's currency is in at least one statement. Money is one of the most important elements of business and the indicator of value.

Example: Earned the organization $6,000 using thorough data analysis.

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