How to Add Quantifiable Data to Your Resume
Want to have a better chance of getting interviews, ensure your resume makes it to the right person, and ultimately get hired faster without needing years of work experience or major achievements?
Providing quantifiable, objective data in your candidate profile (resume, cover letter and interview answers) will expedite your candidacy process and skyrocket the amount of professional opportunities that come your way!
Chalking your resume or interview answers up with soft skills and basic job experiences that rely on often-biased and over-exaggerated self-reporting can carry less value and stand out less amongst others in a crowded candidate pool. Assembling quantitative data, statistics and information within your resume can be incredibly valuable as it provides objective data to convey the value you can bring to a company in your hiring.
Job seekers, especially those early in their career, are often challenged by how to effectively communicate their value and readiness for a role. How do you highlight entry level or basic skills? How do you create professional value in volunteer or student roles? Being able to pull numbers and data from these experiences is crucial and creates significance.
When a hiring manager has quantifiable data about you, it makes their job a lot easier and helps you get hired faster! They can easily take that information to HR or the hiring decision manager and an objective profile of your candidacy while having confidence that your skills and interests do in fact create demonstrated value. This quantifiable data gives them the confidence in your skills to hire you!
Here are some of the most effective ways to pull numbers out of your experiences:
- How many processes did you improve and how many hours of work or expended resources were eliminated?
- How many projects or responsibilities did you oversee?
- How many customers or clients did you serve?
- Compare (using ratios and percentages) your previous performance to current
- Compare performance to external sources (industry performance, competitors, etc.)
- How many problems did you effectively troubleshoot and resolve?
Other areas to look for quantifiable data within:
- Time to be promoted
- Money, time or other resources saved
- Productivity increases
- Leadership (how many people you lead, initiatives you drove, etc)