So, you are convinced that accomplishments are important for your resume? Good! The next key step is to quantify your accomplishments. The point of your resume is to entice the reader to want to know more about you. Demonstrating how you stand out in a crowd by quantifying your accomplishments is a great way to generate interest.
When you start to quantify, think about the following categories:
- Money (especially as you saved or earned it)
- Time (more efficient, less wasted)
- Amounts (sales, customers, etc.)
- Situations (fast-paced, difficult economic environment, etc.)
What do you think is more interesting or persuasive?
Before: Conducted patient interviews and managed data collection for survey.
After: Demonstrated analytical skills and cultural sensitivity as leader of team conducting, coding and verifying 1000 patient interviews using SAS in deadline-driven environment.
Before: Met all sales quotas.
After: Only salesperson to meet 100% of quotas in down-trending economic environment. Won top award for sales closed (2008).
By contextualizing what you have to offer, you help the reader gain a clear picture of your value.
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