When writing resumes, it is crucial to include numbers along with words describing your accomplishments.
For example, if you organized your past company’s benefit gala over the summer, it sounds more impressive to state that this event attracted 250 people rather “many people.” Or, if you ran your previous company’s Facebook page for a year, saying that likes for the page increased by 50 percent and activity increased by 70 percent during your management is more impressive than “increased Facebook likes and activity.”
Important numbers to include in a resume relate to decreasing a cost, increasing productivity, generating revenue and increasing usage. Numbers regarding the size or yearly income of the companies you worked for give employers a sense of the kinds of organizations and cultures where you are likely to flourish (for example, “handled Human Resources for a startup software company with 25 employees” or “for a corporation with $20 billion in annual revenue and 5,000 employees in 3 regions.”)
Numbers you do not want to use include your past salaries, age or social security number.
Not all accomplishments can be supported by numerical information; some accomplishments may relate to more abstract concepts such as researching new products or coming up with new formats for your company’s website. Those are important accomplishments in their own right. But if you can support them with figures (say, the number of new products or the increase in website visitors), you have added another dimension to your qualifications.
Including statistics in a resume shows your attention to detail and your awareness of how your skills benefit a company. Statistics supply a solid record of the level to which a past accomplishment was achieved.
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