When it comes to resumes and LinkedIn profile reading, nothing screams “achievement" in my experience more than statistics and numerical figure. Why? Numbers let the reader see your bottom-line achievements without the need for fluffy adjectives and descriptive language. Related: How To Quantify Your Accomplishments On A Resume
We All Have NumbersFor those in sales who are responsible for meeting quotas on a regular basis, coming up with quantifiable achievements is easier than for most. A quick peek into an online CRM tool or your own sales trackings are likely to reveal stats and rankings against your peers. For those not in sales, never fear. Numbers exist – albeit a bit hidden as percentages, fractions, and so on.
Digging Up NumbersTake a step back and think about your goals for the past month, quarter or even year. Here are eight questions to get you thinking. Did you:
- Save money? By how much?
- Save time? How long did a task take before or after?
- Did my company grow? Is it bigger in terms of employees, number of locations or profitability?
- How is morale? Have I contributed to more people staying versus jumping ship?
- How many people have I promoted?
- Interface with more clients or prospective leads than you used to?
- Did you finish a project more quickly and with less money than projected?
- Did you negotiate savings with a vendor? How does this benefit your team or organization?