Continuing along in our Job Search Checklist from A to Z blog series, R stands for something you should be filling your resume and online profile with: Results.
Your resume and online/LinkedIn profile are some of the main tools in your job search. What are employers really looking for when glancing over your resume or scrolling through your LinkedIn profile? One word: results. They are looking for proven information, facts and figures of positive experiences that will prove your qualifications for the job at hand.
Most resumes are filled with a lot of job responsibilities and tasks, but fall short on the results. While it is important to know what your previous roles have all been about, it is far more important to see how successful you were with these tasks and projects. You can say you’ve done this or that, but can you back it up with examples or, even better, numbers? It’s one thing to say you implemented a new shipping program, but it’s even better to say you implemented a new shipping program that saved $100K in the first 6 months of use. Bottom line; numbers show proof. Employers like to see proof.
How many results and accomplishments are on your resume? Whether you realize it or not, you probably have more than you think and it would only take a few minutes to rewrite a few comments to demonstrate your value with numbers. Here are a few questions that could help you uncover some of your own “results”:
- What time-saving process did you introduce?
- How much money did you save your company?
- What outstanding results have you achieved?
- What programs have you successfully implemented?
- How many people have you trained?
- By what percentage did you increase customer satisfaction?
- How many times have you won Salesperson of the Month?
- How have you made an outstanding impact in your career?
- What awards have you won?
Resumes work best when they are filled with number, results, and data of your best work. Take the time to add numbers, percentages, dollars saved, etc. whenever you can. Numbers speak louder than words.
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