Turn Work Experiences Into Measurable Achievements On Your Resume

Turn Work Experiences Into Measurable Achievements On Your Resume

Job seekers are often advised to quantify their accomplishments on their resumes. But what if you’re in a job without tasks or responsibilities that are easily measured? Careerealism offers a few ways anyone can emphasise their “ROI” on their resume.

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Adding solid numbers to support your accomplishments is the “show, don’t tell” rule of resume writing. Even if you’re not a salesperson or in a similar job, you can add quantifiable accomplishments by considering any instances where you helped your employer save costs.

For example, if you took on the tasks of another position, you could show how you increased the bottom line for your employer:

On your resume, you’ll be able to show the savings gained by helping your employer avoid the need to hire or train an additional staff member, as in these examples:

Cut 34% from training budget by assuming new project leadership role for Global Standards initiative.

Eliminated need to hire new team members by performing dual roles in operations and sales, with estimated $US80K annual savings.

Similarly, you can show how the projects you worked on cut costs by being more efficient or saving the company from additional expenses:

Saved division nearly $US700K with switch to Agile Development methodology and training for 3 team members.

Reduced marketing spend $US35K by learning social media techniques instrumental in promoting company services.

The article suggests several other ways you can leverage your work experience for a stronger resume. You can spin even minor accomplishments into a plus for future employers, as this example shows.

3 Ways to emphasise Your ROI on Your Resume [Careerealism]


  • Great advice! Will definitely consider this next time I revamp the resume.

    Thinking keynote’s animated graphs on iPad could be useful in a job interview context as well, as long as its used appropriately of course.

    Thanks LH

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