Make Sure Your Resume Includes Metrics

Make Sure Your Resume Includes Metrics
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When you’re trying to score a job, every detail matters. One crucial element that applicants often overlook: providing specific, quantifiable metrics that demonstrate what you have achieved in previous roles.

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Career coach Tina Nicolai points out to Business Insider that including precise numbers can make a big difference:

Employers need numbers to be able to fully evaluate the scope of your bandwidth. No position is exempt from measuring results. And metrics help employers determine if a person is capable of leading a team, managing clients, or growing the business.

So don’t just write that you improved the speed with which development projects were delivered: include an exact percentage for how much the improvement was — and be prepared to justify that number if it comes up in an interview.

For more resume tweaking, check out the overused words you should dump from your resume right now.

6 Things You Should Always Include On Your Résumé [Business Insider]


  • …the scope of your bandwidth!’ More management jargon, from a ‘Career Coach’. I wish these people could talk properly. Why not just say ‘your capabilities’, or something similar? The jargon devalues a pertinent point being made re metrics.

    • Presumably, recruiters are having conversations that include:

      “I really liked Bob, but I’m worried he might be too dial-up. Let’s give the role to Alice. She seems much more broadband.”

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