When you don’t have obvious metrics and numbers to put on your resume, you have to do a little more work to figure out how to show your success. Here are some questions to ask yourself so you can list your accomplishments in an easily digestible way.
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Alison Green, writing at Ask a Manager, suggests these questions, which can turn heady, qualitative accomplishments into quantifiable ones that stand out in a hiring manager’s mind:.
- What have you done differently in the position than a mediocre person would?
- Have you done something that got better results than your employer had been getting before?
- If asked what made or makes you really great at your job, what would you say?
You can also add numbers to those accomplishments to give scope and context that hiring managers can use to better understand what you did at previous jobs. For example, if you were an office manager, you could include how many people who worked in the office you managed. That gives a reader some context to understand how significant your job was, and to how many people. If you were an account manager, include how many accounts you were able to juggle at once. In both cases, they may not be raw accomplishments based on those numbers, but they definitely make your work stand out.