How to Quantify the Achievements on Your Resume When You Don’t Work with Numbers

An effective way to talk about past achievements in a resume is to use hard numbers, as they can make a significant impact on a hiring manager.

While quantifying the past might be easy for people working in sales, it’s difficult for jobs that don’t involve daily quantifiable results. Consider the following tips when trying to quantify job experience in a manufacturing field that doesn’t involve a lot of numbers.

Use a range

Some people have a sense of how they might use hard numbers on their resume, but don’t do it because they fear under- or over-estimating.

One way to get around this uncertainty is to use a range of numbers. For instance, someone who worked as a press operator might say they “sped up output by 15-30% by pinpointing and alleviating flaws in our internal process.”

Use a rate

Another simple way to include numbers in a resume is to mention how many times a certain task was performed over a set period of time. This approach is especially useful for expressing how much work was done in high-volume situations. For instance, a production manager can see how much work a candidate can handle in an 8-hour shift if their resume says, “fabricated an average of 25 custom parts over the course of a typical shift.”

Use a monetary figure

All employers are concerned about money; specifically how to make it and how to save it. While using a rate can convey a sense of how much value a candidate added to a previous employer’s operations, a more eye-catching approach to express this same idea is to give details about the specific contribution to the bottom line.

Every worker in a company has an opportunity to saving or making money for their employer, whether it’s optimizing a procedure, eliminating waste or getting discounts from vendors. The value provided by those actions multiplied by how frequently they were done can produce numbers that are quite impressive. For instance, waste elimination that saves a company $100 a day could be multiplied by the average number of work days in a year to indicate the annual savings an employee provided his or her company.

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