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How to Use Numbers on Your Resume

How to Use Numbers on Your Resume

Peter Vogt, Monster Senior Contributing Writer

If you were an employer looking at a resume, which of the following entries would impress you more?

Wrote news releases.

Wrote 25 news releases in a three-week period under daily deadlines.

Clearly, the second statement carries more weight. Why? Because it uses numbers to quantify the writer’s accomplishment, giving it a context that helps the interviewer understand the degree of difficulty involved in the task.

Numbers are powerful resume tools that will help your accomplishments get the attention they deserve from prospective employers. With just a little thought, you can find effective ways to quantify your successes on your resume. Here are a few suggestions:

Think Money

Organizations are and always will be concerned about money. So as you contemplate your accomplishments and prepare to present them on your resume, think about ways you’ve saved, earned or managed money in your internships, part-time jobs and extracurricular activities so far. A few possibilities that might appear on a typical resume:

• Identified, researched and recommended a new Internet service provider, cutting the company’s online costs by 15 percent.

• Wrote prospect letter that has brought in more than $25,000 in donations so far.

• Managed a student organization budget of more than $7,000.

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