By: Lisa Chapman, Certified Professional Resume Writer
Are you wondering how your resume will get noticed within the stack of resumes received by hiring agents? If so, this article is for you! Hiring agents want to read resumes that include quantifiable information relative to professional accomplishments. Hiring agents LOVE to see numbers. Be sure to include percentages and dollar values. These same hiring agents want to know what you have achieved more than what your day-to-day responsibilities have been, as the only clear indication of future performance is past performance.
If you are unable to document your professional impact, why would you be chosen for the interview over a candidate who elaborated on achievements when writing his resume? I know, you’re thinking that quantifying your accomplishments is a burdensome task. Well, depending on how meticulously you recorded your accomplishments, you just might be right. However, it truly is worth the time and effort.
So, when thinking about your professional accomplishments, think of challenges you have encountered with every employer, the actions you took to resolve those challenges, and the final outcome. When you take the time to include this information, hiring agents will notice and your resume will quickly move to the top of the interview pile versus the bottom. Remember, you have but one chance to make a first impression. Documenting quantifiable accomplishments will only strengthen your chances of getting interviewed.