When creating a resume, it should look as complete as possible — while you don’t want to fill it up with too much or make it too wordy, you also don’t want to have large blank spaces because you simply don’t have the numbers to make it look complete. Everyone says that it helps to have concrete numbers — employers want to see what’s quantifiable so you can demonstrate your accomplishments. But how do you do that if you don’t work in a number-driven industry?
You need to look at what you do and see where you can logically fit numbers in. Teachers, IT specialists, nurses, writers/editors, administrative assistants, and others in similar positions can look at what they do and turn numbers to their advantage.
If you’re a writer/editor, perhaps you…
- …write 12 posts of 350-500 words monthly focusing on the employment industry.
- …edit copy for a weekly university online newsletter that reaches an audience of 20,000 people, including shareholders and alumni.
- …contributed research for 5 published articles on the benefits of diet and exercise for improving health.
If you’re a nurse, you may have…
- …an average weekly caseload of 100 patients whom you see and treat for long-term illnesses.
- …provided aid to doctors in a major area hospital that specializes in critical care and see an average of 50 patients per day.
- …researched alternative methods of care over a period of six months, resulting in positive changes in patient care.
If you’re in the IT industry, point out that you have…
- …improved network system upkeep by 5.4% (86.4% up to 91.8%), upgraded systems, and heightened security.
- …provided ongoing maintenance for Linux software systems for three major companies.
- …shortened the turnaround time for customer service from three weeks to 10 days.
If you’re in the teaching profession, you can add that you…
- …teach five elementary level classes with an average of 27 students, including five with special needs.
- …have improved the average score on the state English test from an average score of 87% to 90%, with all passing.
- …provide math SAT help in your spare time to help students better prepare and improve their scores.
The resume may seem like a bit of a numbers game, but you can make those numbers work in your favor. For help with writing your next resume, visit PrideStaff.