According to Forbes, the average number of resumes a hiring manager receives per job they post is 118, while only 23 of those applicants make it through to interview.
Between resume screening software and hiring managers weeding out resumes prior interviewing you, it seems near impossible to stand out among all of the other candidates. Here are five impactful ways to highlight accomplishments on your resume:
1. Use statistics – Numbers are compelling proof that you’ve achieved success in the past. Find a way to translate your successes in numerical proof that you’re an ideal candidate for the position.
2. Use the CAR method – CAR (Challenge, Action, Result) is an easy way to communicate what you’ve accomplished. When listing accomplishments, clearly state the challenge at hand, the action you took, and the positive results of your action.
3. Put the dollars out front – If you’ve helped increase revenue, lead with the dollar amount.
E.g. “Delivered $4 million in revenue” rather than
“I led negotiations that delivered $4 million in revenue.”
4. Emphasize promotions – If you were promoted within your last company, don’t simply state your promotion. Give details as to why you were the employee who got the promotion. What did you specifically do for the company that resulted in your advancement?
5. Utilize performance reviews – Look back at what your superiors have said about you on performance reviews. If relevant, it’s likely that positive statements can be incorporated into your resume.
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