January 28, 2014, 8:14 PM — It's pretty much the No. 1 rule of resume-writing, right behind "spell everything correctly": Show, don't tell.
Employers don't want to see staid titles and boring job descriptions. Yes, they want to know what you did, but they also want to know why it made a difference for your employers, past and present.
Job expert Marc Cenedella has a slam-dunk rule of thumb for how you can show exactly what you did in a language every hiring manager understands: money and savings.
His rule: Count the number of $ signs and % signs on your resume. Now double them.
And if your resume is %- or $-free, start doing the math. Cenedella says professionals who have been working for more than 10 years should have a minimum of 20. A minimum.
"Dollar signs and percentage signs are indicators of achievements that you can quantify. Quantifiable achievements are more persuasive than qualitative achievements for most resumes," he notes. "Demonstrating to your future boss the types of achievements that he can expect from you, in numbers that he can understand, is the best way for him to come to the conclusion that you’re the right person for the job."
You can turn this:
"Improved network productivity"
"Reduced server load by 73%, and server cost by 22% through refactoring old code base."
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