1. Quantified experience

What does quantified mean and why is it important? Quantified experience is when you give a number or data point for your accomplishment. It paints a picture of the value you bring to the table and that’s a recipe for getting an interview.

Sales Example:

Before: Increased departmental sales in first year of role.

After: Stopped a two year trend of decline in revenues and increased sales by 15% in 11 months.

Engineering Example:

Before: Completed status reports on electrical systems and designs

After: Completed 10 comprehensive status reports on electrical systems and designs

When you are specific with numbers, it shows how you can increase sales, reduce cost, improve systems and processes, etc.


2. Accomplishments, not Duties

We all have job duties. The average individual performs their job duties and do exactly what’s asked of them and reach the basic or minimum expectations required of them. However the above average performer accomplishes more than what’s asked of them, they use their creativity and resourcefulness to add greater ROI to the company to become a more valuable asset. 

When you display your accomplishments it shows how you can add value to the company.

Operations Example: 

Job Duty: monitored and tracked inventory control 

Job Accomplishment: developed an inventory control program to help lower costs by 20%

Customer Service Example: 

Job Duty: made phone calls to customers on a daily basis

Job Accomplishment: created customer cheat sheet that reduced average customer call times from 20 minutes to 12 minutes.

Displaying accomplishments gets the reader interested in meeting you and learning more about what you can do for their company – after all, it’s always nice to have someone who goes above and beyond!