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June 3, 2019
Resume 101: What if My Experience Isn't Measurable?
 

Impressing a hiring manager with a piece of paper can be difficult, especially when they are comparing it to so many others. One of the ways we encourage our clients to stand out is by highlighting measurable results from their work experiences on their resumes. However, this can be hard to do if your position doesn’t immediately seem to have “measurable” results. For example, if you work in maintenance or with administrative tasks, you may not feel that you are able to demonstrate as many measurable results that have directly benefited your organization. If that is the case, you may wonder if you should just simply list your tasks and projects and leave it at that?

 

The answer is no. Keep in mind that to impress a hiring manager, you have to demonstrate why you were good at your job and why you would be a valuable employee for their organization. Understandably, not all jobs have the same impact on an organization as others, but no matter what your position is, you should be able to highlight the results you achieved because of your work.

 

With this in mind, avoid just listing your tasks and projects. When determining what to include on your resume, analyze the keywords in the job description you are applying for. Are there any tasks you completed at your previous job that speak to those keywords? Then think about how to show that you were successful at completing that specific task on your resume. Here are some questions that can help you focus on the results you accomplished from your tasks:

 
  • Were you ever assigned any special projects? Why did your boss choose you?

  • Are you the “go-to person” for any specific areas?

  • Did you save any money or time due to you improving processes, by being efficient, or through improved communication?

  • How do you work with others? What type of leader are you?

  • Did you lead any initiatives?

  • Did you provide any ideas or solutions to problems that were implemented and provided specific results?

  • Have you been recognized at your organization or by clients for anything in particular?

 

Listing details about your position by providing numbers or by showing why a certain task is important will impress a hiring manager.


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Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.* http://www.HallieCrawford.com
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