Include Measurable Accomplishments If You Don't Want Your Resume to Be Eliminated


How do hiring managers whittle down a stack of resumes? One way is to eliminate candidates based on what Sharon Graham of Graham Management Group calls “elimination factors.” We’ve been looking at the five elimination factors Graham cites (read a version of her article here). The information comes from a research study to evaluate 1,000 randomly selected résumés received in 2009, which Graham Management Group, a Canadian firm specializing in career transition strategy for six-figure professionals, recently performed. Today, lack of measurable accomplishments as an elimination factor:
There is much literature available to job seekers explaining how to quantify their accomplishments, yet most are still missing this point. In our sample, almost none of the résumés included adequate measurable achievements reflective of a six-figure professional.
The elimination factor, in this case, is the lack of numeric accomplishments, which in turn diminishes the potential transferable value you bring. When it comes to accomplishments, numbers talk. Recruiters who are scanning résumés typically notice and hone in on digits. In most cases, it is unnecessary to list past job duties and daily responsibilities on a résumé. Instead, to encourage selection of your résumé, try validating achievements with dollars, percentages, and other values to show measurable results.