February 21, 2024


If you’ve been doing your homework on how to write an effective resume, you’ve seen a recurring theme: You must quantify your work experience. Although most people understand this concept, we find that job seekers often have a hard time applying this concept to resume writing.


Here are three easy ways to quantify your work experience in numbers and make your resume stand out!

1. Show how many

Sometimes our responsibilities don’t sound all that impressive until we start detailing how much we’ve already done. For example, if one of your job responsibilities is to track compliance with a set of forms the company submits each year, you could write it in two different ways:

Ensure compliance with annual form submissions.

-or-

Ensured compliance with 75 annual forms filed by 7 different divisions of the company.

Does the second example sound more impressive?

2. How much to show

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If you’re in sales, marketing, or any other business where the end goal is to make a profit, it’s the right thing to do to account for exactly how much money you’ve made or saved for your company.

For example, if you were an internal auditor, your resume might read:

Save your company money by finding ways to cut costs.

-or-

Implemented a new payroll and tax accounting system, saving the company $1 million in personnel costs over the next 10 years.

When citing these types of numbers, estimates are fine as long as you can justify your claims when someone asks you in an interview.

3. Display frequency

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We often speak with candidates who have previously been successful in high-volume environments. If you’ve ever worked in this type of environment, give yourself a little confidence!

Even an administrative assistant job sounds quite different when quantified and given some context:

Answer the phone at the front desk.

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Managed switchboard with 10 incoming lines effectively receiving and routing an average of 500 calls per day.

Goodness, who wouldn’t hire a second candidate?

When you write your resume, ask yourself these three important questions:

  1. How many?
  2. How many?
  3. how often?

The key to getting an interview is to answer these questions while describing your previous professional accomplishments. Once you learn how to quantify your results and work experience, nothing can stop you!

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This article was originally published on an earlier date.

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