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Why your CV needs numbers and how you can use them

Numbers add context to your achievements and prove the impact you've made. Learn how to use them in your CV.

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You may ask why adding figures to your CV is of any great importance; but adding numbers really helps your CV to stand out in a crowded job market.

Numbers add some context to your achievements and prove the impact you have made in the workplace. You may say that you were a high-performing manager in your last role, but this doesn’t really carry much weight.

Stating that you managed a team of 50 people and that your sales strategies improved company turnover by 9% per quarter will leave a more lasting impression on the recruiter reading your CV.

And because numbers tend to appear in CVs less frequently, they jump out at the recruiter while skimming over your CV.

By taking the time to look through your work history and find applicable numbers to add to your CV you will certainly help the reader to understand the impact you have made in each role.

Hiring managers are more interested in results than patter, so rather than making your CV look like a lengthy job description, by adding numbers you will be demonstrating the value you can bring to an employer

So, how exactly do you add numbers, and where do you get them from?

It is time to sit down for a bit of a brainstorm. Think back to your last job and make a note of the most obvious numbers first, such as how many people you supervised on an important project, the number of staff you managed on your sales team, how many customer accounts you were responsible for etc.

These are quantifiable statistics that you can mention to give recruiters an instant understanding of the level you work at.

Next you should dig a little deeper to uncover more specific figures and factual information that would be worth including.

Finances

Saying that you helped your company to save money sounds good, but what would sound much better is to demonstrate those savings in figures.

For example, “I helped to cut my departmental budget costs by 20% on the previous year through implementation of efficiency drives.”

Time

In any industry sector, time is money. Showing that you contributed to reduction of down-time or improved productivity within a set time-frame will always help your CV’s chances of success.

For example, you could state that “I logged 20,000 hours without any site accidents or injuries to team members. This was achieved through improved on-site health and safety awareness training.”

Size

If you were responsible for increasing your client or customer base in your previous role, then a few stats and figures would be perfect to note here. Comparison figures are always good to show, so if you were set a target to meet, show how you exceeded it in numbers.

For example, “Beating target to gain 50 new clients in 3 months, by acquiring 100 new repeat client accounts in 8 weeks.”

Percentages

Percentages can be used as part of a persuasive argument. Recruiters want to see that you are good at getting results. Whether it is increasing productivity, meeting deadlines, cutting costs, or increasing sales, showing how you improved things by a certain percentage can show that you know how to get things done.

For a small business running on a tight budget, the hiring manager is going to be interested in knowing that you managed to trim 20% off manufacturing costs, rather than just ‘you saved the company some money’.

Numbers translate into tangible results on your CV. You may not be used to using numbers in your everyday communications, but stating figures in your CV is a great way to present your strengths.

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  1. Santhosh Padmanabhan Saturday, 8 Jul, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Like

  2. David Metcalf Saturday, 8 Jul, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I have recently updated my C.V. to include 11 online Health and Social Care courses I have recently completed and this has had the desired impact , I had have not only gained a new Job but have been contacted by a lot of other recruiters who have been impressed when viewing my C.V. so I am confidant that my C.V. is pretty good.

  3. fiona gregory Saturday, 8 Jul, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    There is no relevance whatsoever to my previous job as a legal secretary.

  4. Stuart Banks Saturday, 8 Jul, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I have already done this on the front page of the Key Achievements and second page of the Applied Skills, Knowledge and Experience / Additional Capabilities sections with few if any opportunity to progress to interview. Where, if your work experience is not right up to date in a specifically related and directly relevant job opportunity to the job opportunity you are applying for you have little or no chance of being considered a match to progress to the interview stage of your application.

  5. Auras Ion Tudose Saturday, 8 Jul, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks for that mister

  6. Adamu Yusuf Garkida Thursday, 20 Jul, 2017 at 10:08 am

    I incredibly gain a new knowledge in adding value to my CV through this harness article

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