How to measure success on your CV
If you want to make sure your CV catches a recruiter’s eye, add relevant metrics to provide an insight into the impact that you made in your previous roles, and then context to the size and scope of your achievements.
Not only does this allow the recruiter to quickly identify your credentials for the role in hand, but if you make it through to the interview stage it gives you some great points to expand on.
Let me give you some examples of some metrics that stand out to me and can be used in a CV.
1. Growth: What did you add to the company?
So, what metrics do you use?
It is important to think about things you added to the company relevant for your role. Think about ways you contributed to the business or specific achievements that benefitted the company. It is a great way to measure your success in a position and advisable to keep a note of these for reference when applying for future roles later down the line.
Depending on your previous job, here are some examples of metrics I like to see in a CV:
• Revenue created
• Deals closed
• Partnerships secured
• New company processes adopted
If you work in sales for example, you could state how many new clients you brought in, or renewed, alternatively how much revenue you drive, perhaps there was a specific month / year you did particularly well. A good place to check is LinkedIn, other people in a similar job may list some of their achievements, have a look and see if any of them work for you.
2. Impact: How many people did your work help?
Another way to create the picture of how much value you add to a company is by showing them, the employer, how many people your work has benefitted. This could include people both inside and outside of the company. Have a look through some of the examples of the following “people” metrics, and think about which ones might be relevant to you and your role:
• Number of team members you’ve led or impacted
• Number of users / customers your work impacted
• Number of clients you managed
• Number of employees you supported
3. Keep it real: State the facts.
This next point is especially important if you had a varied job role, keeping it real and only stating the facts will help the hiring party understand how well versed you may be in an area of skill and ensures you don’t set yourself up to fail.
Cutting anything you may have listed in your CV that you haven’t done, or anything exaggerated, removes the chances of being over looked, because experienced hiring managers have seen it all before and will figure it out.
Keeping it factual and stating real numbers or successes is a clear winner and wont trip you up somewhere down the line.
Numbers make a huge difference for the recruiter. If you can quantify what you did in any way, you should, but honestly.
It may just be the difference between you and another candidate.
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