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Self Suggests Polishing Your Creds to Get Hired

April's Self presents an unusual, but timely topic in its Happiness Update section —"Getting Hired Right Now." The advice ranges from tips on exuding confidence during an interview to being open to criticism, but I am most impressed by the reminder to beef up your résumé with stats instead of a standard description of your past positions. Self says:

Polish Your Creds: To make your résumé shine, quantify your achievements. ("I increased profits by 9 percent" versus simply saying "sales experiences.") If you email your CV, mention one of your feats in the subject line. ("Teacher who improved class test scores 10 percent seeks position.") Finally, address a dry spell by listing what you've accomplished during your hiatus (e.g., getting involved in a charity).

Making a few careful improvements could be what it takes to bring your résumé from presentable to professional. I couldn't agree more that using quantitative credentials better markets your skills than any title you've held.

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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I just hired 2 different people for 2 different positions, and I didn't pay an ounce of attention to the subject lines in the emails, or the made up percentages in the line items. But, maybe other people find these things important.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this could be good - but a lot of people don't quite know what the % level was for success in what they've done, so that may lead people to 'lie' on their resume. i know that it's good to quantify what you've done since you want to stand out, but for myself, i know that i'm productive and have accomplished things, but i can't say for sure that i've raised something by XX% and i've been in the workforce for a long time.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Good idea. I'm always crunching random numbers, and I keep track so I have them when I ask for a raise. I'll have to remember to take them with me when I go.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Great ideas, very useful.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great idea!
syako syako 8 years
Oh I love that subject line one. What a neat way to stick out.
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