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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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