How to Write a Resume: Business Multipliers

I am going to be starting a series of posts on the nuances of writing a resume…the CORRECT way, and in particular, within your Experience section. As seen if former articles here and here about writing PAR statements for each line of dialogue, I wish to expand upon the first portion on “quantifiers,” and its impact on your resume. These quantifiers are essentially your idea of what that particular line of dialogue is trying to convey to the reader. What are you saying to them and it better be something relating to bottom-line impact. What does that mean? Let me show you some examples, while keeping in mind that these are meant to excite the hiring manger or recruiter into the caliber of candidate you are, as well as your ability to hit the ground running with your targeted job:

Streamlining operational efficiency
Cutting costs
Achieving cost-savings
Enhancing resource allocation/utilization
Saving time
Securing revenue gains
Maximizing profitability
Optimizing productivity
Reducing discrepancy volume
Automating workflow
Improving throughput
Mitigating regulatory risks by ensuring compliance
Diminishing liabilities by sustaining patient safety
Improving performance by training staff
Providing support to reduce staff burdens
Acquiring and retaining client by driving satisfaction
Reducing waste
Implementing process improvements
Revamping programs
Transforming operations
Leading change implementation
Strengthening traceability or transparency
Maintaining quality
Expediting time-to-market
Monitoring on-time deliverables
Reducing logistical disruption
Improving capabilities
Advancing shared organizational goals
Cross-functionally communicating to share insights
Increasing capacity
Translating technical information to simplify content understanding
Removing bottlenecks
Expanding outreach to build visibility, brand awareness and exposure
Reducing variability
Accelerating goal attainment
Cultivating community relations
Gaining stakeholder buy-in
Integrating processes
Managing projects from concept through on-time, within-budget execution
Reducing shrink
Minimizing cycle times
Securing ROI
Releasing processing capacity

As you can probably tell, there are hundreds of these. Use them. Incorporate them correctly. Do not try to reuse them throughout the same resume. Mix it up. If one of your tasks can get converted into one of these business multipliers, you’ve done your job correctly. You’ve improved your content, enabled the readers to see you are thinking about their money and eliminated redundancies! Think all you did was shuffle paperwork around for the big wigs? Not anymore. Now you “strengthened traceability by producing and sharing reports with stakeholders to help with informed executive decision-making,” or “automated workflow by managing stakeholder document control for improved data tracking, sharing and retrieval.”

See? Doesn’t that sound better. Now go do that for EACH AND EVERY line of dialogue on your resume. Make each word count, like a screenplay. No fillers. Your livelihood’s at stake and your competition’s resume is already on PAR.

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