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about 4 years ago by Debbie Lloyd

5 essential figures for your CV

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Here is a article from CV Library about the 5 important figures you should include on your CV. 

Your CV provides potential employers with the opportunity to find out more about you and how you operate at a professional level. While it is important to put in relevant information about your previous roles and what they entailed, it is crucial that you also include facts, essential figures and metrics to strengthen your CV.

If you fail to include these in your CV, potential employers will have no real insight into the way in which you worked, the level you worked at or how much of an impact you made in those roles. Including numbers throughout your CV will provide employers with examples that are quantifiable and highlight your achievements as well as proving just how valuable you could be to them.

 Here are five essential figures that you should include.

1. Finances


For any business, finances are a crucial aspect of its success and so including financial figures throughout your CV will give employers details they can relate to. You can mention important facts such as the budgets that you managed and what that budget consisted of. Of course, businesses also like to save money, so if you managed to negotiate lower prices with suppliers, show them how much you saved.

Employers love to see successful sales figures so include any quarterly sales figures or your end of year numbers. Give them something meaningful because business owners will appreciate the fact that you take finances seriously.

2. Locations


Demonstrating the fact that you have made a real impact in a number of locations can prove that you are adaptable. How many different countries has a role required you to cover? How many regional offices have you managed? All of this is vital to an employer, particularly if they require you to work across or manage more than one location.

3. Time


We all know that time is money when it comes to business and that is why it is so valuable to employers. Show potential employers just how important time is to you by including examples of deadlines that you met on any projects that you were involved in.

You may have helped to implement processes that enhanced efficiency and saved staff time or you might have delivered a task ahead of schedule. These are facts that are very important to employers because they like to see that time is just as important to you as it is to them.

4. Size


You should include statistics that relate to size, in order to quantify the value of your work. This will enable employers to understand just how crucial you have been to your current or past employers. Have you taken charge of a large project? If so, how much was that project worth? Do you have a customer base that is of a considerable size? Explaining just how many clients you have can ensure that they know what value you can bring and that you can manage a large client base.

If you were a team leader or managed a team, how many people were you in charge of? Let them know the figures that relate to the size of your responsibilities and successes because this will give them a real insight into how you operate in the workplace.

5. Percentages


Using percentages can show potential employers how you have made improvements or how you made a positive impact in your previous roles. Percentages are a great way for employers to really understand and see just how much of a success you have been for other employers. You could include an example of any targets that you had to meet, but highlight how you went over and above that target. For example: “I achieved 120% of the annual target in year one.”

If you work in a customer services related role, how many queries did you resolve successfully in one week or a month? Finally, you may have saved a department a certain percentage on its spending and so, informing potential employers of your impact with percentages will give them something that they can certainly work with.

Source: CV Library