3 Ways To Emphasize Your ROI On Your Resume

Creating your resume, but stumped for ideas beyond your job titles, places of employment, and education? Getting employers to pick up the phone requires a much stronger brand message!

If you haven’t focused on your ROI—the benefit companies get when hiring you—your job search can go on indefinitely. You might believe that recruiters or hiring managers will “get” this message from reading about your past jobs or span of authority. But guess what? With plenty of resumes to review, most hiring managers won’t take the time to connect the dots in your background.

Therefore, if you’ve made a significant difference at past employers, but your resume doesn’t provide this evidence, you’ll lose your shot at landing an interview (while employers hire your competition instead).

So, as you write your resume, consider adding these quantifiable measures of your performance to emphasize your ROI and stand out to hiring managers.

How do you put your ROI on your resume?

To effectively emphasize your ROI on your resume, consider adding numbers to these specific areas: comparisons to others, revenue and profit improvement, and cost containment.

Do you wear many hats at your current job? Employees who can perform more than one job simultaneously are often credited with improving the company’s bottom line. On your resume, you’ll be able to show the savings gained by helping your employer avoid the need to hire or train an additional staff member, as in these examples:

  • Cut 34% from training budget by assuming new project leadership role for Global Standards initiative.
  • Eliminated need to hire new team members by performing dual roles in operations and sales, with estimated $80K annual savings.

ROI can also be demonstrated by comparing your work to others on your team, or to a predecessor who held the same role prior to your tenure. You may be more efficient or better able to understand customer needs—saving your employer additional effort (such as multiple sales calls or additional work on technical problems)—than your counterparts. If so, put these savings into a dollar figure by calculating the cost of rework for use on your resume.



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