I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance.
I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I left 1.5 years ago, where I did well in maintaining a high percentage of full-time billable hours (>85%). Typical industry averages are ~70%. Otherwise, I can't think of other hard facts to backup my hard work.
Here's my background: I am applying to software engineering positions, and I am trying to describe my 3 years as an environmental consultant in a way that will bolster my application. Since there is not much overlap between the two, and since my consulting position didn't have many hard metrics that represents my performance, I think my billable hours might provide a metric for my work ethic.
Other related metrics from my environmental consulting experience are:
I acquired a repeat customer, who would call and request me specifically for his jobs
A positive email to my manager from another client who was pleased with my work, also requesting me to come out for future jobs
a very positive annual review from my manager and co-workers
I won 3 "excellence awards" at the company - an internal reward system, which was basically a $50 gift card for doing good work on a project. These were delivered about 4x a month at a 100 person company.
While this demonstrates something positive, I think it is too soft and wordy for a resume. Any suggestions on how to describe this experience on a resume for an aspiring software engineer? Right now, I am relying on my 1 year of experience as a software engineering research assistant, although I would like to convey my hard work as an environmental consultant as much as possible.
My current resume description of my environmental consulting experience is basically 2 bullets:
Maintained over 85% full-time billable hours through processing and interpreting environmental field data for environmental monitoring, subsurface investigations, and chemical exposure assessments
Performed quality assurance checks on sample data to ensure strict adherence to regulatory standards
I'm filling the rest of my resume with personal projects, skills, relevant coursework, and relevant experience in software engineering. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.