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If I'm describing what I did on a resume, do i necessarily need to say that I saved X, increased/ decreased Y, etc or, put another way, can I use stand-alone descriptions in my resume without the numbers when I need to describe what my job duties are, and there really aren't (or needn't be) any numbers behind what I'm saying?

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    Yes, you want to be as quantitative/objective as possible. – Joel DeWitt Jul 31 '16 at 14:17
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    Important for your employer parameters should be quantified. – PM 77-1 Jul 31 '16 at 19:54
  • @PM77-1 "Employment parameters" means what, exactly? – Jesse Cohoon Jul 31 '16 at 21:05
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    If you are a manager then it could be the size of teams you managed,, for a typist - words per minute, for a pilot - total of flight hours, etc. Numbers can express your skills and experience and not just achievements. – PM 77-1 Jul 31 '16 at 21:49
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If I'm describing what I did on a resume, do i necessarily need to say that I saved X, increased/ decreased Y, etc or,

It depends on what you did. Were you an accountant? Or part of management?

put another way, can I use stand-alone descriptions in my resume without the numbers when I need to describe what my job duties are, and there really aren't (or needn't be) any numbers behind what I'm saying?

If numbers aren't required, don't use them. You may find quality more relevant that quantity.

Resume should list 2 or 3 tasks (and percent of time spent on them. These must add to 100%)

Under each task, you list sub-tasks such that it falls into

  1. Situation
  2. Action
  3. Task (maybe lump this with Action)
  4. Result

At the end of day, you need to connect your 2 or 3 tasks with the result that benefits your organization

  • I'm a technical writer and graphics person. I do what I'm told, and may not know the results from it because it's an "one off" project. – Jesse Cohoon Jul 30 '16 at 14:40

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