According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, the unemployment remained steady at 6.3%, adding 217,000 more new jobs in May.
- Professional and business services gaining 55,000 last month and has added 224,000 new jobs over the past year.
- Health Care added another 34,000, which was almost double the 19,000 it added in April!
- Leisure and Hospitality continued to grow by adding 32,000 new jobs last month and 311,000 over the past year!
- Transportation and Warehousing added 16,000 new jobs last month and has averaged 9,000 new jobs over the past 12 months!
Therefore, it is my professional opinion as an executive recruiter that it is time to engineer a new resume. To that end, one mantra I recommend is: numbers, numbers, numbers. This means to include as many quantitative accomplishments as possible. Instead of saying, “I was part of a team to implement a new MRP system” one should quantify that. For example, “as a result of my 34 man-hours managing a team of 7 IT professionals, software engineers and design engineers which resulted in our new MRP system being engineered 30% ahead of schedule and saving our company $4.5 million.”
Especially if you are an engineer, scientist, IT, R&D, technical or manufacturing professional, you should include such quantitative accomplishments as patents, awards and any ways you have made or saved money for your employer. This will be a lot easier to quantify if you are an engineer, scientist or technical professional, but everyone can accomplish this task with some planning and calculations. Remember as a rule of thumb for every dollar you are paid in your job, your company will earn $3 or more for your efforts. To that end, an employer needs to feel that you will be generating profit from your work. That is why you should include as many “numbers” in your resume as possible.