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Resumes For Dummies, 6th Edition by Joyce Lain Kennedy

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Chapter 18

Ten (x3) Ways to Prove Your Claims

In This Chapter

arrow Number statements to prove your accomplishments

arrow Percentage statements to document your claims

arrow Dollar-amount statements to back your results

So you have excellent communications skills, or you meet people well, or you can make a computer work magic. At least, that’s what you assert. How can I (an employer) believe you?

I’m more likely to believe your claims of skills and accomplishments when you back them up with specifics. A good start on backing up your statements is measuring them with numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts.

Compare the following statements in Column A with the statements in Column B. Which is the strongest, most attention-grabbing, most convincing?

Column A

Column B

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Designed internal company insurance plan to replace outside plan at great savings.

Designed $30 million self-insured health plan, saving estimated $5 million per year over previous external plan

I think you’ll agree that the Column B statements win hands down! The take-home message is measure, measure, measure. Look ...

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