How to Create a Results-Oriented Resume

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated April 9, 2021 | Published March 12, 2020

Updated April 9, 2021

Published March 12, 2020

Regardless of your qualifications, you can always improve your resume-writing skills to accurately display your professional experiences. By learning how to incorporate the components of a results-oriented resume into your own resume, you can improve your chances of being contacted by an employer for an interview.

In this article, we discuss what makes a resume results-oriented, how to create a results-oriented resume and 20 example statements that you can use as a model for your own results-oriented resume.

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What is a results-oriented resume?

A results-oriented resume is one that focuses on quantitative accomplishments, rather than vague tasks that are unaccompanied by credible statements. By structuring your resume to be results-oriented, you provide employers with the opportunity to measure your success at previous jobs using specific metrics that show what you've done, instead of just telling what you've done.

Related: How to Write a Powerful Personal Statement

How to make a results-oriented resume

You can create your own results-oriented resume by following these steps:

  1. Review your current resume.

  2. Remove task-oriented statements.

  3. Replace with results-oriented statements.

  4. Revise your objective statement to summarize your achievements.

1. Review your current resume

The first step to create an effective results-oriented resume is to look over your latest resume draft. There are multiple areas where you can incorporate relevant figures (percentages, hours worked, dollars and others), including:

  • Objective statement or Summary section

  • Awards and achievements

  • Professional experiences

You want to make sure that you target your professional experience section in particular, as this is where you can use results-oriented statements to place a detailed emphasis on your achievements.

2. Remove task-oriented statements

Here are some examples of task-oriented statements that you should consider revising or removing from your resume altogether:

  • "Collected survey data from email subscribers."

  • "Oversaw day-to-day operations of the warehouse."

  • "Created software applications to improve communication flow."

These are vague statements that do not help the reader assess them as part of your qualifications. They state what you did, when instead they should be showing how your actions helped the company.

3. Replace with results-oriented statements

Once you have identified any task-oriented statements on your resume, you should revise them to become results-oriented statements, which show what you achieved using specific details. This might require you to think about how your job duties benefited your company. Consider whether or not you improved productivity, how many employees you were in charge of or how many projects you completed. These are factors you should think about to determine any figures you could incorporate to strengthen your statements.

Here are the revised versions of the previous task-oriented statements:

  • "Collected survey data from 1,000 email subscribers. Used this data to implement four new marketing strategies that helped increase sales numbers by 15% within three months."

  • "Oversaw a team of 20 employees. Delegated tasks among employees to increase overall productivity by 25%."

  • "Created five software applications to assist in communication across all 12 company departments. Miscommunication decreased by 10% as a result."

4. Revise your objective statement to summarize your achievements

Once you have revised all of your task-oriented statements into detailed results-oriented statements, you should look over your objective statement, summary or personal bio (if you choose to include one of these on your resume) and make sure this statement accurately summarizes your achievements.

For example, if the contents of your resume include figures related to increasing productivity or sales numbers, then your objective statement should act as a preview for those accomplishments. For example, you could write:

"Enthusiastic marketing professional with over five years of experience is motivated toward improving overall productivity of XYZ department to increase yearly sales targets."

Related: How to Write a Personal Bio That Draws Attention

Examples of results-oriented statements

Here are 20 examples of results-oriented statements to help you consider how you might create your own for your resume:

  1. Created fun and interactive learning experiences for 29 students each day.

  2. Increased inbound sales by 25% after restructuring content strategy.

  3. Coordinated with five different event planning services to host a conference for over 2,000 attendees.

  4. Provided daily care to over 30 patients in the ICU.

  5. Completed over 500 clinical hours as an emergency room nurse.

  6. Wrote a new employee handbook to include updated policies and time off procedures. Minimized miscommunication by 10% within the first month of its publication.

  7. Scheduled 35 email ads per day to improve marketing initiative. The company received $15,000 extra in revenue as a result.

  8. Answered an average of 50 calls per hour from software users. Provided each of them with advice to repair their software. Helped increase customer satisfaction by 10%.

  9. Served food and beverages to an average of 12 tables per hour. Increased returning-customer rate by 12%.

  10. Structured $250,000 marketing budget to pay for sales-related costs for up to six months. Ended the quarter with $100,000 left that could go back into company funding.

  11. Trained 15 new employees to become customer service representatives.

  12. Managed a team of nine IT professionals. Delegated 20 tasks among them based on skill level. Company productivity increased by 25% by the end of the month.

  13. Organized a charity auction for the Humane Society. Raised over $50,000 in funds.

  14. Produced 15 pieces of copy per week, equaling 60 pieces of copy every month.

  15. Monitored the progress of eight accounts over the span of six months. Increased revenue by 15% within that period.

  16. Oversaw crew of 50 civil engineers who completed five major infrastructure projects within two years.

  17. Installed an average of 85 routers a month to computer systems of 10 local businesses.

  18. Analyzed company financial statements to find an additional $25,000 in revenue that could be put toward current liabilities.

  19. Responded to an average of 18 emergency calls each week.

  20. Led a class of 24 individuals in intermediate Pilates for six-week sessions.

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