How to Quantify Accomplishments When You Don’t Have Much Experience


When it comes to your resume, one of the best ways to make it stand out is by quantifying your accomplishments. This simply means assigning numbers – like amounts, dollars, and percentages – to your achievements.

But what if you haven’t been in your career for a long time and therefore don’t have a lot of experience? Morgan Hunter can help. Here are some tips from our KC recruiters on how to write a great resume, even without an extensive career history.

Start with the summary.

Gone are the days of the objective at the top of a resume. Instead, include a summary of qualifications. This should be four to six bullet points that highlight the skills and abilities that make you the best person for the job. Your goal here is to get the attention of the hiring manager so they keep on reading your resume.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine what to include:

  • What can you do well that this position requires?
  • What will be most valuable to the hiring company?
  • What activities have you participated in and what subjects have you studied that have prepared you for this job?

Decide whether to put education or experience first.

If you’re a recent graduate or don’t have any work experience, consider putting your education first. This is especially true if you can cite awards, accolades, extracurricular activities, and an impressive GPA.

However, even if you don’t have a lot of paid work experience, but you do have plenty of internships and volunteer jobs under your belt, then list those first, ahead of education.

Focus on accomplishments.

Whether you held a volunteer role, had an internship, or simply worked at a job to pay for schooling, there are likely different accomplishments you can cite. For instance, how many times did you perform a certain task? Were you responsible for helping the organization save time or money in any way? Did you train fellow employees; if so how many? And did you win any awards for your hard work?

This experience might not be directly related to the job you’re applying to. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include it, especially when you don’t have a long work history.

Pay attention to details.

Once your resume is complete, make sure you edit and proofread it several times to check for any errors in spelling or grammar. Then ask a friend or family member to review it for you, as well. It’s easy to miss mistakes and you don’t want a small one to harm your chances of getting a call for an interview.

Need help with your job search?

Contact the KC recruiters at Morgan Hunter. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers find the next great opportunity in their careers and we’d welcome the opportunity to help you too. Contact our team today or search our Kansas City jobs now.