ROI-Based Resumes

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Have you made a company money? Saved a company money?

Let recruiters know!

An ROI (return on investment) based resume is a type of resume that focuses on the tangible results and impact that a candidate has had in their previous roles. While not realistic for student and entry-level job seekers, mid-senior level professionals should consider this format.

To write an ROI-based resume, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight your achievements: Make sure to include specific examples of how you have added value to your previous employers. Use numbers and statistics to demonstrate the impact you have made.
  2. Use action verbs: Use powerful action verbs such as “increased,” “decreased,” “saved,” and “improved” to show how you have made a difference in your previous roles.
  3. Tailor your resume to the job: Make sure to tailor your resume to the specific job you are applying for by highlighting the skills and achievements that are most relevant to the position.
  4. Use metrics to quantify your achievements: Use metrics such as revenue growth, cost savings, and productivity improvements to show the ROI of your work.
  5. Showcase your leadership skills: Include examples of how you have led teams or projects and the impact you have had on their success.
  6. Be concise: Make sure to use clear and concise language throughout your resume, and keep it to one or two pages in length.
  7. Proofreading: As always, double-check for any errors in grammar, punctuation or spelling.

By following these steps, you can create a compelling ROI-based resume that showcases your value as a candidate and demonstrates how you can contribute to the success of a company.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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