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One of things I do in my Resume is try to quantify the impact my work has had in the particular company I was with at the time. The reason is it shows the value my work had added to the business. Is this what you guys do as well or am I the only one?

In my previous job this was easy as I worked on short/medium internal applications and it was fairly easy to measure end result. For example, external consulting company quoted $50,000 for an application Business Services department wanted I completed it in 3 days so I say I saved the company $48,000.

I have been in my current job for 3 years but all of it has been on 1 single well established product. About 30% work is maintenance and 70% work is on new modules. I have worked on various modules like API (WCF), Security (2 factor authentication), etc.

How should I quantify work on modules?

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You're not the only one. In fact, most resume writing books and articles suggest quantifying results. It helps the reader go beyond your skill set and see the direct benefits you bring to any organization. A few quantifications off the top of my head:

  • Cut maintenance time required by X%.
  • Cut average service response time by X%.
  • Introduced technology X, process X, or technique X, which saved the average developer 15 minutes a day - multiply by 5 developers, 5 days a week...
  • In 6 months of development, bug reports dropped from an average of 10 per week to 5 per week.
  • Implemented feature X, which included all of these important decisions, algorithms, and relationships: ...
  • Mentored peers in technology X which allowed us to do Y.
  • Made an important decision which saved the company X dollars.
  • I did X and this is why that's important: ...
  • Improved group morale because of X, Y, Z.
  • Reduced meeting times from X hours a week to half that.
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