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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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14Numbers count

How to impress by numbers, using sales figures, savings, turnaround times and other relevant metrics.

Quantifying the business impact of your actions will do wonders in terms of impressing a potential employer.

Did you know that the Charge of the Light Brigade, generally regarded as a catastrophic British military blunder, was actually nothing of the sort? According to Terry Brighton, author of a book about the battle, some 60% of the men who took part returned ‘without a scratch’ and judged the encounter to be a success. I mention this not out of any revisionary zeal, but because I want to pick up on the phrase ‘some 60% of the men who took part’. If instead of specifying ‘60%’ the sentence stated ‘quite a few’ or ‘the majority’, ...

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