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Isaiah Hankel
Isaiah Hankel
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Join Isaiah as he discusses why PhDs should add quantified results to their industry resume and how to identify your quantified results

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah explains why you should add quantified results to your resume 
  • Next, Isaiah discloses why PhDs have such a hard time figuring out what quantified results to add to their resumes
  • Finally, Isaiah reviews how to craft the perfect bullet point for a resume that will catch the eye of employers and recruiters

From This Week’s Show… 

Why It’s Important To Add Quantified Results To Your Resume

Every single bullet point on your resume needs to end in a qualified result. You can easily transition to this part of your bullet point using language like “resulting in…” “as demonstrated by…” or “as evidence by…”.  

It is challenging to sit down and figure out your past results and then to quantify them? Yes. It is certainly more challenging than just listing skills, duties and experiences in your resume, but is the only way to move past the resume stage to the phone screen stage.  

Eye tracking studies have shown that employers’ eyes pause at length on numbers. But there’s a catch. The numbers have to be written numerically, as in the number “10,” not “ten.”

Examples of qualified results include: “resulting in # of ABC reports” or “resulting in # publications, including a publication in ABC journal,” whereby “#” refers to a numerical value like “10”.

Why PhDs Have Such A Hard Time Adding Quantified Results To Their Resume

The main reason is because many PhDs experience a sense of imposter syndrome when formulating the results section of their bullet points. In short, they don’t think they have achieved any worthwhile results.

PhDs often feel like they can’t claim a result as an achievement if anyone else was involved. If somebody else touched the figure, paper, or presentation, these PhDs think it was a joint effort and feel guilty adding the result to their resume.

You need to claim the results that you were a part of because no one is going to claim your results for you. If you do not have the courage to claim ownership in part or in whole over your past achievements, why would any employer ever hire you?

How To Craft The Perfect Bullet Points For Your Industry Resume

To finalize the perfect 3-part bullet point for your industry resume, you will need to sandwich the transferable skills you placed at the beginning of your bullet points together with the quantified results you placed at the end of the bullet points.

How do you make this sandwich? With your technical or specialty skills, but only those that are relevant to the job at hand.

Examples of how to structure these technically stacked connecting phrases include: “with in-depth knowledge of XYZ research technique,” “experience in XYZ instrument including XYZ instrument,” and “with an ability to develop and test questionnaires related to XYZ field.”

If you’re ready to start your transition into industry, you can apply to book a free Transition Call with our founder Isaiah Hankel, PhD or one of our Transition Specialists. Apply to book a Transition Call here.

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