What works in this example:
Clear evidence of success - “Launched 8 new products and increased market share by 25%” provides hiring managers with a clear, measurable achievement
Shows industry keywords - successful training and strategic plans are industry skills that show the execution of strong leadership and how the candidate will impact success at their target company
Mentions specific data - showing specific dollar amounts like “$1.2M in revenue” speak to the candidate’s leadership capabilities as well as fiscal impact
The example above is a great improvement. It communicates key achievements instead of generic roles and responsibilities.
How to quantify impact on your resume
Potential employers want directors who are leaders in their industry and will bring success to their company. Show recruiters that you’re the right fit by quantifying impact on your director resume.
Achieve this by using quantifiable metrics and measurable data when highlighting your successes from previous roles. Using numbers in your resume shows clear results instead of generic claims.
Here are a few areas to consider when referring back to achievements in previous directorial roles:
Precise number of projects managed or directed, as this quantifies your experience and indicates the breadth of your responsibility
Budgets you've been responsible for and the total dollar value managed, showcasing your financial stewardship and accountability
Number of team members you've led or managed, demonstrating leadership skills and your ability to handle teams of different sizes
Percentage improvements in operational efficiency or project delivery timelines, emphasizing your results-driven approach and efficiency
Revenue growth or profit increases under your direction, underscoring your direct impact on the company's bottom line
Number of cross-functional teams or departments you've coordinated with, highlighting your collaboration skills and ability to work across various disciplines
Percentage of projects completed on-time and on-budget, reflecting your reliability and effectiveness in project management
Significant reductions in costs or wastage achieved during your tenure, showcasing your proactive approach to resource optimization and fiscal responsibility
How to list your hard skills and soft skills on your resume
Showing director level skills are key to creating an impactful resume. Hiring managers want to know that you have the right leadership skills, as well as the necessary industry knowledge to do the job.
Skills on your director resume will be in two categories - hard skills and soft skills.
Hard skills are the technical knowledge and abilities needed to perform job duties. Soft skills are the interpersonal and communication skills needed to interact with others.
Hard skills are generally straightforward and show proficiency in specific areas. They may vary slightly by niche if you are a director in a specialized industry.
Let’s look at an example of hard skills on a director resume.