Does anyone have suggestions for establishing metrics (for a Manager Tools/Career Tools style resume) when all of your accomplishments are that you created something where nothing existed before? AND those projects have not been available long enough to be able to measure meaningful improvement over time?

For example: I created training workshops where none existed before. The number of people trained so far looks fairly small (to me) but is relatively good in for this particular organization/situation. Compared to anywhere else I've worked, the numbers, as metrics, look laughably small, even thooug within this context the accomplishments are really quite good. I guess part of my problem is to me these metrics make it look like I've been less effective here than elsewhere, even though I know that is not the case. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

ktpru's picture
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Hi Doris,

If the numbers are small, show the percentage increase.  For example, if there was only 2 of something and you increased it to 5.  The percentage increase would be 150%.

Here is a useful online Percentage Increase Calculator:


You can also use the Percentage Difference Calculator if you are starting out with 0.  If that is the case, the Percentage Difference will always be 200%.

The formuals and explanations are on the website.


Chris Zeller's picture
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You might also consider quantifying the results or "time saved" as a result of the new training material in terms of cost reductions. For example, let's say you have 10 people with average earnings of $65,000/year. ($65,000*10) /52 weeks = $12,500/40 hours = $312.50/hour.

If training people on a new process or system saves everyone an hour each week, then you're looking at $312.50 * 52 = $16,250/year in base cost reductions.