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Old 01-31-2014, 08:29 PM
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I'm a 20 something grad student, I've never really put much thought into this, because in this fast-paced world I didn't think that anyone would take the time to verify the exact numbers associated with previous accomplishments such as these which don't exactly "jump out" at you. Take this example:

(Old Internship)
Processed raw data into 20 robust process maps, produced 25 standard operating procedures, drafted 15 project plans, formulated rationale to support 9 objectives for white paper x.

Routine, mundane stuff right?

Over the winter break I was contracted to develop a risk assessment and draft a course of action; after unforeseen events jeopardized a 500k investment into new equipment. My work was two answer to fundamental questions, should the investment be finalized and determining the likelihood of a particular event occurring that would have a negative impact on future business.

This was at a small private company, owned by someone related to my family (which is how I got the contract in the first place).

I'm pondering whether I should even mention the 500k figure because I can't show future prospective employers my work. Even if they call up the owner of the company he might not confirm the number and even if he does, I get the feeling that prospective employers might become suspicious; "why would the owner entrust someone like him(me) with making assessments and COAs by himself when he has never done any previous work with anywhere close that amount of money? Sounds like a big risk (no pun intended)".

Maybe I'm just overthinking things as usual, or maybe I have valid concerns.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:34 PM
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At the end of the day it's just numbers on paper. Leave it off, good luck.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:37 PM
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A couple of quantifiable things I wouldn't lie about on an application: dates of employment and salary.

If you can say it, and have the story to back it up with measurable results, then do so.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:49 PM
Location: Massachusetts
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If you can explain how you succeeded at those two projects in great detail, I think they are impressive achievements to leave on your resume.

I don't see why a relative wouldn't back you up on the 500K one.
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