Resume Tip Tuesday: How to Create Striking Bullet Points

Posted July 16, 2013

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Your resume is probably going to be 75 percent bullet points (ballpark figure). It’s really the easiest way to break down all the reasons why you are awesome in a digestible, scannable way. It’s up to you to make sure each bullet point under your job headings are just as impressive as the last. There is no room for mediocrity here!

Some of your competition will write terrible bullet points -- a lackluster, lengthy laundry list of what they did and when they did it. Speed ahead of these folks by writing some extremely striking bullet points about your achievements. How, you ask?

(Great question!)

Do it by following the advice of Robyn Dizes, Manager, Career Development Services at Peirce College:

1. Include Specific Numbers

“When looking at resumes, the mistake I see the most is not having enough numbers under work accomplishments,” Dizes says. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of adding the numbers in. Dizes offers the following fantastic example:

• Oversaw yearly offsite training courses for team members become…

• Oversaw $200,000 training program for 8 offsite courses for 300+ team members

2. Back up your qualities and strengths

Instead of creating a long (and boring) list with all your qualities (e.g., disciplined, creative, problem solver) try to connect them with real life and work experiences. In other words, you need to back these qualities and strengths up; otherwise it will appear that you are just trying to inflate things.

3. Coursework Can Set You Apart

Relevant, valuable coursework on your resume is a fantastic bullet point.

“This is especially important for say, an older worker who got a degree in accounting back in 1980, who is able to show that their skills are up to date by taking online, evening, or certificate courses in relevant areas,” Dizes says. “This is also a great recommendation for career changers.”

4. Remember, You Don’t Have to List Every Little Thing

“If you have job experiences that you are not proud of, or that are not relevant to the current opportunity, you should just omit them,” she says. “Mentioning that you used to sell hamburgers when you were 17 is probably not going to help you land that executive position.”

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