How to Make Your Resume Stand Out with Bullet Points

How to Make Your Resume Stand Out with Bullet Points

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Job candidates often have only a matter of seconds to impress hiring managers with their resume. In order to ensure that your resume is easily read and digested, you should format it with bullet points rather than large blocks of text. Bullet points should speak directly to your accomplishments rather than your duties. Historically, resumes were laundry lists of responsibilities. However, modern recruiters prefer to see the real, measurable impact that you had in previous positions.

Sometimes, distinguishing between a duty and an accomplishment can be difficult. Moreover, you may struggle to decide which accomplishments to include given the very limited space on a resume. When creating your resume, you should try to approach bullet points from an objective point of view and ask yourself which achievements are a big deal. Earning awards and surpassing goals are impressive achievements, especially when compared to the duties behind these accomplishments, such as customer service and logistics planning. Do the bullet points demonstrate not only what you did, but what you did well?

As much as possible, you should quantify your accomplishments. As a general rule of thumb, if you can put a number to your achievement, it appears more impressive and should be included as a bullet point. By how much did you surpass your goal? In addition, how much money did your new logistical plan save the company? Try to link these quantifications to problems faced by the company. Perhaps the company struggled to expand its client base, so you created an event that ended up attracting 50 percent more people than expected and directly boosted sales by 10 percent.

Moreover, bullet points should relate to the job in question. If you accomplished something in a field directly relevant to the desired position, you should highlight that achievement above all others. Always point to some of your core duties with bullet points. While it is important to highlight awards, you also need to convey an accurate sense of your day-to-day responsibilities. Some duties are a given. If a bullet point seems to reflect common sense, ask yourself how you can directly relate it to the new position or somehow quantify it.

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