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How to Improve Your Resume Bullet Points

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One of the most common mistakes applicants make on their resume is simply listing the tasks they were responsible for in previous jobs without explaining their accomplishments. To truly differentiate yourself from other candidates with similar backgrounds, you need to go above and beyond the fundamentals.

Poline Search Partners has joined forces with Resume Pilots, a premier resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile writing service, to provide invaluable resume insights. With expert tips and tricks, we aim to elevate your resume game, ensuring you stand out and capture recruiters’ attention.

Types of Bullet Points

On your resume, you want to include a combination of task-based and achievement-based bullet points. Task-based bullet points describe your skills and your main responsibilities in your position. Achievement-based bullet points go one step further by providing concrete examples of your impact on the organization. We recommend incorporating as many achievement-based bullet points into your resume as possible.

Ideal Number of Bullet Points?

You should aim to have anywhere from three to six bullet points for each job you’ve had. Your most recent positions should include the most information. Stick to only the most important points for some of your earlier experiences.

Recipe for Achievement-Based Bullet Points

Achievement-based bullet points are made up of three components:
1. Main point
2. Example
3. Explanation

By weaving these three components together, you will create more convincing and engaging content.

Main Points
Your main points are the day-to-day tasks that you completed. Examples include things like: (i) recruiting and interviewing candidates, (ii) making sales calls, or (iii) analyzing profit and loss statements.

Examples
Your examples take your main point one step further to make them more specific.

In other words, how were your day-to-day tasks specific to your role within the company?

  • Recruiting and interviewing candidates for entry-level analyst roles
  • Making sales calls to current and potential high-net-worth clients
  • Analyzing profit and loss statements for the beverage division on a weekly, monthly and annual basis

Explanation
Your explanation elaborates on the above and links the task you completed to its impact on the company.

  • Recruiting and interviewing candidates for entry-level analyst roles, helping expand the department by 20%
  • Making sales calls to current and potential high-net-worth clients, consistently exceeding sales goals by 15%
  • Analyzing profit and loss statements for the beverage division on a weekly, monthly, and annual basis to identify discrepancies, ensure accurate reporting and determine areas for improvement

Key Takeaway

By crafting evidence-based bullet points as demonstrated above, you’ll stand out from other applicants and increase your chances of landing interviews.

About Resume Pilots
Resume Pilots is a resume writing service that works with driven, successful applicants at all stages of their careers. Previous clients include finance and pharmaceutical CEOs, senior managers in top consulting firms, and recent graduates working for the largest global companies.

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