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Bullet Points

Create Powerful Bullet Points

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These main ideas or "bullet points" give the reader a true picture of your skills and qualifications

by showing off each of your relevant transferable skills and abilities. Make sure to keep them

relevant to the industry in which you are applying. 

 

Experience

  • This is the most important part of the résumé and usually the longest 

  • The purpose of this section is to show a potential employer you have the transferable skills to be successful in the position you are applying for.   

  • In this section, start with present or most recent position and work backwards 

  • Detail only the last four or five positions or employment covering the years in college, unless earlier information is relevant 

  • Be sure to list all substantial experiences, whether paid or unpaid. Employers like to see volunteer and community work. 

Job Position 

  • Your job title, company name, city, state and dates position was held (start & end date - year and month are sufficient) 

  • Describe your accomplishments, responsibilities and transferable skills 

  • Begin each bullet point with a third person, past tense action verb (for past positions) OR present tense action verb  – see below examples

Job Description

  • Great job descriptions include all of the following: action + object = outcomes

  • When possible, note any achievements or key lessons learned from your experiences.

  • Highlight what you have done in a concise, powerful, action-oriented way.

  • Since position titles usually do not do justice to the work performed, it is advisable to highlight the functions for which you were responsible.

  • Be careful about listing multiple short term experiences (less than 6 months).  

 
 
Examples of Action Verbs:

Management Skills

Communication Skills

Detail-Oriented Skills

administered
analyzed
assigned
consolidated
coordinated
delegated
developed
directed
evaluated
executed
improved
organized
oversaw
planned
prioritized
produced
recommended
reviewed
supervised
authored
corresponded
developed
directed
drafted
edited
enlisted
formulated
influenced
interpreted
mediated
moderated
motivated
negotiated
persuaded
promoted
publicized
recruited
wrote
approved
arranged
cataloged
classified
collected
compiled
dispatched
inspected
monitored
operated
organized
prepared
processed
purchased
recorded
retrieved
screened
specified
validated
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