If you’re active in the job market, chances are you’ve come across an article or two promoting bulleted resumes as the latest way to get noticed by hiring managers. And, for good reason.
Bulleted resumes make skimming easier, and we know recruiters skim read; they help key points stand out instead of getting lost in a block of text; and when done well they’re usually more concise than the traditional, multi-paragraph styles.
Ready to get in on the trend and try a bulleted resume but not sure where to start? Follow these tips to make the most of bulleted formatting and get noticed by interested employers.
Three Tips For Nailing Your Bulleted Resume:
- Focus on achievements and measurable results
- Limit bullet points to 3-5 of your most impressive stats and stories
- Write in an active voice
Focus On Achievements & Measurable Results
If you’re in a field where you’re expected to meet measurable goals, then this aspect of creating a bulleted resume will be easy for you. Share details like what percent of your performance goal you met regularly or the ROI on ideas you implemented or projects you were in charge of. Focus on your best work.
If some of your roles have been less goal-focused and centered more around daily or repetitive tasks (think admin and customer-service heavy positions), then it might take a little more finesse to write interesting bullet points.
Think about all the challenges you overcame in your position and how you improved your work environment, even if you can’t measure the results with hard numbers. Did you organize an entire department? Create forms that streamlined procedures? Revamp the training program to make it more efficient and effective? Share how you’ve made your mark at every job.
Keep It Relevant, Impressive, and Concise
Generally speaking, you should aim to share no less than three bullet points per position and no more than five. The easiest way to keep your bulleted resume from getting too long is to remember the goal is to concentrate on achievements, not duties.
Each bullet should highlight one of your most impressive job stats or victories. If there are too many to choose from, then force yourself to pick the top five that are also the most relevant to the position you’re applying for and list only those. You can always share additional stats in your interview.
Make Sure You Write in an Active Voice
One thing not many recruiters talk about is writing in an active voice. Using an active voice is more powerful and helps future employers to see you as the catalyst to generating positive results. And luckily, switching from a passive voice to an active voice is easier than you might think when you follow these simple active writing tricks.