Using the STAR Method to Create Bullet Points

Not only should bullet points list the things you did at a job, but they should also highlight all of your accomplishments and successes within the position. 

We identified two primary types of bullet points: task-orientated and achievement-orientated. Task-orientated bullets focus on the work you undertook, not the skills you mastered for completing such projects. Achievement-orientated bullets emphasize the skills you already have that will be helpful to your future employer. Try switching your bullets from task-orientated to achievement-orientated by using the STAR method. 

STAR Method

Situation: What was the situation, problem, or conflict you faced?

Task: What were you tasked with? What were your responsibilities or goals?

Action: What action did you take? How did you solve this problem? (start with action verbs)

Result: What was the result or outcome of your action? How did it benefit the organization? Can this result be quantified?

Structure - Action verb (in past tense) noun [what did you do?] additional descriptive phrases [Where? How? How many? For whom? Etc.]

The following examples demonstrate things to avoid while writing your bullet points, as well as how to successfully implement the STAR method to create effective bullets. 

Example: Ineffective bullet point

  • Lead weekly brainstorming meetings with 5+ members of the marketing team

Example: Effective bullet point

  • Developed market penetration strategies in brainstorming meetings directly responsible for increasing market share by 33%

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