How to Write the Perfect Bullet Point for Your Resume

The bullet points on your resumes shouldn’t just list the things you did at the job, they should be a highlight reel of all of your accomplishments. 

Task-orientated bullets focus on the work that was undertaken and not the mastery of skills you receive for completing such tasks. Moving to achievement orientation bullets will emphasize the skills you already have in place that will be helpful to your future employer. 

STAR Method

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

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

Action: What action did you take? What did you do to 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.]

Examples of ineffective bullet points:

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

Revised:

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

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