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3 tips to Craft Impactful and Memorable Job Role Bullet Points on Your Resume

Your resume’s bullet points are your opportunity to shine a spotlight on your accomplishments. I often see individuals list their responsibilities on their resume for each role. Instead, you can ensure your resume stands out from the competition by following these 3 tips to craft impactful and memorable job role bullet points on your resume.

  1. Quantify Your Achievements: Whenever possible, use specific numbers and metrics to quantify your accomplishments. This gives your bullet points more impact and demonstrates the tangible results of your work.

    For example, instead of saying “Improved sales,” you could say “Increased sales revenue by 20% within the first quarter.” If you are hesitant to say you forecasted a $10 million budget, you could say a 5-figure budget or a multi-million-dollar budget instead.
  2. Highlight Relevant Skills and Achievements: Tailor each bullet point to the specific job you’re applying for. Focus on showcasing skills and achievements that are directly relevant to the position. Review the job description and use keywords from it to align your bullet points with the employer’s needs.

    An example might be that you have “Led a team of 10 members to execute marketing campaigns.” Instead, say to yourself, “Who cares?” and “What happened as a result of this?” When thinking of it that way, your bullet point may change to “Managed a cross-functional team of 10 marketing professionals to successfully execute and optimize marketing campaigns, resulting in a 25% increase in brand visibility over a quarter.”
  3. Use Action Verbs: Start each bullet point with a strong action verb to convey proactivity and impact. Avoid passive language and opt for verbs like “achieved,” “managed,” “implemented,” “initiated,” or “led” to convey your contributions effectively.

    Try your best not to repeat the same verb under one job role. If needed, leverage Microsoft Word’s thesaurus option with a right-click, but don’t use a verb that isn’t commonly understood (rule of thumb: if it sounds weird to you, it will sound weird to them).

By carefully aligning your resume’s bullet points with the specific job you’re applying for, you increase your chances of standing out as the ideal candidate. Remember, tailoring your skills and achievements to match the employer’s needs, while maintaining alignment with your skills, strengths, and experiences, can make a significant impact on your job application’s success.

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