Hey you! In our last session I shared some insight on how potential hiring team members may view your resume. Today I’d like to take it a step further and share insight on how to formulate engaging bullet points that will help you shine. Providing the reader with a clear picture of what you have done and are capable of doing will help get you to the interview phase.
I could write an entire blog post on the importance of selecting our words carefully when we communicate. Your resume is a great opportunity to be mindful of the words you choose as descriptors and to learn to elevate the way you express yourself – orally and via written communication.
Start each bullet point of your job history with an action verb that is going to describe how you performed the task. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Hiring individuals have seen “responsible for” and “ability to” so many times, you aren’t going to wow them with those. Those words also don’t dive deep into the level of responsibility you had. For example, you were responsible for merchandising and setting up a store display for that sweet new product that just came in. Did you lead the charge? Was it part of a bigger goal to launch a new money maker? YOU led that. YOU launched that! Feels more empowering than jotting down a responsibility, doesn’t it? Bring the same energy into your second draft AND the interview when you land it.
Below are some action verb graphics to inspire you. At this stage we appreciate our resume as a working document, the ‘one and done’ mindset for this so dated, right?
Note: The above inspiration is mostly shown in past tense. Make sure if you are writing bullet points for your current role, you utilize present tense.
Past: Mentored new hires on operating procedures.
Present: Facilitate training and provide continuous mentorship for new team members regarding operating procedures.
Taking the time to say what you mean, and mean what you say will go a long way in many aspects of life. Whether the message you are sending is about your work history, or your perspective in a conversation – words are important! Now that you have put in the work, take a step away from your resume. Ask a trusted friend or peer to take a look and re-read after a good night’s rest. If you want some additional support, I’ve got you! Email me Tsmith@growthstrategistcollective.com