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The secret to writing Resume Bullet Points that get you hired is not to write them… until you’ve analyzed the job description you’re applying for. Below is a quick video along with simple instructions on how to write killer bullet points.

Check out the video below


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1. Your bullet points don’t have Power Words

Most resumes start with the same, overused words which fail to separate you from the competition & don’t add any value to your Resume. Power Words are high value impact verbs that communicate your value immediately before an HR Manager even reads the rest of your bullet point. 

2. Your bullet points don’t have Key Words

Today’s Resumes are scanned by Applicate Tracking Software looking for specific words before a HR Manager even sees your application. This software eliminates roughly 70% of applications before a human at the hiring company even sees them. In order to beat Applicate Tracking Software be sure to reuse the terminology from the job description throughout your Resume Bullet Points.

Below I’ve highlighted words from a job description I’d reuse if I were rewriting a client’s Resume bullet points.

Project Manager responsibilities

  • Meet with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project
  • Delegate project tasks based on junior staff members’ individual strengths, skill sets and experience levels
  • Track project performance, specifically to analyze the successful completion of short- and long-term goals
  • Meet budgetary objectives and make adjustments to project constraints based on financial analysis

Project Manager skills

  • 5 years’ experience in project management
  • Familiarity with SmartSheet software’s collaboration and time management tools
  • Experience with process improvement and inventory control
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Excellent client-facing communication skills

3. Your bullet points don’t have Verifiable Results

Most of my clients will have ambiguous Resume Bullet Points that communicate what they ‘did,’ rather than what they ‘accomplished.’ Such bullet points leave a recruiter thirsty for more and fail to communicate your value. 

Verifiable Results are empirical, achievement-oriented phrases that contain ‘numbers,’ and an ‘impact.’ They communicate your value by giving an HR Manager an idea of the specific ROI (return on investment) they can expect if they hire you.

Phrases like those below (it’s ok to estimate for these numbers!)

  • Reduced manual processing time by 15%
  • Increased revenue from $55k to $120k in 2 years
  • Added 30 new clients to portfolio
  • saving $10k in CPA expenses

Wrap it all together

In short, Resume Bullet Points should start with a Power Word, end in a Verifiable Result and are tied together by a Key Word from the job description. I’ve rewritten two bullet points below for you using Power Words, Keys Words and Verifiable Results.

Old Bullet Points 

  • Used data to save business on accounting expenses 
  • Worked across lines of business to complete banking software updates

New Bullet Points

  • Leveraged SmartSheet software to meet budgetary requirements saving $10k in CPA expenses 
  • Delegated project tasks across lines of business to repair 400+ banking software defects 

Grab my free Resume Review Checklist here to make sure your Resume isn’t sabotaging your job search. 

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