The Secret Formula to Writing a Perfect Resume Bullet Point

Let's Circle Back Blog: Your Resume Should Emphasize Your Outcomes Not Your Responsibilities -- It sucks to say this, but they days of copying your job description and pasting them into bullets on your resume are over.


Let's circle back to the main takeaways:

  • Bullets emphasize your outcomes, not your responsibilities

  • Bullet = (Strong verb + ATS keyword or phrase + Quantifiable result)

  • There should be 5 to 8 bullets for your most recent position

  • There should never be less than 3 bullets for previous positions

  • Bullets should not be complete sentences

Resume Bullets 101

So, after reading my other blog posts, you feel all caught up on today's hiring industry and you're ready to start the process. You chose the proper formatting (see here for proper formatting technique). You nailed writing your contact information, and just demolished writing you previous company's contact information. You're probably thinking to yourself, "this isn't too bad." Then the first bullet point pops up on your screen. And you just sit there. Where do you even begin? How do you sum up your past responsibilities into 8 bullets or less?


Well, for starters summing up your responsibilities doesn't play anymore. Gone are the days where you highlight your responsibilities and send your resume away. Employers only care about outcomes these days. They want to see the difference you've made. The value you possess, and if it can translate to their new opening.


Let's breakdown what this means. Below are the main guidelines that matter when writing a resume bullet:

  • Each bullet should be a phrase, not a complete sentence

  • There should be 5 to 8 bullets for your most recent position

  • There should never be less than 3 bullets for previous positions

  • Bullets for your current role should be in present tense

  • Bullets for you previous roles should be in past tense

  • Begin each bullet with a strong verb

  • Following the strong verb should be an ATS keyword or phrase used to describe the responsibility

  • Following the ATS keyword of phrase should a quantifiable result (e.g. %, $, or number)

  • Do not over embellish your quantifiable results

  • This looks like the following equation: Bullet = (Strong verb + ATS keyword or phrase + Quantifiable result)


The Secret Formula


Breaking anything down to a formula, makes the process run a whole lot smoother. That is what I hope this formula does for my clients. Not only does a plug and play formula help to write a resume quickly and efficiently, it helps write MULTIPLE resumes quickly and efficiently. As I've mentioned before, every resume MUST be tailored to the specific job posting for ATS purposes and to emphasizes translatable skills. It is tedious and time consuming, but so is applying to 50 jobs with a single resume. Plus you'll spend less time creating five solid resumes as you would applying to 50 different jobs. You shouldn't leave the future of your career up to one broad resume and a little luck. Take control of your resume to take control of your career.


Looking for expertise? The Philly Resume Writer (TPRW) is happy to help you with the process! TPRW provides every client with a unique resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile that are created to pass ATS and capture the attention of a hiring manager. Our creations use the resume industry's writing and formatting standards that are ATS friendly and draws attention to value and results. Our motto is simple, yet profound.


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