Awesome Resume Bullets

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Right after we know what’s important to the employer, we have to prove that we can provide value for them, by creating some awesome bullets for our Experience section.

*** This is a long lesson today. Please bear with me. It'll be worth your while - I hope



THERE ARE 3 COMPONENTS TO AN EXCELLENT RESUME BULLET:


1. It focuses on an achievement, rather than a duty.

2. It quantifies that achievement with numbers.

3. It starts with an action verb (or even better, a success verb).


FOCUS ON ACHIEVEMENTS, NOT DUTIES


What happens if you just list your job duties in your Experience bullets, or even worse, copy/paste your job

description word-for-word (UGH!)? Well, NOTHING.


And that’s the problem. In this day and age, the old way of writing a resume just doesn’t work and you won’t standout.


A hiring team does not want to see a regurgitation of your normal job duties on your resume - how does that make you special? It doesn’t. Like I said before, a company doesn’t want to hire an employee who ONLY does what’s required, nothing more. 


You need to show that you’re proactive and that you’ve gone above and beyond to provide value, and that means focusing on your achievements instead of your duties.

Achievements mean that you’ve provided some extra value for the company, beyond your normal duties and responsibilities.


Here are a few questions to help:



  • When did you go above and beyond your job description to do much more than earn your pay that day? 
  • What did you do and what was the result?
  • What have you done that you’re most proud of?
  • What have you created/reorganized/designed that’s been helpful or had great results?
  • What praise have you received from your bosses or colleagues?
  • What are your key strengths and how do you use them at work?
  • How have you helped make money for the company? Save money?
  • What problems have you solved?
  • Have you ever done something to increase efficiency?
  • Maybe by organizing a file system, streamlining processes, combining departments, etc.?


Still stuck? Here’s a list of 200+ additional questions:

https://www.livecareer.com/career/advice/jobs/brainstorming-accomplishments


Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still have a few bullets with normal job duties, but these bullets just won’t stand out as much (unless you quantify them with numbers, which I’ll get into).


Once you’ve brainstormed a few achievements, you need to write achievement-based sentences to show them off. 



To create achievement-based sentences, some candidates find it helpful to use the C.A.R. (Challenge - Action - Result)

method.


  • Challenge: What were you trying to accomplish (make a big sale, make a customer happy, increase social media reach)? What was the problem you faced, or issue you tried to solve?
  • Action: What did you do to overcome this issue or accomplish/exceed the goal?
  • Result: The outcome or result of your actions.



EXAMPLES


  • Old bullet: “Responsible for tutoring students utilizing individualized learning plans.” Let’s see if we can give a more specific example so we can show results.
  • Challenge: A below grade level or at-risk student
  • Action: Created an individualized learning plan
  • Result: Increase in grade from C- to B+
  • New bullet: “Tutored a sixth grade student in pre-algebra, utilizing an individualized learning plan to raise his grade from C- to B+ over the course of the school year.”
  • Old bullet: “Responsible for organizing company outings and dinners.” Okay, but so what? What was the result?
  • Challenge: Bored, unmotivated or uninspired employees
  • Action: Created and organized outings
  • Result: Increase in employee morale (which is important because it can lead to an increase in productivity)
  • New bullet: “Organized company outings, dinners and retreats, resulting in a 30% increase in employee satisfaction and morale.” 


If it makes it easier, you can skip the Challenge part and concentrate on creating Action - Result bullets.



IF YOU’RE HAVING AN OH SH*T MOMENT RIGHT NOW...



At this point, if you’re thinking:


“Oh sh*t.
I really hate my job...
I’ve been slacking...
I can’t think of one area where I’ve gone above and beyond...
I’m just not that great at anything...”


Then it’s time to start being a better employee, if ONLY for the SOLE PURPOSE of creating a better resume to get yourself a job you actually enjoy. Because life’s too short, right?

You can also DRASTICALLY improve your resume by keeping track of your work achievements on a regular basis (and this makes writing your resume much easier when the time comes). You want to get in the habit of kicking butt at work by constantly producing measurable results (achievements), and then writing down those results as they happen, While they’re still fresh in your mind.


Write down the action you took, the results (and quantify them), and if applicable, how long it took to

get those results.


Try it out: every day when you get home, write down what you did that day to go above and beyond your normal job duties. After a few days, you’ll get into the mindset of


TRYING to achieve at work so you have something to write down when you get home. It gives you a goal to accomplish at work and gets you motivated; patterns may evolve, you might realize that you’re really good at a few certain things, and it might help trigger your memory about other previous achievements.


Trust me, it helps!


My apologies - this is a long lesson for today. Feel free to come back a couple times to ensure you have the right points mastered.



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