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Writing better bullet points

Ready to write a “bullet plus”?

bullet points

The bullet plus is: what you did plus

  • HOW you performed your duties or,
  • WHY the task was important or
  • The IMPACT of the task within the organization

Examples:

  • Basic bullet: Enhanced interpersonal skills
  • Bullet plus: Enhanced interpersonal skills by facilitating cross-cultural conversations with Malawian teens and community members. (how)
  • Basic bullet: Created real interest monitoring tool
  • Bullet plus: Created real interest monitoring tool to study the effect of rate changes on foreign exchange levels (why)
  • Basic bullet: Directed actors in productions
  • Bullet plus: Directed 5-10 student actors and managed technical team in both short and full-length productions attracting audiences of 100+ (impact)

Want some help getting started?

  • List 3 skills you want to highlight (e.g., writing, leadership, attention to detail).
  • What are 2-3 experiences that demonstrate each skill (think broadly: classes, volunteer positions, internships, jobs)?
  • What did you do in each of the experiences? How did you use the skill?

Start Each Bullet Point with an Resume Action Word:

 

Achieved                     Adapted                      Addressed                   Administered

Advised                      Analyzed                     Arranged                     Assembled

Assessed                     Assisted                      Attained                      Audited

Budgeted                    Calculated                   Classified                    Coached

Collected                     Communicated            Compiled                    Composed

Computed                   Conducted                  Consolidated               Constructed

Consulted                    Coordinated                Counseled                   Created

Critiqued                     Defined                       Designed                     Detected

Determined                 Devised                       Diagnosed                   Directed

Discovered                  Displayed                    Earned                         Edited

Eliminated                   Enforced                     Established                  Estimated

Evaluated                    Examined                    Expanded                    Explained

Experimented              Financed                     Formulated                  Gathered

Generated                   Grossed                       Guided                                    Handled

Hypothesized              Identified                    Illustrated                    Implemented

Improved                    Increased                     Influenced                   Initiated

Inspected                    Installed                      Instituted                    Instructed

Interpreted                  Interviewed                 Invented                      Investigated

Lectured                      Managed                     Marketed                     Mediated

Modeled                      Monitored                   Motivated                   Negotiated

Obtained                     Operated                       Ordered                       Organized

Oversaw                      Performed                   Persuaded                   Photographed

Planned                       Prepared                      Presented                    Printed

Processed                    Produced                     Projected                     Promoted

Proofread                    Provided                     Publicized                   Purchased

Received                     Recommended                        Reconciled                  Recorded

Recruited                    Reduced                      Referred                      Refined

Rehabilitated               Repaired                      Reported                     Represented

Researched                  Resolved                     Responded                  Restored

Retrieved                    Reviewed                    Scheduled                   Selected

Solved                         Sorted                         Studied                       Summarized

Supervised                  Supplied                      Surveyed                     Tested

Trained                        Transcribed                 Translated                   Traveled

Tutored                       Upgraded                    Utilized                       Wrote