Resume Bullet Point Examples That Get Interviews

Elizabeth Witbeck

Resume Bullet Point Examples That Get Interviews

Writing a resume may be one of the most challenging parts of the job application process. The first step of submitting a job application is submitting a resume that highlights who you are and why you will make a great candidate for this role.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of bad information out there about how to write a good resume.

Many people end up writing resumes that are bland and boring, not making them stand out from the pack. As a result, there are a lot of wonderfully skilled people who do not get interviews.

There is a misconception about what the purpose of a resume is.

  • Some people think that a resume exists to be a chronological listing of every job you have ever had.
  • Others believe that the purpose of a resume is to showcase your responsibilities at the jobs you have had.
  • Others believe a resume is a good place to list your talents and traits.

None of these are the purpose of a resume, which is why many people fail to write meaningful resumes.

The purpose of a resume is to show a hiring manager the ways in which you went above and beyond the call of duty in your job position.

Anybody can be offered a job and do the basic responsibilities required to fulfill the position. What employers really want is somebody extraordinary, who fulfilled the job beyond what was expected of them.

The best way to make yourself stand out on a resume is to showcase the ways you were well motivated and the accomplishments you made on the job.

Example: Showcasing Vague Responsibilities

Administrative Assistant

ABC Company

  • Worked as an administrative assistant at a local retail store
  • Responsible for answering phones
  • Checked email on a daily basis
  • Made appointments for staff at company
  • Arranged staff meetings and took notes for executives
  • Worked with computer programs such as Microsoft Office

This is a common listing that job candidates put into their resumes. Unfortunately, it is a bad example. Many job candidates simply state what they did on a daily basis at their jobs. This is not going to impress a hiring manager. Any person can answer a phone, or make appointments. Hiring is a complex process, and your resume is perhaps one of hundreds that a hiring manager has in front of them. They are looking for somebody who has a track record of getting things done, of accomplishing things at their previous jobs.

Now, it may be the case that you feel you have not accomplished much in your current job. In this case, I would encourage you to seek beyond your current job duties. Look for additional projects you can take on. Ask your manager for things you can do to help your company grow.

Example: Showcasing Quantitative Accomplishments

Financial Analyst

XYZ Financials

  • Contributed to 10% growth at company, by devising strategic financial management and long range financial planning
  • Integrated new tracking and reporting systems for company, resulting in improved 25% accuracy of financial data
  • Ensured due diligence of a $20 million acquisition

The word “quantitative” refers to something that can be measured through data. Quantitative accomplishments show ways in which a job candidate has gone above and beyond their job.

This is shown through tangible ways, such as bringing more revenue into the company, growing the company’s marketing and social media strategies, decreasing expenses, helping to develop new products and services, and more.

Be sure to check this list above and see how different it is compared to the first example.

An employer would be highly impressed by this resume, because it shows that this candidate would be a huge asset to the company. Think of what you have done to go beyond just the basic job description.

Be sure to integrate these accomplishments of yours into your resume.

Example: Showcasing Qualitative Accomplishments

Hotel Manager

JK Hotel

  • Promoted from front desk manager to hotel manager of local highly-rated resort destination
  • Frequently received feedback from customers at hotel about the high level of service provided
  • Received “Most Valuable Employee” award from company owner

“Qualitative” refers to something that cannot be measured through tangible data, but through other ways, such as personal feedback, anecdotes, and assessments within the organization. Some job candidates tend to dismiss qualitative accomplishments, believing that they are so insignificant that they do not matter enough to put on a resume.

This is not true.

Any accomplishment you have had on the job is definitely worth putting on your resume. If you have had coworkers or managers give you positive feedback, or received awards at work, or anything similar, it is worth mentioning.

Ideally, your resume should have some combination of both qualitative and quantitative accomplishments. These should be listed under every job that you list on your resume.

If you are having trouble coming up with accomplishments, ask a career adviser, a friend, or a former coworker for help with editing your resume.

I hope this helps with writing your resume.  If you have any comments or suggestions – leave them in the comments below. Best of luck in your job search.

About The Author

Elizabeth Witbeck

Elizabeth Witbeck works as a college consultant and educational entrepreneur. She launched the first business in the United States that sends care packages to first generation college students, and also helps prospective college students on their applications. Her interests include education, poverty, and working with youth.

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