By Tina Harney
I was actually really missing out on what makes up the “meat” of my resume. After I landed a graduate assistantship in the Center for Career Development at the University of Connecticut for graduate school, I realized how much easier I could make it on employers to find what they are looking for and to connect my experiences to their requirements. During thoese two years, I was introduced to the What, How, and Why Model of approaching bullet points. In order to clearly explain your experiences, achievements, or what you have learned, I think it is important to prove you have the skills you claim. I recommend including these three elements into each bullet point as much as possible:
Bullet Point Exercise:
| What did you do?
|| How did you do it?
|| Why did you do it?
|Situation/Task/Responsibility|| Transferable Skills/Action Taken
Processed gym memberships
| Administrative & Interpersonal skills
||Increase sales for the gym
| Designed marketing materials
|| Used Adobe Creative Suite - InDesign and Illustrator
|| Attract new customers & advertise workshops/events
Build Your Bullet Point:
Of course it is always important to be specific and quantify where possible, focus on the results and impact of your work on your workplace, and still be as concise as possible. I usually have my clients draw 2 lines line down the middle of a piece of paper making 3 columns. Write the position title at the top, then begin listing the situations, tasks, and responsibilities in the first column. Once this is complete, consider the transferable skills or programs utilized to complete each task. Then, go back and answer the “Why” for each task. After all of these are completed, it is easier to see overlap, the ability to combine tasks, or at least begin to talk through and formulate your concise bullet point statements.
Do not forget to begin each bullet point with a strong action verb and vary these so you do not repeat any of them on your resume. There are plenty of great lists on the internet, so utilize your resources to find them.
Now that you have some fantastic content to work with, you can organize, structure, and format your resume so it is easy to read and follow. Remember to tailor it to each position description…but that topic is best saved for another article! Best of luck!