An effective resume comes down to good formatting, layout design and effective use of bullet points.  

Bullet points are simply used in typography to introduce items in a list. On your resume, bullet points give content maximum impact and build a solid, easy to read resume structure. It helps break up blocks of text and add emphasis to the divided information. 

Implementing bullet points into your resume will not only improve readability, comprehension, and user satisfaction, but it will increase the amount of white space on the page and improve you layout design.  

Recruiters and hiring managers will want to be able to pick out information and read more easily. Bullet points are particularly useful for explaining skills, experience, achievements, and responsibilities in your work experience section.  

Here are examples of sections to consider using a bulleted list:  

  1. Resume Header: emphasize contact information so employers know how to get in touch with you at quick glance  

  1. Resume Profile: a brief guide that is intended to show your qualifications tailored to the job you are applying for 

  1. Work Experience: list work history in reverse chronological order using accomplishment statements and PAR formula (problem, action, result).  

  • Note: use 3-6 bullets per job in this section and make them 1-2 lines each  

  1. Education Section: below standard education information, be sure to highlight key skills and knowledge such as relevant coursework, extracurricular activities, GPA, Dean’s list 

  1. Skills Section: note a mix of your hard and soft transferable skills and abilities that align with the job you are applying for  

  1. Additional Sections: if applicable, add experiences such as volunteering, foreign languages, personal interests, and projects  

Additional tips on how to write bullet points, in bullet form of course:  

  • Start each bullet point with a resume action word for extra impact 

  • Use active voice and simple language 

  • Use sentence fragments rather than whole sentences 

  • Don’t use punctuation at the end of each bullet (it adds clutter) 

  • Don’t save the best for last. Start you pullet list with the most impressive and/or relevant skill, experience, or accomplishment.  

  • Be consistent with your formatting – circles, squares and diamonds all make effective bullet symbols but stick to the same resume style throughout