Writing eye-catching resume bullet points to place in your management resume aren’t a want, but an ABSOLUTE need.
I think this is where many managers go wrong when writing their resumes.
Professionals who hire for a living, such as HR managers and recruiters, are looking for managers who make things happen.
In fact, you probably do too. If your management role requires you to source, recruit, and hire your staff, then you’re absolutely looking for the “movers and shakers” in your industry too, right? Because that’s what you do I bet.
So, how do you go about adding eye-catching bullet points to your resume?
How to Write Eye-Catching Resume Bullet Points For Your Management Resume
Accomplishments demonstrate your skills and experience. It’s one thing to claim you can do something — it’s another to prove you can.
First, start by understanding that generally resume bullet points are most often (not always) reserved for achievements.
When collecting accomplishments for a job search, consider the key areas of competency required for success in the position you are seeking.
What are the key components of your management job?
To come up with accomplishments to boost your resume, take a look at your past performance reviews and think about any awards and recognition you’ve received.
The most important formula to add pizzaz to your resume bullet points is to put context into what you’ve accomplished.
An example of a STAR statement/resume bullet point would be:
Recruited to revitalize and manage an underperforming sales territory characterized by significant account attrition. (Situation) Tasked with reacquiring accounts that had left the company within the last six months. (Task) Developed contact list for lapsed accounts and initiated contact with decision-makers at each company. (Action) Reacquired 22% of former customers, resulting in $872,000 in revenue. (Result)
Quantifying your accomplishments also helps you stand out from others who do the work you do — whether you’re using the information for a raise or promotion request, or when seeking a new job opportunity.
Second, realize that every bullet point in your resume needs to start with an action verb.
Actions verbs are easy to identify. They are simply verbs that reflect action. So, a few example action verbs would include:
These same power words can also be found within the body of your bullet points as well. For example, “Generated double-digit increases in new product revenues by capturing competitor replacement business and initiating strategic partnerships with 3 technology industry leaders.”
Adding a few accomplishment-specific action verbs go a long way too.
For example, consider starting out your bullet points with one of these actions verbs:
Third, don’t settle for “just okay” resume bullet points for your resume.
Take the below into consideration on how to expand your bullet achievements into something that will be very eye-catching for those reviewing your resume:
- [Okay] Introduced BI/analytics platform to the global sales team that provided predictive sales analytics, data visualization, and qualitative CRM research.
- [Better] Introduced BI/analytics platform to the global sales team that provided predictive sales analytics, data visualization, and qualitative CRM research for $293MM worth of business development expenditures.
- [Best] Introduced BI/analytics platform to the global sales team that provided predictive analytics, data visualization, and qualitative CRM research for $293MM worth of business development expenditures. Increased revenue by 23.1% in the first 90 days and expected to generate an incremental EBITDA of up to $39.7MM in the next year.
Okay, let’s say you’re not a great manager.
I often hear from the management and executive clients that I work with: “My company is a bit small and doesn’t enable me to produce big results. How can I add great resume bullet points to my resume that will impress recruiters when I don’t have many achievements to brag about?
This generally a huge concern for some. And, rightfully so.
I have a great way of handling this…
- Ask yourself: What has my company accomplished with my help?
Just because you didn’t initiate X, doesn’t mean you didn’t contribute to its success.
So, let’s say your company recently expanded its sales to the East coast but hasn’t really done much since the launch. Maybe you didn’t make the decision for the expansion, but you’ve helped with its implementation.
For this, an achievement might look like this:
Supported corporate market share growth — focused on the East coast, which includes Pennsylvania, Massachussets, and Maryland. Worked with the sales team to put $12.8M into the sales pipeline and identify 250+ potential clients. Expected to add nearly $2M in revenue in 2016.
See what I mean? It’s not necessarily what you’ve initiated, but what you’ve helped your team, department, or company accomplish.
Use the above STAR formula to help you flesh out eye-catching resume bullet points
Using the STAR writing formula can go a long way to helping your conceptualize and write resume bullet points for your resume that will attract attention and make your resume much more eye-catching.
Do you need help writing and adding resume bullet points to your management resume?
If so, let’s chat briefly to determine if we’re a good fit to work together.