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Resume Formatting: Bullets or Paragraphs?

Resume Formatting: Bullets or Paragraphs?

employmentI’m often asked if it’s better to use bullets or paragraph format in the resume’s Experience section. My advice is to use both. Why? If you use bullets only, none of your accomplishments can stand out, which dilutes the impact of your strongest achievements. If you use paragraphs only, all of your achievements blend together and you lose the opportunity to emphasize your stand-out accomplishments.To use a combination of paragraphs and bullets, first provide a very brief overview of your job duties in narrative format. Then showcase your accomplishments with a bulleted list of your top contributions. Bulleting your accomplishments will draw the eye and reinforce that you went above and beyond your job duties. To see how to format your work history using both paragraphs and bullets, click this resume sample and scroll to the Professional Experience section.