Should accomplishment statements on a resume be stated with bullets or in paragraph form?

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Lorena from UT El Paso asked: 

Should accomplishment statements on a resume be written as bullet statements or in paragraph form?

Hi Lorena –

First, I am pleased to see that you are focusing on accomplishments and not on job descriptions in your resume.  Accomplishment statements are always the way to go because they keep the focus on you and what you area capable of doing by showing what you have done (through your accomplishments).

Your question is very direct and focused. Usually this this type of focused question has a lot of different possible answers, but in this case I think there is one answer that will apply in just about all circumstances:

Each accomplishment should be listed individually, either as a separate bullet statement or separate short paragraph.

I will typically advise in favor of bullets, but sometimes short paragraphs are the way to go.  The key word here is not “bullet” or “paragraph” but “separate.”

List each accomplishment separately so that is has the opportunity to stand out.

Hope this helps,


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