The Power of Bullet Points in Your CV

Yes, bullet points!

Robert Drury
Getting Started in Product

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I’ve said it many times before, but recruiters are busy people.

They’re talking to organisations about hiring needs, they’re sourcing candidates, they’re screening candidates, with the aim of getting to the negotiation stage and hiring a new person.

This busyness means that the time they spend reviewing a CV can be minimal.

Research in the recruitment industry states that on average recruiters spend between six and eight seconds looking at your CV before they decide whether you are suitable for their vacancy or not.

The trick therefore is to make life as easy for the recruiter as you can and bullet points are the way to go.

Paragraphs or bullet points

Which of the following gets across the candidates skills more quickly:

Option A At Acme Inc I was a Product Manager, responsible for a financial services software as a service product, used by small businesses. This involved undertaking research with customers, translating requirements into user stories, managing the backlog and the product roadmap, and working with the development team to deliver each sprint. The product had ten thousand customers and a free-to-paid conversion rate of 5%, which I had

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Robert Drury
Getting Started in Product

Helping people kick start their product management career with product coaching, job application prep, & resources at gettingstartedinproduct.substack.com