How Many Bullet Points You Should Have, Per Job, On The Resume

Wondering how many bullet points you should have, per job, under your experience section of the resume? This is a great question. The answer is a mixture of what your resume looks like and how many jobs you’re going to be listing.

Let’s get started at learning how many highlighted bullet points you should put on the resume.

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First, Start With How Many Jobs You’ve Had

In order to determine the length of your resume bullet points, you should first count up how many prior experiences you’ll be listing on your resume.

Try to keep your prior experiences relevant to the job you’re applying for. For example, you might not want to list your job at Starbucks if you’re applying for a Software Engineering role.

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While that job might have been part of your professional history, it’s okay to leave it off as it’s not exactly applicable to what your Human Resources manager wants to see.

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Once you know how many jobs you’ll be listing, it gives you a general sense of how much space you have to work with.

Let’s say you’re only going to be listing 3 prior professional working experiences. If this is the case, you might have a healthy amount of space to work with in order to fill up a one-page resume.

In that case, the number of bullet points that you might want to list per job changes. If you have 5-10 prior professional experiences that you’ll be listing, you might want to keep your bullet points more simplified, in order to keep the resume a single page.

Second, How Many Bullet Points Per Job Depends On What You Did

The second part to answering this question is knowing what you were able to accomplish within that environment. Each bullet point should be an impactful statistic that’s supported with data.

Something like the following, “Increased overall sales 25% by reducing Customer Service request tickets by 15%, increasing efficiency by 8% overall.”

While that’s a pretty wild statement, you can see how it is a data point of your contributions to the company.

You’ll need bullet points like that. If you don’t have them, try not to list other bullet points which simply state what duties you performed at the business.

Listing which duties you performed as part of your bullet points isn’t going to be nearly as impactful as listing merits that you were able to earn while performing those duties. Do you see how that works?

The Answer To How Many Bullet Points Per Prior Experience

In the ideal world, you keep your resume to a single page. You keep your professional summary clear, you list merits (such as Magna Cum Laude), and you keep your prior experiences targeted.

If you do this, you might have anywhere from three to give prior job experiences. Which is ideal. In that case, you’ll want to list around five total bullet points per job, in order to keep your resume clear.

It’s important to know that 80% of Human Resources managers and interviewers only look at your resume for an average of 7.4 seconds. This means that they are scanning your resume versus reading it. These bullet points help them to scan and comprehend your prior merits. If you can keep your bullet points to a single sentence, but make that sentence impactful; you’ll make their lives easier.

Here's an example of what your bullet points should look like in total:

Be sure that you don’t use a large font. Keep your font size to 9pt to 11pt font, in order to ensure that you’re utilizing the most of your resume space and making it easy to read.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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