- Use the X-Y-Z formula when writing your resume — Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z].
Ok: Grew revenue for small and medium business clients.
Better: Grew revenue for small and medium business clients by 10% QoQ.
Best: Grew revenue for 15 small and medium business clients by 10% QoQ by mapping new software features as solutions to their business goals.
- 3 things you can quantify on your resume: money, number of people, and goals/percentages/metrics.
- If you're unsure of the exact metrics you brought about as a result of your work, use an estimated figure.
- Avoid weak action verbs like helped, organized, and created. To find stronger action verbs, Harvard has compiled a list of them on its website.
- Take out filler words — you'll give recruiters a much easier time reading through your resume. As a rule of thumb, ask yourself: will this sentence still make sense if I take a certain word out? If yes, then take out the filler word.
Don't: Was responsible for representing UX in town halls, strategy decks, yearly and quarterly planning, and org design
Do: Represented UX in town halls, strategy decks, yearly and quarterly planning, and org design
- Check your resume for any typos or grammatical mistakes. It's a red flag if a recruiter sees any of these in your resume.
- Don't write only 1 bullet point under each experience. Aim for 3 bullet points instead.