…or at least, bullets that don’t totally confuse your admissions reader!
First point on the resume that we hope you’ll take to heart: It should be visually accessible. It does not need fancy formatting, and it actually should be constructed in a standardized format. The Wharton one we referenced here is a good sample if you’re stuck. A clean layout, with a plain-boring font like Times Roman 12, is actually the way to go. Don’t get creative with the resume. It’s not the time to experiment with different fonts or light-gray text. Standard format is better because it requires no mental effort for the reader to get oriented to it. If you place your information in the position on the page where most other people place it, you’re doing your reader a service because they know where to look for it — and it’s there. Removing obstacles to your reader’s ability to absorb the information you’re presenting is key, and that can come through a standard format, and it especially needs to come through the bullets themselves.
So often, we pull up a Brave Supplicant’s resume and jump to the first bullet and go: “Wha’??”
Or maybe it’s better written as “Waaaaa!!” like a crying baby.
Because the bullet just doesn’t make any sense.
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