Taming the Information Overload: How to Choose What to Include in Your Resume

Kyla Duffy
5 min readJun 18, 2023
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Having too much information to draw from for your resume can be just as daunting as not having enough.

A good resume Experience section should have a brief overview of your role and the company (if it’s not a well-known brand), followed by no more than 5–7 “achievement” bullets.

These bullets should demonstrate how you’ve created value for the organization around the needed skills for the work you’re seeking through specific examples.

Let’s break that down.

Generate Specific Examples

Have you heard of the STAR format for interviewing?

“STAR” stands for “Situation, Task, Action, Result.”

The STAR concept helps you bring your example from beginning to end.

In my near-decade of experience as a career coach, I’ve found that regardless of how much I emphasize the importance of demonstrating outcomes, people’s examples often end with the “A.”

Think of that as a hamster running in a wheel.

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Who cares?

Now, if that hamster was generating electricity to power a little hamster water pump so you’d never forget to fill their water again…well, that’s something!

Hired!

You want to show prospective employers that you’re an electricity-generating hamster, not just a drone in a wheel.

End with the “R,” not the “A.”

Since you only have about 2 lines per bullet to tell a whole story, every word counts.

Often, by highlighting the “A” and the “R,” the “S” and “T” can be implied, which is sufficient for the resume.

After all, there’s no harm in leaving a little something to talk about in the interview! The idea of the resume is to GET THEM INTERESTED.

Determine the Key Skills in the Job Description

How do you know what the Key Skills are? There are so many words in job descriptions!

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Kyla Duffy

Energized by “A-ha!” moments, I’m a career coach and resume writer who helps people move toward happiness & fulfillment. Get help at https://kyladuffy.com.