Resume writing

Summary to Specific: Free Bullet Point Writing Formula

Meg Applegate, CPRW.jpg

Stuck trying to craft stellar bullet points to describe your accomplishments on your resume? Move away from summaries to specifics. For example:

- Increased profitability and reduced costs within the first year and a half in position.


- Added $1M net margin by reducing the cost of materials by 14.4% in the first 18 months of the position.

Need a bullet point breakdown? I’ve got you covered. Grab your free free bullet point writing formula here.

Little things matter BIG!

Meg Applegate, CPRW_Hinge Resume.jpg

My library book haul this weekend is all about the little things. Daily decisions, little moments and even small, mundane choices. I'm learning the small stuff matters. They make an impact in life and in resume writing.

Magical little life things:

+ Playing board games with my son on sick days.

+ Exchanging secrets with my daughter at bedtime.

+ A lit candle and music playing during dinner prep.

Small resume touches:

+ Periods at the end of bullet points to tie a bow on a high-impact statement.

+ A clean, custom LinkedIn URL (instead of the gobbly-gook link provided).

+ Bolding a professional accomplishment to make it pop.

+ Sharp, distinct action verbs.

What small things are making a difference in your life or your job search right now?

Be YOU in your resume - Choose your words Wisely!

Meg Applegate, Certified Professional Resume Writer.jpg

Mind the language you use to describe yourself in your resume. It matters. Language is powerful. Wisely use a mix of words that describe only YOU. No one should be able to lift content from your resume as their own because it should describe only YOUR story, not solely the responsibilities of your job title.

A branding statement is key in articulating who you are on your resume. I use a three-step process when writing branding statements for my clients focusing on:

1. The distinguishing factors of WHO you are.

2. The WHAT of unique professional achievements


3. the WHERE of career direction.

What method(s) do you use to make your resume stand out and really describe YOU?

Need resume branding help? Grab a DIY mini-workbook here.

3 Attention-Grabbing Features that ensure Recruiters Read your Resume

Recruiters are lingering 1.4 seconds longer on your resume according to The Ladders, Inc. 2018 Eye-Tracking Study. From 6 seconds in 2012 to now 7.4 seconds in 2018, recruiters are spending more time with your resume.

resume writing tips, Indianapolis resume writing service_Hinge Resume Collaborative.jpg

Are you applying with confidence or committing resume faux-pas?

The worst resumes, according to the study, leave little white space, include keywords out of context (i.e. keyword stuffing) and have a chaotic format.

What ensures a lengthier look from a recruiter? Note three commonalities among high performing resumes:

  1. A simple layout: Clear headings and text within a format that reads in an “E” or “F” pattern.

  2. Bold job titles with professional accomplishments bulleted underneath.

  3. A branded statement within the top-third of the resume.

Unsure your resume is up to par?

Join our free, 30-minute online resume workshop on Thursday, January 10 at 8:30 PM EST with our Certified Professional Resume Writer, Meg Applegate. We will discuss how to infuse keywords within your document and articulate your professional value and accomplishments in a modern resume format.

Land your dream job in 2019! Only a few more days left to register. Grab your seat here.

Find hope, new Grad! Hint: It's in your Coursework.

Meg Applegate, Certified Resume Writer, Hinge Resume Collaborative.jpg

Heads up, December graduates. There is hope for your resume.

Hope, if you didn't take time to do an internship. Hope if you didn't work while you were in school or job shadow.

Look at your coursework. Did you complete a project with real-life deliverables? Lead a team? Do research with practical application?

Create a "Project Experience" section on your resume. List the course title, when you took it and showcase the real-world deliverables you launched or contributed to because of your project. Here’s an example:

Resume, Resume Writing_Blog post.png

Lastly, remember to choose project accomplishments that align with your job target. Not sure of your career direction, new grad? Download six, free tips to hone your professional focus here.

Meaning in Momentum: Catalog + celebrate your Achievements

It’s year-end. Well, almost. Celebrate with me!

Hinge Resume Collaborative, Indianapolis Resume Writing Service.jpg

My husband and I started a tradition when we were first married to sit down together each December and take stock of our year. It was my husband’s idea.

We take time to intentionally remember the ups and downs of our past 12 months. We catalog our highlights (and low lights) in a journal with happenings ranging from new jobs and babies to failed home projects and silly family moments.

I decided this year I will replicate this process similarly for myself professionally. Today, I will take an hour to write down my accomplishments and unexpected wins. I want to own and remember what I’ve done this year as I set goals for next year.

Celebrate with me by writing down what you’ve accomplished this year. Catalog and celebrate!

Reflect on what you’ve accomplished in order to articulate your value, most importantly to yourself and then perhaps to your boss, your team and/or even a prospective employer.

Are you job searching or freshening up your resume? Turn your momentum into meaning on your resume with accomplishment-driven bullet points. Grab our free writing formula here.

Three Resume Tips That Make ALL The Difference!

I really enjoyed spending an hour in my corner office at Hinge HQ (yep, a sweet little nook in my home 😉) chatting with Clemson University graduate students about modern resume writing principles for their upcoming job search.

Certified Professional Resume Writer_Meg Applegate_Resume Webinar.jpg

⭐︎A few takeaways⭐︎

📌 Your resume is a marketing document, not an obituary. No need to include all your work history and details about your life. Include what is relevant to your job target.

📌 Ditch the old school objective statement at the top of your resume and instead, replace with a branded statement.

📌 Articulate your accomplishments to indicate your future value.

Need help in any of these areas? Check out our resume branding mini-workbook for more guidance.

ONE Trick To TRIPLE Your Interview Chances!

Meg Applegate, Certified Resume Writer, Hinge Resume Collaborative.jpg

I’m not lucky. I’ve never won a raffle or a contest and believe me, I’ve entered my fair share.

A friend even told me a “fool-proof” trick: bend the corner of your paper ticket when entering a drawing to ensure your number will be called. Nope. No such guarantee for this girl.

Job seekers, you may be relying on your superstitious tricks or a lucky rabbit’s foot without any luck too. For you, I have good news.

According to Jobscan [dot] co, an applicant can triple their chances of landing an interview when they tailor their resume towards a job posting.

TRIPLE! That sounds like much better odds.

So, set a timer for 20 minutes and start tweaking! Note the qualifications and themes represented in the role to influence your resume while also mirroring the posting’s language.

This is just one way a job seeker can increase their odds to land an interview. What have you found effective?

If you need additional guidance on how to tweak your resume, download our resume branding mini-workbook.

NEW! Resume Branding Mini-Workbook

You have room for one more treat post-Halloween.🍬

Hinge Resume’s new resume branding mini-workbook is available for download! It’s full of DIY exercises, how-tos, and examples to brand your resume to open doors to your next opportunity.

After working through our branded statement writing formula, you will be able to:

➝ Communicate the best blend of your skillset towards your job target to win interviews.

➝ Infuse professional accomplishments into your resume.

➝ Locate keywords in a job posting to tweak your resume for your application.

➝ Craft a statement that showcases your value and sets you apart from the crowd.

Share this post to spread the word or get it here.

Wake Up Your Resume: Share Your Accomplishments

resume writing, job search, communication.jpg

Are you bored reading your resume? Guess what? Other people are too!

Brighten it up with new language. Ditch phrases like “responsible for” and “duties include.” Instead choose sharp, descriptive action verbs to detail your professional accomplishments.

That’s right, your accomplishments. No need to regurgitate your job description. Your reader is interested in YOU - the actual PERSON behind the job. Detail how you address challenges in front of you. Share your results! In fact, lead with them in your bullet points.

Your past accomplishments indicate your future value to a prospective employer. Greet your reader with enthusiasm and your unique value.

Need help with snooze-worthy bullet points? Wake up your resume with our free bullet point writing formula.