Answered by Kellie, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Friday, March 21, 2014
You asked a lot of good questions! I’ll try to answer all of them the best that I can.
First, the main item that will stand out on a resume is your experience or involvement in activities. These are places on your resume where you can elaborate on the skills you’ve gained through past experiences. In one bullet point you should be able to describe one task you completed and why it was important. You should be able to list about 3-4 bullets per work experience. Look up resume examples online and you too may be able to identify a ‘good’ work history description versus one that may need improvement.
Second, to really set your work experiences apart from the rest, I suggest starting your bullet points with action verbs (e.g. Coordinated, Maintained, etc.) This will allow you to clearly articulate the responsibility/skill that was required for each position. (Remember to accurately describe your past experiences and not exaggerate!)
Finally, I would suggest a chronological listing of work experiences so it is easier to understand your work history.
I hope this helps!