On Resume, Structure Your Accomplishments as Stories — but Tell Them in Reverse Order


You’ve probably heard of a story structure commonly suggested for job-interview responses: Situation –> Action –> Result, sometimes expressed as Challenge –> Action –> Result or Problem –> Action –> Result. Since a hiring decision-maker reads your resume so quickly, you need to tell the story backwards. Grab the reader’s attention by giving away the ending first. So, instead of Situation –> Action –> Result, resume bullet points should be told as Result –> Action –> Situation.