When Bullet Points Attack: A story about a girl who really loves hearts

by Rich DeMatteo on May 12, 2011 · 29 comments

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A Corn on the Job reader sent over a little gem of an email today.  She had found something that she thought I could possibly use on COTJ.  She was right.  Jackpot!

Please remember, I’m not making fun of this job seeker.  I don’t know who they are, and if I did, I’d offer them my advice/guidance/coaching.  But I don’t, so I’m merely poking fun at them and hoping it teaches the rest of us a big lesson.  Never mind, I MIGHT be making fun of them a little, but it’s totally warranted.  Promise.

Bullet points are supposed to be simple, right?  Their purpose is to point out important information on a resume and lead the reader’s eyes to where they should focus.  This is pretty much standard information that we’ve learned since before even comprehending what a resume is.  You know, like 3rd grade stuff.  Well apparently, not everyone is aware.

You are now about to see part of a resume that clearly shows the job seeker utilizes hearts for bullet points.  Sigh.

 

There’s not much to say.  She used hearts for her bullet points and because of that, I can’t look at anything else.   Maybe this would be a bad ass idea if she was applying to work for a dating site, but there aren’t many other examples where I’d say it’s a good idea.

I’m kind of at a loss for words, so how about you take over from here.

What do you think?  Do you think recruiters will laugh at this?  Did you laugh at this?

 

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29 comments
Tiffany Kuehl
Tiffany Kuehl

I love my job. I love my job. I love my job.

Lindsey
Lindsey

This was such an Elle Woods in Legally Blonde moment. Is it scented?

John Monaghan
John Monaghan

This was too good to pass up. I reposted the first few paragraphs on my blog and directed my readers to your page to find out what she did with the bullet points. Thanks for sharing, this just made a day of job searching that much better.

Jessica Stone
Jessica Stone

This made me think of Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Then I had to wonder if her resume would be scented for an in person interview.

Sunny
Sunny

May be she's trying to show that she loves her job. I think she will get a job real soon after this post.

Jillian Walker
Jillian Walker

Ha ha - love it. Ridiculous and out there. I'd call her for the interview... just to see if she showed up in pink. ;)

Prasad K Patankar
Prasad K Patankar

I would definitely hire her :) And I am thinking of putting in a link to my eHarmony profile on my resume.

bmalin
bmalin

She wants to work for the NRA and loves bullet points.

Margo
Margo

For me the issue lies within spacing. I'd rather have more information in that space. Also, I am more perplexed by the use of present tense in past jobs.

Suzanne Goldman
Suzanne Goldman

At first I did laugh, the kind of laugh which really is snickering. Then I wondered if she used pink colored paper for her resume. Someone who has the nerve to use "hearts" as her bullet points either clueless or really looking to stand out (not in a good way). She did get attention out of this. Perhaps this was her message in the end.

Corey Witt
Corey Witt

Hi Rich, As a job seeker, you want your resume to standout, but in a good way. Maybe this person thought that using hearts as bullet points would do the trick -- and she certainly has been noticed. While this is obviously an example of what-not-to-do to get your resume to standout, it does raise the larger point of how can a job seeker make his resume standout while not being too flashy/corny. Experience/knowledge/education should do the talking for you, but in a jam-packed job market, how should one get that noticed. It might take hearts as bullet points -- it doesn't have to work all the time, just once will get an interview. Great post/topic! - Corey http://www.urbaninterns.com

Deb
Deb

I smiled and asked myself what type of person would purposely use hearts as bullet points. My answer is a cheerful, outgoing, and creative young woman in a fashion-related industry. She probably wears a bit too much pink. I like her.

Erica Otto
Erica Otto

Oh my...I did laugh, but not at the person. I actually wish I could call her right now and have her change it. This is why I volunteer my time as much as possible to spread the word about job hunting etiquette. I can't stop shaking my head and saying "no, no, no" as I do it.

Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers
Miriam Salpeter, Keppie Careers

I wonder if it was a "translation" error...Maybe she doesn't know she's sending a "love" message to prospective employers? No matter the intent, a reminder to think about how your resume looks when it gets where it's going!

Jay Dolan
Jay Dolan

It's funny to me that I immediately associate the hearts with a woman, but if a man did that, it would be 1) Totally bad ass or 2) Totally gay. Still, I laughed.

Brooke Farmer
Brooke Farmer

Wow. That's all I've got. I know my resume writing skills are less than what they need to be. But really, I would love to meet this girl and just ask *why*?

Ian
Ian

Cardiologist?

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Jillian - My guess is SOMETHING will be pink. Maybe not the whole outfit, but something. I'd love to take bets from people on it!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

You're not remotely concerned with the hearts, Margo? Just the spacing? Interesting!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Suzanne - I just wish I could talk to the recruiters that receive her resume. I wonder what their initial reaction is.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Corey - Great comment and thoughts! I do agree with you in what you're saying, I just wonder if she actually thought to herself, "this will get me noticed". I think it might just be, "I love hearts!!!".

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Deb - Maybe she is cheerful. Maybe she does like pink. Maybe she's creative. Maybe this would make me want to interview her. And maybe the person reviewing the resume will like the

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Erica - Thanks for the comment! Yep, I agree, and it's wonderful that you do volunteer to help out.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Miriam - That could be it, but I'm leaning more towards this was on purpose!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Jay - I LOL'd at the comment. I LOL'd so hard that I needed to share that on Twitter. It would be completely bad ass if it was for a trucker job or something dangerous. Or maybe for a job that a dude doesn't really want, but needs to apply for some reason. Thanks for the comment.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Brooke - Wow is pretty much all you need to say at this point. I'd love to help her out a bit!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Ian - I actually laughed out loud. That could be another example where it might work!