How To Use High Caliber Bullets For A Killer Loss Prevention Resume

Loss Prevention Resumes

No one likes walls of text.  Whether it’s a web page, novel, or your loss prevention resume – if the goal is to promote readability, then breaking up the text is an absolute must. 


 When it comes to your resume, one of the easiest ways to do this is through the use of bullet points.  Bullet points can be a helpful guideline for keeping your writing concise, and they also create momentum, encouraging the reader to continue down the page. 


However, it’s not as simple as adding a bullet point to a paragraph and calling it a day.  Bullet points that fail to capture attention and influence the action of a talent seeker, are likely to lead to a missed opportunity.  Here’s a few tips to take your bullet points from yawn to YES!


STORIES SELL


A large majority of resumes make the mistake of focusing too heavily on roles and responsibilities and use phrases like “responsible for” or “duties include.”  These are passive statements that make your resume sound like a job description, and the words that follow rarely contain any meaningful specifics or mention of achievements or accomplishments.  


While it’s perfectly acceptable to mention your roles or responsibilities in your resume, it’s important to write them in an achievement-based fashion.  But how?  Before you write your bullet point, grab a piece of paper and brainstorm using the C-A-R formula. 


C – Challenge:  Describe a challenge that you faced in your role.  This could be anything from attempting to create a meaningful partnership where one did not previously exist, to launching a loss prevention awareness campaign, or stepping into a new role with the expectation of reducing shrink.


 A – Action:  Next, describe the actions that you took in the face of the challenge.  How did you meet the challenge head on?  What did you actually DO to attempt to overcome the challenge?


 R – Result:  What were the results of your actions?  Did you forge that partnership?  Launch that awareness campaign?  Reduce shrink?  Excellent. Now, take it a step further and explain how that impacted the department or company in a meaningful way (be specific!).


 LOAD YOUR BULLETS


Now that you have the perfect content for your bullet points, it’s time to construct them.  Since it’s a reality that not everyone will read every word of your loss prevention resume, you want to make your bullet points easy to “skim.”  To do this, front load the bullet points leading with a specific result, then expand on the actions that led to it.  

In order to inject a sense of “action”, lead the bullet point with an action verb (Piloted, orchestrated, managed, influenced, etc).  If you need some ideas or inspiration for action words to use in your own resume, click here.  


So based on the C-A-R formula above, your bullet point could for example, look something like this:

  • Improved employee engagement by 40% across 350 stores through the redesign and implementation of a loss prevention awareness campaign.

 

MAKE IT POP


Since you front loaded your bullet point leading with the result, you can now draw more attention to it by bolding the most impactful part of the sentence (result). So for example:

  • Improved employee engagement by 40% across 350 stores through the redesign and implementation of a loss prevention awareness campaign.

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE


Since Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are here to stay, it’s important to optimize your resume for online submissions in order to promote the proper parsing of information by these resume filtering programs.  When it comes to bullet points, stick with standard bullets and avoid graphics, images, or special characters.  While those checkmarks or diamonds might look great on paper, they may do more harm than good online.


ADJUST YOUR SPACING


Make sure there is enough space between your bullet points and adjust indents and margins as needed depending on the length and text density of your resume.  Providing enough space will create balance in the document and enough visual separation between the paragraph content and your bullet points. 

Your turn.  Go through your resume, reorganize those bullet points, add some emphasis to them, and take a look at what content stands out when you're done.