Using The S.T.A.R Method

Using the STAR method, helps your resume stand out.  Rather than just reading what your responsibilities are, the reader will:
  • understand why you had a certain responsibility (i.e, situation), 
  • the activity you had to perform to carry out the responsibility (i.e., task), 
  • how you went about figuring out how to perform the task (i.e., analysis) and 
  • the outcome from you carrying out your responsibility (i.e., results).
Each responsibility/situation can then be turned into a bullet on your resume and/or an answer to an interview question, especially if the interviewer is using behavioral interviewing.

So how to begin?  Create five columns on a piece of paper, in a word document or in a spreadsheet labeling them:  Responsibility/Accomplshment; Situation; Task; Analyst; Results

I suggest you use two ways to create the items in column 1 (Responsibility/Accomplishment):
  1. Traditional Way. Create a list of your responsibilities and accomplishments in anything that is related to the job you are seeking (i.e., jobs you've had; related experience whether in a job, volunteering, etc; formal or informal education or training; personal passions or interests; etc.).  Often these will be on your resume.
  2. Critical Incidence/Your Proudest Accomplishments. List those GREAT accomplishments that you are personally proud of.  Include every accomplishment that you are proud of, whether directly job-related or not to a job you are seeking and whether you think others will agree the accomplishment is GREAT.  (As an example, for me, I didn't play lacrosse in high school, but I worked to get good at lacrosse and in my junior year on the variety team, I score a goal against Syracuse, when they were ranked 12th in the country.  This is an example of setting a difficult goal and achieving it.)  
In column 1, list the accomplishment, in column 2 date it and in column 3 classify it as an example of leadership, problem-solving, overcoming obstacles, working well with people, strength, weakness, etc. Use the column 2 (date) to know where it could be a bullet on your resume and you it to answer behavioral interviewing questions.

For columns 2 through 5, see the STAR method guidelines.

See below for the first draft of STAR spreadsheet.Example of spreadsheet using STAR method

John Breault,
Nov 15, 2015, 11:27 AM