How to Write an Impressive Resume Job Description That Gets Noticed (+12 Examples!)

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October 19, 2023
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3 key takeaways

  • What a resume job description is (and best practices for writing yours)
  • How to write your job descriptions with Teal's free AI Resume Builder
  • 12 examples of standout resume job descriptions for inspiration

Your resume is your professional narrative. And like any compelling story, each chapter provides depth, giving readers (or in this case, potential employers) insight into your career.

Central to this story is your "Resume Job Description" section. But this section isn't just about listing your responsibilities; it's where your value comes to life.

Your resume job descriptions are a link between your experiences and the requirements of each unique role you apply to. And crafting them effectively becomes the key to framing your experiences in a way that resonates, making the reader eager continue on to the next chapter—and getting you that much closer to landing to an interview.

What is a resume job description?

A resume job description is the work experience on a resume. And it plays a vital role in providing a comprehensive overview of your previous positions, specifically tailored to the job you're applying for.

For every relevant role you've held, think of your job descriptions as concise summaries that highlight:

  • Where you worked
  • The title you held
  • Key accomplishments
  • Relevant qualifications
  • Your impact
  • Skills learned

The best part? By including a detailed job description for your previous jobs, you can effectively communicate the value you bring to the table. It allows you to emphasize the specific impact you've had and how it aligns with the requirements of the job you're pursuing.

Why is a resume job description important?

A resume job description is your specific employment history, and knowing how to write a good one is important because it: 

Showcases relevant experience

Your resume should only showcase the top 10% of your experience that's 100% relevant to the role you're applying for. By tailoring your resume job descriptions to each role and incorporating only applicable experience you demonstrate how your qualifications align with the requirements of a specific job.

Provides detailed insight

An overview of your relevant jobs helps a recruiter or hiring manager get a sense of the scope and impact of your previous positions—giving them a look at key skills, capabilities, and potential contributions.

Proves impact

Highlighting resume accomplishments with metrics and numbers (like exceeding sales targets by a particular percentage or leading a successful project that increases revenue by a specific dollar amount), provides tangible evidence of your capabilities and impact.

Demonstrates good communication skills

By clearly, concisely, and compellingly presenting your past roles and responsibilities, you demonstrate the ability to articulate information effectively (a valuable transferable skill in most professionals).

Write your job description for a resume with Teal

Your resume job descriptions are important, but writing every achievement doesn't need to be complicated.

Use the Achievement Assistant within the free Teal AI Resume Builder, to quickly craft metric-driven job descriptions for every relevant position you've held.

Crafting a resume job description with metrics
Use Teal's Achievement Assistant to write impactful resume bullets.

Interested in building out your job description achievements? Sign up for Teal for free today.

How to write your resume description and achievements

If you're struggling with writing job descriptions and achievements (also known as your work experience) that showcase metrics and impact, the free Achievement Assistant within the Teal AI Resume Builder makes this process easy.  

1. Start by signing up for Teal.

2. Navigate to the Resume Builder in the left panel. 

Adding a resume job description
Navigate to the Teal AI Resume Builder.

3. From here, you can click the "New Resume" button at the top right to start a new resume or select the resume you want to add achievements for.

How to add resume job descriptions
Add a new resume or work from an existing one.

4. Scroll down to the Work Experience section. (This is also known as your Resume Job Description section.) Then click "Add Work Experience."

Adding resume job descriptions in work experience
Click "Add Work Experience" to get started.

5. Now add the job you want to create achievements for. Every past job you list (as well as your current position) should be consistent. In this step, input your:

  • Company name
  • Company location
  • Job title
  • Start date
  • End date (if applicable)

6. Next, click "Add an Achievement." 

Adding resume job description achievements
Now, add metric-driven achievements.

7. Finally, you have two options. You can navigate to the Assistant tab at the top right to work through what you did, what metric you improved in what time frame, and how your action connects to your strategy. (Or just click the "Generate with AI button if you're stuck!)

Best practices for writing your resume job description

Now that you understand what a resume job description is and why it's such an important part of your professional story, let's dive into some best practices for creating resume job descriptions that accurately represent your experience with clarity and impact.

1. Limit included years of relevant experience

How far back should your resume really go?

Unless you're applying for a role as a C-suite level executive, it's best practice to limit your years of relevant experience to the past 10-15 years. 

Limiting the number of jobs or years allows you to focus on your most recent and relevant professional experiences, which will likely be the most valuable for potential employers. 

It also helps keep your resume concise and manageable. Remember, unless you're changing careers, recruiters and hiring managers are primarily interested in your recent accomplishments and skills directly related to the position you're applying for. 

2. Include the same basic information for each company 

Including the same basic information for each company in every resume job description maintains consistency throughout your resume. This basic information should include:

  • Company name
  • Your position or official job title
  • Company location (or remote if applicable)
  • Dates of your employment
  • 3-5 job description achievements per job title

By presenting information in a uniform resume format, you create a professional and organized appearance, making it easier for hiring managers and recruiters to review and assess your work history. 

Consistency also helps establish a clear career progression and narrative—enabling potential employers to compare your experiences across different organizations easily.

How long have you stayed with different companies? Has your career advanced? Where have you taken opportunities? When presented consistently, these patterns are easier to observe. 

3. Include relevant achievements 

Each of your job descriptions should have around three to five relevant achievements. And they should be formatted with resume bullet points—approximately three to five bullet points for each job description. 

List these achievements based on the most impressive and relevant information, and rather than just listing job duties or job responsibilities and structure your bullet points to focus on specific accomplishments and results.

4. Show metrics and impact 


Adding metrics to the achievements in your Resume Job Description section can help you stand out from other job seekers. They're measurable evidence of accomplishments and impact in previous roles, showcasing your incredible work.

When deciding which metrics to include, consider areas like:

  • Revenue increased
  • Money saved 
  • Process Improvements and the measurable impact 
  • Number of employees managed and the retention rate 
  • Process refinement and subsequent time saved 

5. Use action verbs 

The best action verbs for resume and work history make your experience more dynamic and engaging because they create a sense of, well, action. 

Instead of using passive verbs, like "responsible for" or "assisted with," try words like achieved, exceeded, generated, improved, or optimized, and connect those verbs to measurable achievements. 

6. Be honest

Being honest about your work experience is crucial. Honesty builds trust. And when you accurately represent your skills, responsibilities, and accomplishments, you establish credibility (and integrity). 

Being honest also ensures a good fit between your qualifications and the requirements found in the job ad. By accurately portraying your previous positions, you offer potential employers a real look at your capabilities. 

Tailoring your resume job descriptions

Your resume should align with the specific job posting of the role you're applying for. This means including relevant skills (hard skills and soft skills) and other important language in the key achievements of your "Work Experience" section.

So how do you find that information?

The Teal AI Resume Builder and Job Application tracker pull the top keywords (as skills and emphasis words) so you can incorporate exactly what hiring managers are looking for into your resume. (And you can do this all in one centralized platform.)

12 resume job description examples

Below are some job description examples that highlight a diverse range of roles and responsibilities across various levels of experience.

These samples offer valuable insights and inspiration for crafting clear and compelling job descriptions—no matter where you are in your career.

Creating resume job descriptions with no work experience

Writing a resume with no experience might seem daunting. But don't get overwhelmed just yet. You don't necessarily need a job title to impress prospective employers.

Think about your life experience up to this point.

Were you involved in student organizations? Did you do any volunteer work? How about unpaid internships, certifications, or projects?

These experiences are fundamental. And the many skills you picked up along the way are transferable—helping get your resume noticed by a hiring manager or recruiter.

So let's take a look at some examples of resume job descriptions with no work experience.

Resume job description examples with no work experience

Project-focused

Senior Graphic Design Project

April 2023

  • Received a 98% grade by increasing Miami Senior High School Annual Charity Walkathon attendance by 30%. Collaborated with a team of four and designed marketing materials such as posters, flyers, and social media graphics using Adobe Creative Suite to promote the event and encourage attendance.
  • Received 100% positive feedback from school administration and attendees.

Volunteer work-focused

Volunteer, Local Humane Society

March 2021 - Present

  • Assisted in caring for animals by feeding, grooming, and exercising daily, ensuring their well-being and promoting a positive environment.
  • Supported the humane society's adoption events by organizing and maintaining a welcoming and clean adoption area, increasing the chances of successful adoptions.
  • Collaborated with fellow volunteers to create engaging content for the organization's social media platforms, promoting animal adoption and raising awareness among the local community.

Internship-focused

Marketing Intern, Katie Rose Boutique

May 2022 - August 2022

  • Conducted market research and competitor analysis, providing valuable insights that informed the development of targeted marketing strategies and contributed to a 10% increase in customer engagement.
  • Assisted in creating compelling social media content and managing social media accounts, resulting in a 20% growth in follower count and improved brand visibility within the local community.
  • Collaborated with the marketing team to optimize website content and implement SEO techniques, leading to a 15% increase in organic website traffic and improved search engine rankings.

Resume job description examples for entry-level roles

Junior Business Analyst

05/2021 – 11/2021

InnovateX Solutions

  • Analyzed customer needs and developed business requirements documents, resulting in a 10% increase in customer satisfaction and improved alignment with customer expectations.
  • Developed process models and workflow diagrams to support business requirements, resulting in a 20% increase in process efficiency and improved overall productivity.
  • Developed and maintained project plans and timelines, resulting in a 15% increase in project completion rate and improved project management.

Entry Level Graphic Designer

6/2020 – 6/2022

CreativeCrafters

  • Art directed projects and pre-press operations, streamlining file production by 25%
  • Developed storyboards and animation graphics for a variety of digital products with compelling visuals
  • Created user interfaces, user experiences, and wireframes to ensure products effectively met customer needs

Junior Brand Marketer 

11/2021 – 08/2022 

StrategyWorks Group

  • Collaborated with stakeholders to develop and execute comprehensive branding campaigns, resulting in a 14% increase in customer engagement
  • Led the implementation of a customer feedback survey process, resulting in a 25% increase in response rate and providing valuable insights that informed brand strategies and led to a 9% improvement in customer satisfaction.
  • Developed and presented a series of innovative brand messaging strategies, contributing to a 15% increase in market share.

Resume job description examples for mid-level roles

Human Resources Coordinator

6/2022 – Present

Prodigy HR

  • Spearheaded the onboarding process of new hires, reducing onboarding time by 25%
  • Assisted in developing a performance management and career development program
  • Designed a cohesive employee recognition and reward system for staff retention contributing to a 26% increase in retention.

Full Stack Developer

02/2017 – 03/2019

TechNova Solutions

  • Developed and maintained a web application using React and Node.js, supporting a 50% increase in user traffic and a 15% increase in revenue over a one-year period.
  • Optimized a web application for performance and scalability, resulting in a 40% reduction in page load time and a 20% increase in application speed.
  • Collaborated with a cross-functional team to troubleshoot and debug a web application, resulting in a 90% reduction in application downtime and improved user satisfaction.

Editor

03/2022 – Present

Grammar Digital Publishing Co.

  • Developed and implemented a new editorial style guide, resulting in a 25% reduction in editing time and an increase in content quality.
  • Collaborated with authors to revise and improve content, resulting in a 15% increase in publication rates.
  • Managed publication schedules and coordinated with other departments to ensure timely publication, resulting in a 10% increase in content delivery

Resume job description examples for senior-level roles

Senior Customer Success Manager

3/2022 – Present

ACN South

  • Spearheaded the development of over 700 customer success plans, resulting in an increase of customer onboarding success rate by 23%.
  • Designed and developed a customer feedback survey program that generated an aggregate of 5,500+ responses over two months, driving customer satisfaction scores to an all-time high of 93%.
  • Created tailored customer success webinars resulting in an 11% increase in product utilization by existing customers.

Senior Front-end Developer

07/2021 – Present

FrontEndGenius

  • Spearheaded the successful refactoring of the client-side web architecture to introduce a reliable SPA (Single Page Applications)
  • Significantly improved the organization's page speed and scalability through creative combinations of HTML, JavaScript, and AJAX
  • Mentored junior developers while implementing cross-browser compatibility at the code level, resulting in a 50% increase in user satisfaction

Senior Growth Marketing Manager

3/2021 – Present

RocketBoost Marketing

  • Developed and implemented a successful digital marketing strategy that boosted website traffic, led to a 30% increase in conversion rate, and achieved an average increase of 40% in revenue from organic channels.
  • Created and maintained an automated metrics dashboard to track the performance of all marketing campaigns to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Optimized existing campaigns with A/B and multivariate testing, leading to a 25% increase in engagement and a 12% decrease in CPA

Ready to write resume job descriptions?

Your resume job descriptions are an important part of your professional story. And now that you know how to craft the most effective job descriptions that connect each chapter and grab the attention of hiring managers and recruiters, don't stop here.

Sign up for Teal today and seamlessly incorporate your experiences into your resume—one job description at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tailor my resume job description to a specific role or industry?

To tailor your resume job description effectively, research the role and industry to identify key skills and terminology. Use this information to highlight relevant experiences and accomplishments in your job descriptions, ensuring they align with the job posting's requirements. Incorporate industry-specific keywords to make your resume more attractive to applicant tracking systems and hiring managers.

What is the best way to quantify achievements in my resume job descriptions?

Quantify your achievements by providing concrete numbers, percentages, or other measurable outcomes that demonstrate the impact of your work. For example, instead of saying "increased sales," specify "increased sales by 25% over a six-month period." This provides clear evidence of your contributions and helps employers gauge the scale and scope of your accomplishments.

How long should each job description be on my resume?

Each job description should be concise yet informative, typically ranging from 3 to 6 bullet points or a short paragraph of about 50-100 words. Focus on your most significant achievements and responsibilities that are relevant to the job you're applying for. The goal is to provide enough detail to intrigue employers without overwhelming them with information.

Kayte Grady

Kayte, Senior Copywriter at Teal and Champion of ADHD professionals, is a seasoned writer passionate about storytelling and career growth. With a data-driven approach to content marketing and a word-nerd knack for resume builder analysis, Kayte’s on a mission to empower job seekers to land a job they love. Constantly pivoting and reinventing herself, this social-worker-turned-marketer found growth and camaraderie in tech—a genuine surprise given her never-ending devotion to the paper calendar.

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