Use the STAR Method for Resumes and Job Interviews

When you are searching for a job, whether it’s your first or fifteenth, it can be hard to be confident in yourself and even harder to convey your accomplishments in a confident way when you are writing a resume or interviewing with a potential employer.

When asked about tips we could offer job seekers, one of Legion’s recruiters immediately recommended the STAR Method. His enthusiasm for this method convinced me that we should share it with our readers.

STAR is an acronym that stands for situation, task, action, and results. While typically used for answering interview questions about your past experiences and how you handled certain situations, it can also be applied to resumes. Here’s what it stands for:

  • Situation – This can be a positive or negative situation you were in, whether at work, school, or volunteer organization.
  • Task – This is a description of what you needed to accomplish in the above situation.
  • Action – This is what you did to complete the task.
  • Results – This is the outcome of your actions.

When writing your resume, the STAR Method helps you share relevant information with potential employers. Instead of just listing where you have worked and what your duties were at each place, use this method to describe what your talents are and specifically how you used them in the past to achieve a positive result. An interviewer will find this information much more useful than a laundry list of responsibilities.

If you are going for an interview, apply the STAR Method to a couple different situations that pertain to the potential job and practice your response to each portion of the method. You don’t want to memorize your responses because they will sound rehearsed and unnatural, but a little preparation will give you more confidence in your answers and will help you remember the main points you want to convey.

If you have questions about the STAR Method, or any other part of the job search process, give the Headhunters at Legion Logistics a call at (859) 384-1726. Jason Leonard and Danielle Wilder are always happy to help anyone who is looking for employment, even if they are not considering a job in logistics. They frequently attend resume and interview workshops for college students and veterans.