Describe vs. Demonstrate
Take a look at these two definitions.
We'll start with describe:
Give an account in words of (someone or something), including all the relevant characteristics, qualities, or events.
Mark out or draw (a geometric figure).
And here is demonstrate:
Give a practical exhibition and explanation of (how a machine, skill, or craft works or is performed).
Clearly show the existence or truth of (something) by giving proof or evidence.
The definitions are somewhat similar, but also quite different.
When you speed-read your resume in 8 seconds, which of these two questions does it answer:
- Here are all the things that I did.
- Here is the difference I made!
It's much easier to just describe something. But if you're giving a demonstration, you've added one key element to the formula: evidence.
It's the final word in the last definition.
Each bullet point has a chance to demonstrate an impact you had:
- To your team
- To the bottom line
- To your industry
It's helpful to keep these 2 words in mind as you revise. Is each line just a description, or can it become a demonstration of a skill or a personal quality on your outline?