1. What does HOPE stand for?

Have Only Positive Expectations

HOPE is a backronym that stands for "have only positive expectations," which is some people's definition of "hope."

Wait ... what's a backronym?

Glad you asked. A backronym is an acronym that is created to fit an already existing word. In this case, the word hope already existed, and some clever soul decided to coin an acronym that a) used hope's letters and b) defined the act of hoping. Pretty nifty, huh?


"Remember, whatever the circumstances, don't forget to HOPE!"

A man who is known for his ability to HOPE

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Last Updated: June 22, 2021

2. What does HOPE refer to on a resume?

Highlights of Personal Experience

HOPE is a reference to the "Highlights of Personal Experience" section in a resume or a job interview. Most people use it in emails when discussing a potential job.

The HOPE section of a resume is meant to highlight ways that an applicant has demonstrated how they are right for the potential job in their experience. The listed experiences should be specific and relevant to the job.

Examples of HOPE items include how you've trained co-workers or implemented new processes. Or you could provide numeric examples of how you've increased sales or performed numerous tasks.


"Make sure to include HOPE at the top of your resume!"

Pam needs a better HOPE section on her resume

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Last Updated: June 22, 2021

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