Follow these general guidelines to create a powerful resume
- State a clear objective — be as specific as possible. General resumes are not effective. Rely on the work you’ve done to date (personal assessment, career research) to inform this objective. Create multiple resumes if you find you have more than one objective or career that you are applying for.
- Create custom resumes for different jobs. You want to target your resume for the job you’re seeking.
- Describe how your past achievements and responsibilities are relevant to the job you’re seeking.
- De-militarize the way you describe past experiences. Always assume the potential employer knows nothing about the military.
- Use specific statistics, numbers, and achievements. For example: “Increased productivity 25% by developing a new process.”
- Try to keep the resume brief — ideally between one to two pages.
- Include volunteer experience if it relates to the job you’re applying for.
- Include special skills you may have learned in the military — other languages, computer skills, etc.
- List any training courses or schools you may have completed or attended (in addition to any colleges or universities). If you attended a military school or completed highly specialized military courses, ask a local registrar or post-education counselor to help you translate your military training into the civilian credit equivalent.
- Use key words. Many companies will perform a keyword search on the resumes they receive. Be sure to review the job listing carefully and make sure your resume includes some of the key words from the ad, project management experience, for example.
- Proofread. Have another person (or persons) check it for mistakes. You can ask a family member, friend, mentor, or someone you’ve met through networking.
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