Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Resume Nuts & Bolts

If you are a transitioning military professional, you’ve most likely never before been required to create a professional resume. Resume writing can seem a little daunting. And while you have to address things like how to summarize your experience and knowledge you've gained in the military or how to convey your accomplishments in a concise and coherent manner, you also have to keep some important formatting issues in mind.

You typically have about 30 seconds to convince a potential employer reading your resume that you deserve an interview. In today’s competitive job market, a well-written resume is an important tool to get your foot in the door and on your way to landing the perfect position.

Here are some points to keep in mind as you begin to develop your resume:
  • Do not use military jargon. Position titles like Company Commander, Chief Machinist Mate, or Division Officer are acceptable, but be prepared to explain those terms. You must be able to quantify the number of people who worked for you, your level of technical expertise, and the dollar value of the equipment, program or budget you were responsible for.
  • There should not be any date gaps on your resume. You need to adequately cover all time periods specified on your resume.
  • Spelling and grammar on your resume must be correct and consistent. Double and triple-check to make sure you have no grammatical or punctuation errors.
  • Font should be standardized with Times New Roman being the preferred font format. Black is the only acceptable font color.
  • Pictures or icons are not acceptable on a professional resume.
  • Margins should be no smaller than 1 inch.
  • Resume paper should be a neutral color, preferably off-white.
  • Do not use text boxes when formatting your resume. Use a standard MS Word document.
  • Your resume length should be a maximum of two pages. The length of your resume is entirely dependent on your professional experience, and one page is ideal.
  • Duties and responsibilities are fine, but keep it short. Accomplishments are much more important. Companies don’t want the person responsible for things, they want the individual who gets things done.
  • Personal information (age, health, marital status) is not required and should not be included on your resume.
  • There is no need to put “References Available Upon Request.” You will, of course, supply outstanding references when requested. Use the limited space available to showcase your status as a top performer.

1 comment:

  1. My military training gave me an overview of all the different parts of the telecommunication world. Also, in the military, you grow accustomed to change. Some older techs in this field are not accustomed to the change. A lot of things in this field are dissertation going from RF to IP, and people who have been dealing with RF all of their careers are having issues with this change.