Wednesday, April 22, 2015

9 Reasons an Employer Won’t Ever Read your Military Resume… and What to Do About it (Part 3)

Orion Navy NCO and SNCO Recruiter Sultan Camp recently published a three-part blog post for Every Veteran Hired that explores nine reasons your military resume isn't being read by hiring managers. Check out this excerpt from Part 3 below to see read about the last three reasons. Visit Every Veteran Hired for the full article.

7. You’re An Effective Communicator, but Your Resume Says Otherwise

The kind of people employers want to hire instinctively know how to write a good resume because they’re effective at communicating. They don’t need to tell me they have good communications skills — I can tell from the resume and its organization.
The reason is simple: poorly organized resumes make it more difficult for recruiters to find information and evaluate a prospect. Resumes that get results show less data, contain less clutter and have better formatting, which make them easier to read.
By now, you already know what employers are looking for and have figured out what you have to offer. Now you need a resume strategy. Learning how to strategize your resume is the absolute #1 secret to opening doors and getting interviews. This is can’t be stressed enough!
8. You Don’t Know What the Heck a Resume Strategy Is
Developing a resume strategy means sitting down and figuring out exactly what message you want to convey to your audience. As I said in the beginning of this series, most people think of resume writing as documenting their career history, but that’s absolutely the wrong way to think about it. By now you should realize that your resume is a windshield, not a rearview mirror marketing tool.
How Do You Settle on a Resume Strategy?
We’ve pretty much laid the foundation for your military resume strategy in my two earlier posts in this series. So far, I’ve talked about how important it is to understand what employers need (what keeps them up at night) and why you have to fully focus on what you bring to the table (your unique value and ability to ease their pain).
To decide on your resume strategy, see where the two intersect. Look at your ability to add value and match that to the needs of your target employers. Where the two meet is your unique value proposition, and that’s the basis for your resume strategy. 
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