1) Job Title: Try to keep it all on one line. Name of the job and the employer. Dates of employment, month/year format is all you need. You may also add the city and state of the job, if there is space on the single line.
2) Job Description: One paragraph which includes no more than three or four sentences of relevant, high level duties. Do not list additional duties, unless they directly relate to your primary duties.
Led the supervision, training, health, and welfare of one hundred personnel. Responsible for maintenance, accountability, and operability of $10 million worth of equipment.
Maintained high-performance aircraft propulsion and starting systems valued at $5 million using precision measurement, inspection and diagnostic tools.
3) Achievements: For your most recent jobs, your three to four top, specific and measurable achievements are listed below the description in bullet format. For jobs in the more distant past, one to two top achievements are all you need. Each achievement bullet starts with an action verb.
Led a team of forty to best performance evaluations in unit of four hundred during annual inspection.
Earned Airman of the Quarter on installation of four thousand personnel.
Improved unit efficiency through a new program of better transportation planning resulting in 25% annual budget savings.
Increased sales revenue 75% to over $2 million in southeast territory winning salesperson of the year.
Education: Provide after employment history. If you have an Associates degree or higher, there is no need to list your high school. Only provide GPA if 3.0 or over.
Technical Skills: List and briefly describe specific technical skills. If you have a security clearance, include it here. You may display your skills in bullet or table format. Only list skills relevant to the career you seek. Keep in mind, in today’s world, listing MS Word as a technical skill is like listing that you know how to dial a phone – it’s not relevant.
Professional Certifications: List and briefly describe specific professional certifications. You may display your certifications in bullet or table format. Only list certifications relevant to the career you seek.
Military Awards And Military Education: If you have a Purple Heart or higher, you may list it under awards. Relevant military education may be listed in its own section if there is space. Schools with strict standards of acceptance and training, such as special forces schools, are generally more relevant than courses anyone can attend.
References: Do not include on resume. Keep them on a separate sheet to be provided upon employer’s request. Do not say at the bottom of your resume: “References available upon request” – they know this.
Most likely, civilians with no military experience are reviewing your resume. It’s important you strike a balance describing your military employment history.
You want to clarify any military terms with useful and understandable content. For example, if you worked on JDAMS, you don’t want “JDAM” or “Joint Direct Attack Munition” in your resume. It’s best to replace it with “all-weather smart munitions kit.” The civilian may still not know what it exactly means, but it’s more relatable than the acronym or official name.
However, you don’t want to go to extremes. If you were a squad leader, then use the title “Squad Leader” and describe what the duties are in the job description. Do not convert the title to “Shift Supervisor.”
The key is be proud of your military experience, but make sure it’s described in relatable ways to the resume reviewer.
Your career search can take a few days or several weeks. The best way to prepare is to know your achievements, skills, and yourself ahead of time. Beginning with a well thought out resume, your march toward a new career can be success.
The process of developing your resume is similar to the process of preparing for interviews. During your interview, the interviewer is less interested in what you did (your job description) than how well you did (your achievements). Your resume is more than a piece of paper, it is a valuable asset for your career search, it is your mission plan.