When leaving the military, you may wonder how to include all your military experience in just one page of a resume. It can be done, but you will need to choose the most important parts of your career on your military resume. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you do just that in a format that will get you hired.
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Draft a Sample
Take a look at some of the samples online. You will be surprised at how many there are and many will provide a sample of the specific military resume you need. Pay attention to the formatting. Then start drafting a resume in the same format. You can add in as much information as you feel is relevant at first. Once you start typing it up, you will be able to cut out the information that may not fit as well as you initially thought.
Chronological or Functional
When choosing a format for your military resume, consider either a chronological or functional format. A chronological format lists your employment in a chronological order. Even if you were in the military, you can still use this format. Start with your initial enlistment and then progress through the promotions you earned. Include a section on any awards or medals you received.
A functional military resume focuses on your skills and experience. You can list the one employer, but then add in any training, awards, medals, or special deployments. This is a good choice if you are searching for a job in the same type of field as you had in the military.
Watch the Abbreviations
There is probably no one career in the military that doesn’t use a wide range of abbreviations in their everyday conversations. However, the civilian world isn’t always aware of what these abbreviations means. When creating your military resume, make sure you don’t use abbreviations that may be misinterpreted. Take the time to spell out the message you are trying to convey.
Don’t Be Too Humble
While you may feel like underplaying some of the really impressive things you accomplished while in the military, there’s no need to be too humble. Those medals and awards that you earned say a lot about the type of person you are. It’s okay to include them all in your resume, starting with the ones that are most difficult to receive.
Many companies will give special consideration to veterans. You may be eligible for additional points on a skills test or some companies could even move your resume up higher on the list to interview. Take advantage of this, as it can help you land a job faster than some other might be able to.
A Final Thought
Writing an effective military resume isn’t as difficult as it might seem. There are many samples available online to help you get started. Make sure you proofread your resume carefully and if you feel it’s too long, have someone else look over it. They may be able to see some areas where you can get rid of some information, so it all fits on one page.