Writing an impressive resume takes the kind of expertise that not everyone possesses. You can be good at any number of things in this world without being particularly adept at creating a well written resume. For military personnel, transitioning into a civilian or federal job can be challenging. You’ve got enough to deal with, so why not leave the resume writing to the professionals at USA Resume? We can create an aesthetically appealing, well-constructed, memorable resume that will help you stand the best chance of landing the position for which you are applying.

Resumes for Military to Civilian Transition Jobseekers

Prior military professionals now seeking civilian or federal employment need the proper resume to obtain a job, and the formats for civilian resumes and federal resumes are vastly different. Tips for a successful transition of this kind can involve the following:

  • Attend a TAP (Transition Assistance Program) workshop.
  • Locate employers who are military-friendly.
  • Find headhunters and recruiters whose focus is mainly military to civilian/federal transitions. Watch for veteran job fairs.
  • Get the word out. Network like crazy!

Here are some tips for writing a resume and interviewing if you're transitioning from the military to a civilian or federal career:

  • Avoid military jargon such as “ma’am” or “sir” when interviewed, and use civilian time rather than military time.
  • Identify and list your transferable skills.
  • Play up your ex-military transferable strengths – (i.e., natural leadership, impeccable execution, individual accountability, and precise communication).

When writing a resume, there are many things to keep in mind. Resumes geared toward specific jobs, careers, skills, positions, etc., have precise information pertaining to each, of course. But in general, there are a handful of tips that apply to basically every resume. They are as follows:

  • Don’t go back more than 10 to 12 years in the descriptive Professional Career History section.
  • If you’re over 45, take off dates that apply to graduations and anything else that hints at how old you are.
  • If you feel that your home location may deter an employer from hiring you, do not put your house address at the top of the resume. Rather, simply put your name, phone number, and an email address. You can talk about the drive to work after they decide to interview you. Here are two reasons that your address might hurt you: 1) your employer may feel that your drive to and from work is too long, and 2) you may live in a neighborhood that is considered “questionable”, and an employer may have preconceived notions regarding such.
  • Whenever possible, keep your resume to one to two pages. The only exceptions would be if you have extensive experience and feel it would improve your chances for hire, but even then, two pages are generally adequate if the resume is created by a professional resume writer such as those at USA Resume.

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