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Resume Tips

Writing a resume is one of the most important, but most overlooked part of the career searching process. Your resume is a history, biography, and story all in one. There are many ways to write a resume and many different styles. LSVA provides resume writing classes through our Warrior For Life program and one on one resume writing help with Operation Career Battle Buddy.

A great place to start writing a resume is with the Resume Engine. Sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce, this program is specifically designed to help military veterans translate their background into a solid resume. Click here to check it out.

Here are some tips for writing a great resume:

Start With a New Email Address

Your email address should just be a name. If needed it can include a number, but make sure it is not the year you were born. Having your name as an email address will help people remember it and not accidentally misidentify you.

Include Your Rank

Many Human Resources departments now have a military veteran recruiter or possibly even have someone who served. Including your rank will help mark your leadership experience and show that you don’t just know a skill, but you know how to manage.

Re-Write A Resume Every Month

If you haven’t had any responses to a resume, maybe you need a re-write. Along with having a new resume, a freshly updated resume can also include any volunteer work or certifications that you obtained in the past 30 days.

Write More Than One Resume

Having multiple styles of resumes readily available will help you be ready to market yourself when you see a job opportunity. Resumes for an oil and gas company versus a hospital should look different, even if the person’s background is the same. Change up your resume to match the industries and job fields you are looking for.

Have a One Page Resume and Multiple Page Resume

A one page resume is like business card. Contact information and some background is good, but it can’t replace a solid history of yourself. Don’t sell yourself short with a one page resume. Have a two or three page resume handy for when you come across a recruiter that is really interested in you.

Edit and Double Check

Bad sentence structure and misspelled words will send a resume into the trash very quickly. A company won’t hire someone if they can’t even make a solid resume.

 

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