Resume Writing: It’s Easier Than You Think!
Writing your own resume sounds super scary right?! Wrong!!! It’s actually very simple once you learn the basics. Because of this, we are ONLY going to focus on TEACHING you how to write you own. (I will list sources that will help you) This is important because after your military transition, chances are very high that you will want to transition jobs or entire career paths multiple times until you land the perfect one. One resume (your master) will not get you hired if you are blasting it out to a bunch of companies. Each job you apply for needs a separate tailored resume that matches key words in the job description, other parts of the job posting. This is why using a single resume for multiple jobs doesn’t work!
Most companies have what is called an Applicant Tracking System, or (ATS). This is an automated software program that automatically weeds out resumes that are lacking the correct keywords and information that the business is looking for. (This is why you can’t blast out ONE resume to a bunch of companies). Are you ready? Let’s go!
Step One: Print Your Military Records
These include your Verification of Military Experience and Training record (VMET). Print all of your annual performance reports. These are going to be used as the information for your resume bullets. One of the most common issues is military members listing military jargon in their resume. No hiring official is going to understand your acronyms (unless they have a veteran recruiter, or in Human Resources) so you will need to spell them out and translate what they are to civilian language. For example, replace “SNOIC for 2d MarDiv G-3, planning and executing all logistics for operations conducted in our AOR.” with “Supervised staff of 15 people. Planned and coordinated operations conducted by various subordinate units within our division.”
Watch this quick video before proceeding on!
Ok, are your records printed and in front of you, have you watched the above video? If not, stop here and print them, and watch the video. You’re all caught up? Cool! Let’s continue!
Step Two: Download a Free Resume Template
You don’t need to create the wheel with your resume template! There are a ton of free ones online (links provided below). Follow the KISS method “Keep it simple stupid”. You’re using your resume to get past a computer that is looking for text that matches the job description and requirements of the position you are applying for. It doesn’t recognize fancy outlines and graphics! It is designed to get you in front of the hiring official only! From there, it’s up to you to crush the interview! Cool?! Awesome…download away via the links below!
Welcome to the motherload of resume templates!! All you need to do is pick which industry you are planning on applying for a job in, then choose PDF or Word, then download! The templates are completely free! Click https://resume.application.careers/HERE or the image below to download a template.
You can also sign up at Resume.com and use their free software to help you build your resume! Template included. They make you sign up for an Indeed account (Job Search Site) but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing anyway. Just use your VMET records and annual reports and follow their directions!
Step Three: Write Your Resume
If time permits, have your base transition counselor review it so you can further refine. Ask someone from our Facebook Group to help you out! If you’ve already separated, ask for assistance from your local VA or Military One Source office.