Please review the resume tips below and the examples on the pages that follow. You can also view our Military to Civilian Resume Guidance video.
Follow the guidelines below to help ensure your military resume is going to be read and understood by top employers.
Resume Preparation Instructions
There are four important features to every resume – the resume must:
- Be organized
- Be concise
- Contain pertinent information
- Have a professional appearance
The instructions below will help you produce and/or reformat your resume into one that exemplifies these four attributes.
Resumes should be organized into the following sections: Heading/Headline, Education, Experience, Accomplishments and Training/Certifications.
HEADING: The heading should be at the top of the page. It must contain your name, current mailing address, home phone, cell phone and two email addresses.
Bradley N. Morris
1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd., Kennesaw GA, 30144
H (858) 638-7185 // C (858) 638-1212
firstname.lastname@example.org // email@example.com
HEADLINE (optional): A headline is not required. However, if you decide to use a headline on your resume, it should grab the reader’s attention and should “sell” you. Think, “Why should a company hire me?” See the following examples. Also, be sure to consult your Candidate Recruiter on this topic.
ARMY AVIATOR / TECHNICAL INSTRUCTOR
A combat-tested leader, pilot, instructor and operations officer fluent in Spanish and Russian.
Naval Academy graduate with over six years of management experience in a fast-paced logistics organization.
EXPERIENCED PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
A combat-tested U.S. Marine Corps leader specializing in maintenance and project management, large-scale logistics operations and employee development.
Technical Expertise: Especially for engineering and technician careers, a rule of thumb is that the more technical aspects you can include on your resume the better; this applies to engineers and senior Non-Commissioned Officers as well as more junior technicians.
For enlisted service members, leadership and supervision are important, but one must not forget to emphasize hands-on experience. A technical expertise section makes it easy for hiring managers to identify the types of equipment and tools that you have managed, fixed and operated. Think big picture (i.e. hydraulics, pneumatics, ladder logic, boilers, generators, etc.) rather than military-specific systems and terminology. As demonstrated in some of the examples above, technical expertise can be rolled into the “showcase” portion of your resume in lieu of a separate section.
• Mechanical Systems • AC & DC Circuits • Technical Manuals
• Frequency Counters • Electronic Cooling • Electrical Theory
• Solid State Devices • Electronic Theory • Multimeters
• Fluid Mechanics • Quality Assurance • Scheduled Maintenance
• Troubleshooting • Schematics and Diagrams • Electromechanical Systems
For IT resumes, technical expertise may be displayed in several sub-categories:
Operating Systems: Sun Solaris (6 yrs), HP-UX (5 yrs), Linux (4 yrs), Novell (5 yrs), Windows NT Server (2 yrs), Cisco IOS 9-12 (5 yrs)
Software: HP Openview (4 yrs), CiscoWorks (1 yr), Microsoft Exchange (2 yrs), Side Winder Firewalls (2 yrs), ISS (2 yrs)
Hardware: Pargain T1/E1 modems, Cabletron switches, Cisco 2500, 4000 and 7000 routers
Media: 10Base2 (BNC, COAX), 10BaseT (UTP)