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Resumes, what does right look like?

Veteran

Ciro Stefano Albany, NY

After creating my master resume using the template HireHeroes provided, I've received sooo many different opinions on how good it is and/or changes I should make!?

How do I know who is right and if what I created is a good product?

6 November 2019 6 replies Resumes & Cover Letters

Answers

Veteran

Steve Adolt Lancaster, PA

Sir,

With all due respect to the previous answers, a man of your experience and caliber should be focused on networking with other persons of your caliber for the types of positions you are qualified for and worrying very little about your resume.

While it will be a necessary part of any interview / intake process, it should really be secondary to networking.

It would be my honor to have a discussion with you regarding your situation to better understand what value I could add to your transition.

Sincerely,

Steve Adolt
Owner, The Veteran Transition Zone

13 November 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Lex Levin Ellicott City, MD

Colonel,

As a professional full-time resume writer specializing in Military to Federal/Civilian transitions since 2009, I would be happy to review your resume and offer some free advice and tips. You could send it to me through here: https://lexlevinllc.com/contact/

For now, I will say I'm familiar with Hire Heroes resumes, which all follow the same cookie-cutter two-page template. Don't use them for any Federal applications you are considering, the two-page resume they write is not in Federal resume format and won't be competitive on USAJOBS.

With best wishes,

LL

7 November 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Thomas Kidd Dallas, TX

Col. Stefano-
I agree with both Susana and Estella, and would add that a trick that I've found helpful over the years is to not only adjust the information you are providing by role, but also try to highlight your leadership experience in each bullet. One of the most significant highlights that Veterans have over most other candidates is their leadership experience; so, not only saying what you did, but how you led will help your resume stand out.

Hope that helps,
TK (USMC Vet.)

7 November 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Susana Moraga Hayward, CA

Ciro,
First, a resume needs to be easy to read without a lot of formatting so both the applicant tracking system and an individual can easily see if you have the requisite experience to move forward in the process.
Second, different career fields or positions lean toward different positioning of information.
The best thing is to look at samples in your career field, get feedback from professionals in your career field and know why you are presenting what you need to for your resume to get you the interview you want.
Resumes construction is preference and two professionals in the same field can actually give you varying information.
Like everything in job search, know your field, the position and expectations for a successful job search.
Good luck,
Susana

6 November 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Estella Rummelein Englewood, CO

Hi. In most cases, employers utilize applicant tracking systems that utilize key word alignment to the position requisition. These key words are utilized within the system to search for the best potential candidate by high match to those key words.
You want to ensure your resume being submitted, legitimately includes these words - this requires creating a specific resume for each job you are applying for.
I feel and have proven it’s critical to have the right words that match the job posting than the format layout. Resumes get uploaded into these systems and searched against job posting. You want to be at the top %.
Where the resume format is important is during the interview. If you have questions, I’m happy to help.

6 November 2019 Helpful answer

Advisor

Robert Collom Lawrenceville, GA

Colonel: The only gauge as to whether your resume is any good is whether or not it gives a written image of who you are and your career goals. A resume needs to be short (one page) or it will not be read.

I know that it is impossible to put all your experience onto one page - but that is the age we live in. This one page resume needs to give us a one paragraph summary of your experience and brief detail on your career to date. And it needs to be skewed toward the person you imagine will be reading it in order to get your foot into an office and sitting for an interview. Give just enough information to spark their interest, but not enough to answer any of their questions. If you answer their questions in your resume, they won't need an interview - even though their ignorant suppositions are certainly wrong.

A extremely long a detailed resume will be under your note pad to help you answer any interview questions that come up about your storied experience level. But this long resume is just for you.

But of course the interview has nothing to do with your resume. The interview is all about establishing a relationship with the interviewer to get you to the next interview. The resume is just a place to start the conversation.

Thank you for your Service Sir. We are all in awe of all you have done for us. I do not have a dry eye as I think of the sacrifices you have made for us Sir.

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