I'm getting out of the active duty Air Force in January and looking to transition from being a contracting specialist/business advisor (in the Air Force) to a management consultant.
I have heard that the best style of resume for someone with no experience in the field they are looking to make a career change into is a hybrid/combination style resume so I have molded my resume in a way that I believe fits, but what about my LinkedIn profile? Do I do the same or leave it like it is?
Any help that anyone can provide me regarding proofreading and tips on how to make them both better would be greatly appreciated.
The most important area of your LinkedIn profile is the summary area. This includes the free-text summary as well as your skills. The skills are important because they are search fields for recruiters. The summary is an ESSENTIAL statement, not of what you have done, but what you can do for your next employer. So that's something you should put some thought into. It needs to be clear to an employer how your business experience from the Air Force will make you superbly qualified to help them achieve x, y, and z.
The jobs themselves can be extracted (with a summary sentence and far less detail) from the resume.
As for the resume, its not as much about the format but more about making sure the right content is in there and that it showcases transferable skills that are applicable to the type of role you are applying for. It needs to be easy for a recruiter to see why you'd be a good fit for the position. The functional format of resume is often used for this because it highlights skills and not previous work history as much. There are good examples if you search Google for "functional resume examples" but if you'd like help directly with your resume, feel free to message me.
I agree that your summary should be what can you do for your new employer, you can use examples of what you have done in your past to to exemplify your strengths.
I was also told by several hiring managers while putting my linked in together that your summary should be written as if someone else wrote it for you, or in a third person format.
Good luck in all your future endeavors and thank you for your service :)
Thank you everyone for your responses. I have finally found a way forward on this.
This is a great how to reference book: How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ 2/E by Brad and Debra Schepp. I highly recommended it.
Your resume is not an autobiography. Most Human Resource people or managers looking for employees go through a screening process to eliminate those they do not believe are qualified to handle the position. The key is to avoid mistakes, inconsistencies and highlight your accomplishments along with anything else that distinguishes you from other potential candidates. Obviously, it is important that you avoid pitfalls that place you in the category of those who have obvious mistakes or inconsistency. Spelling and grammatical errors disqualify applicants, so make sure words are spelled properly and sentences are grammatically correct. It is imperative that you sell yourself. Education, experience and family circumstances are all key areas that should be addressed. To sell and distinguish yourself, after your personal information, start selling by listing the qualities, characteristics, education, accomplishments or experience that you feel is your primary asset. Most importantly tell prospective employers and those reading your information on LinkedIn on what your education and experience can do for them. Increased sales, reduced expenses, bring business into the firm from existing contacts are all excellent ways of demonstrating your potential value. Cut down on job duties, avoid repeating yourself, edit unnecessary words and customize your resume for the job you are applying for, and illustrate how your employment could be mutually benefical.
I'd be happy to help.... send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick, If you send me a copy of your resume, I will gladly review and provide feedback.
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