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Resume review

Veteran

Ashley Vetek Altus, OK

Good morning AdvisorNet!

I am new to the site and so excited to see all of the wonderful engagement. I am transitioning out of the Air Force in a few months after serving 11 years as a C-17 Pilot. I am hoping to earn a position in the Project Management or Consulting field. I am currently working on my resume and interview preparation. Would anyone be willing to advise and take a look at my resume?

Thank you so much for everything you do for transitioning Vets!
Ashley Vetek

14 October 2020 4 replies Resumes & Cover Letters

Answers

Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

Ashley,
After reviewing your LinkedIn profile, my question is what career are you looking to move into upon retirement or separation? The current airline industry is in a sorry state, or you usually would be snapped up, our son in law has been on furlough for 6 months and will just start flying again in November. He is lucky as is has seniority in the union as a right seater in the AB 320&321. If not for his tenure he would have been laid off.
Clearly you have a ton of experience in directing operations of a training sector, if you are looking for an operations type position you should start some informational interviews with individuals in that career. Look up informational interviews and be sure to be seeking information, this is where you ask for help as a service member preparing to depart the military(even if it is two years out). You will find a new language, new metrics by which civilians measure success, departmentalization i.e. you have an HR department for much of what you may do...
Keep in mind LinkedIn is one big search process, so if you are not continuing a career as a flight instructor or director of flight instruction you need give the millions searching for potential employees or potential networking to find you. I only chose operations, as I saw your Masters was in leadership vs something technical/aviation. Here are a couple of simple articles and some examples of focused LI profiles that limit the data towards a career versus a USA Jobs format.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/come-prepared-transition-process-gap-between-civilian-jerry-welsh/
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-more-right-jerry-welsh/
Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Mark Broc, PMP, SSGB, CSM and Jack Eisenhauer, Global Supply Chain. All have had long careers, but emphasized experiences and accomplishments that offer examples of the career they are searching for.
Also Michael Quinn is an excellent resource to follow and here is a recent post of his. It is hard to understand why civilians respect the military so much, but with our population of service members now at 0.5% they have no clue of how professional the military is. Thank you for your service and God Bless.

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Michael Quinn • 1st 2x LinkedIn Top Voice | People Advisory Services | Personal & Corporate Branding | Member, Forbes Coaches Council 3d •

3 days ago

Most difficult part of the #resume-writing process for transitioning service members?

Deleting all that stuff that doesn't really apply to THIS job.

I know from personal experience (on both sides).

If you catch yourself playing with the margins or reducing the font to fit everything in 2 pages....just stop.

Take a breath.

What you did 20+ years ago is not really relevant anymore (and won't impact the hiring decision except to bring about potential age discrimination).

99% of the population doesn't care about the $24M worth of equipment you were technically signed for.

The physical fitness and marksmanship scores you increased?

All that stuff you were "responsible for?"

Nope.

Tell us what you did.

Share quantified accomplishments that DIRECTLY RELATE to the job you are applying for.

When you think you've got it done right, reach out to mentors IN THAT FIELD for a quick review. They will let you know if you are focusing on the right things.

That you are clearly articulating why you are the best candidate.

LinkedIn can help you find those mentors.

Advisor

Robert Rahni White Plains, NY

Hi Ashley, if you’d like, I’d be glad to give your resume a look over and provide some suggestive edits.

I could also have some colleagues at my University’s Career Services Dept. who review thousands of resumes give it a gander.

Feel free to email or DM me.

Best,
Rob

Advisor

Duke Khadan Sawh Keyport, NJ

Hi Ashley,

Will be glad to review your resume. Have done this for the ACP community for several years. Please send your draft to me at duke4446@gmail.com.

Duke

Advisor

Sheila McCormick Oakland, CA

Happy to give you comments on your resume. I have done that for several others via ACP. Please send a word document to sheilamc@berkeley.edu

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