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Is my resume filled with too much/irrelevant information?

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Justin Duval North Las Vegas, NV

I joined the military straight out of high school so I don’t have much (any) experience at writing a resumé. I’ve created a cover letter and resumé but I personally feel like it’s a bit wordy. If anyone would like to give me some feedback it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

15 March 2021 4 replies Resumes & Cover Letters

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Advisor

Natalie Johnson New York, NY

Hi Jason, great question! For trimming down your resume to the necessary information, I like to recommend Declutter Your Resume from Monster (https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/Declutter-Your-Resume-in-5-Steps).

For more general resume advice, broken down by the amount of time it takes you to complete the task, 45 Quick Changes That Help Get Your Resume Noticed from The Muse (https://www.themuse.com/advice/45-quick-changes-that-help-your-resume-get-noticed) is a great resource. Good luck!

16 March 2021 Helpful answer

Advisor

Joe Engle Indianapolis, IN

Hello Justin. I would be honored to look at your resume. There are good people here with plenty of good ideas willing to help. Please message it to me.

Thanks for your service.

15 March 2021 Helpful answer

Advisor

Lex Levin Ellicott City, MD

Justin,

Happy to review your resume. I'm a full-time professional resume writer and a former Fed specializing for the last 11 years in working with Active Duty and Reserve Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses transitioning to Federal or private sector work.

You can best get in touch with me through my website contact page: https://lexlevinllc.com/contact/. Just answer a few questions, upload your current resume, and I'll review and advise.

Lex

Advisor

Kevin Hicks Freehold, NY

Thanks for your service! For your general resume, you'd probably want to list all Air Force experiences and training / certifications.

When you send your resume to a specific potential employer, tailor your resume to that job description. For example, if you're applying for a stand alone IT specialist position at a small company where you'll work more or less on your own, list how your jobs in the USAF required using certain software programs up front. Add information further down regarding leadership and logistics.

If you're applying for a management position where you'd lead a team, you'd want to show your leadership experiences and training up top, and mention IT and logistics further down.

Try to use the exact words from the job description, too: Many companies use software that scans the resume before a human sees it: if the job description says "experience with Microsoft Excel" and your resume states "Familiar with most software," a Human Resource manager might never read your resume.

Good luck!

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