Veteran Resume Makeover: How To Adapt The Resume To The Job

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Many veterans don't worry about updating or even having a resume until they need to look for a job. But by then, it can be too late. Anxious about finding a job as soon as possible, many job seekers do a slapdash job, creating a resume that doesn't present a full picture of their achievements.

That's just one issue with the resume of Jon Doe (a pseudonym) shown below. Like many veterans soon to be discharged, Doe waited until the last minute to create his resume, says Justin Nichols, associate of veteran programs at Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit employment-services organization, who worked with Doe in revising his resume.

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"A resume is a living document," Nichols says. As workers continue to progress in their careers, they will need to continually update and revise them. They also need to learn how to translate those experiences into easily understandable bullet points that can be easily inserted into their resumes.

What's more, Nichols says, it's important to tailor each resume to the position being applied for. Too many job hunters simply submit the same document to employer after employer in the hope of getting an interview. That, he says, is a losing strategy.

Further, it's important to include employment and other information in the right place. In Doe's resume, for example, he notes "Active U.S. security clearance" as an expertise. "It isn't an experience, it's a clearance," Nichols says. That's also true of "Lean sigma yellow belt," which is a certification -- not an experience.

In the revised resume, Nichols includes a section titled, "Areas of Expertise," which, he says, better reflects Doe's work experiences.

Jess Doe's "before" resume is pictured below. Click here to see what his resume looks like after the transformation.

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David Schepp

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David Schepp has spent more than a dozen years covering business news for the electronic and print media, including Dow Jones Newswires, BBC News, Gannett Co., and most recently at AOL's DailyFinance. Nearly 10 years ago, he started writing a weekly People@Work column, looking in depth at issues facing workers in today's workplace. The syndicated column appeared in newspapers and websites nationwide before it made its debut on DailyFinance in 2010. Schepp now continues that tradition at Aol Jobs, covering the jobs beat and providing readers insight and analysis into the nation's challenging employment scene.

Schepp holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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The link to see Jon Does resume after transformation doesn't work. It just brings me back to the page. Can you please fix it. It would be helpful to see what a "transformed" resume looks like.

September 12 2012 at 12:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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