Veteran Resume Makeover: How To Convey A Professional Image

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It's not always easy determining which information to include on a resume -- and in which order. Air National Guardsman Clay Doe, a pseudonym, thought that listing his planned bachelor of science degree was a priority, which is why he included it as the first item on his resume.

But Doe would do better to start with a professional summary, especially since he has yet to complete his degree, says employment expert Justin Nichols of Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit employment-services organization, who worked with Doe to improve his resume. An employer is more interested in what you've accomplished in your career, Nichols says.

Further, Doe's resume would be better if he ditched his list of hobbies. Doe believed that including them would show recruiters and hiring managers that he has energy, drive and is hardworking -- even off the job.

But listing hobbies is risky, Nichols says. A resume represents your professional self, he says, and it's hard to know how an employer will react to your personal interests. Weightlifting, for example, may bring up images in a hiring manager's mind of someone who is overly aggressive.

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

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I think this perception is wrong about job seekers should not be including any of their extra attributes other than specific skills related to the job description. After all in today's technology machines have been made to even decide the most difficult situations based on factual data they take or receive, and these machines costs millions of dollars in comparison to one employee's salary. what i'm trying to say is that human attributes are really what enhances the job role and brings forward to hire humans in the first place. So even (and this is just my personal opinion) if you have stated that you learnt karate in the resume for the job of gym instructor that defines the type of approach you have for physical exercises and you should mention how karate can enhance this role e.g. it has taught me to be patient and mentally ready for any situation, it has made me rigid and hard against problems etc. but then again, i suggest you take some professional help such as best of luck

January 08 2013 at 5:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carrie Miller

I just wanted to let you know what it is we are doing for our women heroes and for MI.
The plan is to acquire & renovate a large 10 bedroom house for our first transitional home to be known as OUR HOME TRANSITIONAL. It will be a place where our female vets and their kids come to when they are facing challenges & are in need of a place to call Home. The women who need services are not limited to the Flint area. As long as we have a room available we will take in any woman hero from anywhere in the US who may be in need of our services.
While here, they will be provided various types of assistance in efforts to transition to civilian life and self- sufficiency. As home one is up and running successfully, we will be acquiring several others on the block/area to provide a haven for our family. Training and assistance programs to be provided by the VA, VetBiz Central, LearnKey Veterans Services, Workforce Development Vet’s Division, Land Bank, SVMAP and Cars4vets will include: Job training/placement, mental and physical health, educational training, vehicle, and home placement assistance, to name a few.
According to the MI Homeless Coalition, there are over 150 homeless or about to be homeless female vets, some with children, from Saginaw on down to Detroit, right now! The need is there!

Carrie Miller
Executive Director
Our Home Transitional
810 309 9822

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