Veteran Resume Makeover: How To Convey A Professional Image
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.
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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