Veteran Resume Makeover: Get a Job Recruiter's Attention

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When it comes to the challenges of job hunting, simply getting your resume before a hiring manager can be an obstacle. Too few job seekers, however, are adept at making their experience and talents stand out on the page.

One example is the resume of Alex Doe (a pseudonym), below. He leads with a "summary of qualifications," but it lacks detail and doesn't grab the reader's eye. That's also true of his work experience, says Justin Nichols, associate of veteran programs at Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit employment-services organization.

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In improving Doe's resume, Nichols begins the new document with a Professional Summary that highlights keywords, such as a job title -- Intelligence Analyst, which Doe wants recruiters to notice, since it directly relates to the kind of job he wants. Leading with a professional summary, says Nichols, tells a hiring manager precisely what you've accomplished.

That may include your educational achievements, but only if they are related to the position you're seeking, he says. Additional details about education, trainings, certifications and awards should be moved to the bottom of the document.

Another way to catch the resume viewer's eye is to "bullet" responsibilities and list them in order of importance as they relate to your job. That instantly gives the reader a quick snapshot of what it is you are adept at.

Alex 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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talkca

Your just upset because you can't get a job. Stop crying about it and try harder. Yeah there are a lot of jobs out there, but in today day and age, if you have not noticed the times have changed. Having a degree higher than highschool is a no more a shoe in. Getting an actual degree then an associates is neither of the norm. It is even at the point that having a degree higher than Bachelors, is what the job market is looking for. Your not the only one with this problem. I' am in the same boat as you are, but I have a different mind set, and I do not blame others for having a job, which is the same one that I want, or I' am trying to apply for. Getting over it, and do something about it.

November 13 2012 at 11:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gonzop

Hi, i am a veteran and i know how hard it is to find a job after getting out of the military, I am a viet nam veteran, My problem is there are a lot of jobs out there, but you have all these people retire from state jobs, county jobs and are hired back as per diem, if you want to retire from your job than retire and let someone else have a job and stop double dipping from the state.

September 26 2012 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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