How To Write a Veteran Resume

Patriot Resume specializes on translating military skills to civilian language. Each military member wears many hats and performs 5-10 additional duties on top of their MOS/AFSC/RATE. There are several things to consider when writing a resume:

  1. Avoid using acronyms. The military has an acronym for everything, but civilian hiring managers don't always know what they mean. Its best to avoid using them all together if possible. Spell out what the acronym means if possible, but don't be afraid the generalize either. There is a reason the military has so many acronyms, often times what phrase the acronym represents is so incredibly long that its not practical to call everything but its true name. Think about this when writing a resume as well, if you need 1000 characters just to list program names and equipment descriptions, consider getting creative with naming conventions.

  2. Make a master list of everything you have done. We all have a ton of additional duties in the military. Make a list of every single aspect of your job and include all the additional duties. Keep this list and use it as a reference when building out a resume. Not all experience is relevant to every job opening, pick and choose which of your job experiences best fit the job you want.

  3. Get specific with impact. Make sure when you talk about your work history that you always bring that back to an impact on the mission. If you were a truck mechanic, how many trucks did you maintain? What is the dollar value of that fleet? What would happen if you weren't there to fix those trucks? Action + Impact = A good resume bullet.

The above list is just a small list of ideas on how to get started writing a Veteran resume. There are many other things to consider which will be covered in later blog posts. Of course if you need support you can always contact Patriot Resume for advice.

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