to Write a Military Resume
So you're leaving the service and are faced with the daunting task of
developing your resume. No doubt your military career is studded with
accomplishments, but even the most decorated veteran needs to figure out
how to make the transition to a civilian position. Instructions are
What is Your Civilian Job Objective?
You can't effectively market yourself for a civilian job if you don't
have a clearly defined goal. Before writing your resume, research
occupations and pinpoint a specific career path. If you find that
you cannot set only one goal, you can have multiple resumes.
Create a Resume Employers' Want to Read
Now that your objective is defined, you are ready to go and write that
eye-popping resume. Consider a resume's purpose: To answer the
employer's question, "What can this person do for me?" Know what the
employer wants and write your resume to their needs and job postings.
Research what types of skills and experiences employers are seeking.
What aspects of your military and civilian background are most relevant?
Any information that does not relate to your goal should be eliminated
or de-emphasized, and this includes any unrelated military awards,
training and distinctions. For example, that medal you won for rifle
marksmanship doesn't belong on a civilian resume. This is often the
hardest step for ex-military personnel, which is why it's so common to
see military resumes span five pages or longer. As you make the decision
about which information to include, ask yourself, "Will a potential
employer care about this experience?" Only include information that will
help you land an interview.
When Writing Your Resume Assume the Employer Does Not Know You
Demilitarize your job titles, duties, accomplishments, training and
awards to appeal to civilian hiring managers. Employers with no military
background don't understand military terminology, so translate these
into words they can understand. Show your resume to several non-military
friends and ask them to point out terms they don't understand.
Highlight Your Past Accomplishments
Your military career has offered you excellent opportunities for
training, practical experience and advancement. Tell them about your
accomplishments so the average civilian understands the importance of
* Here's an example of a demilitarized accomplishment statement:
"Increased employee retention rate by 16 percent by focusing on
training, team building and recognition programs. Earned reputation as
one of the most progressive and innovative IT organizations in the
Army's communications and IT community."
* Here's an example of incorporating a military award so employers
understand its value:
"Received Army Achievement Medal for completing 400+ medical evaluations
and developing patient database using MS Access. The database improved
reporting functions and tracked patient demographics, records,
medication, appointments and status."
Make Your Military Background Stand Out
You might have heard you need to downplay your military experience, but
the opposite is true. Your military background is an asset and should be
marketed as such. Many employers realize the value of bringing veterans
on board. Attributes honed in the military include dedication,
leadership, teamwork, positive work ethic and cross-functional skills.
If you fear a potential employer won't realize the significance of your
military experience, make sure your resume clearly communicates the
value that you bring to the table.
If You Were in Active Combat, Do Not Specify the Details
Defending your country and its interests is among the most admirable
pursuits, but the sad truth is actual references to the horrors of
combat leave many employers squeamish. While you might have worked in a
short-range air defense engagement zone, this experience might not
relate to your future goal. Tone down or remove references to the
Professional Military Resume
1234, West 67 Street
Carlisle, MA 01741
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
A highly organized, take charge
professional with more than twenty years
of law enforcement and security
experience. Strong problem solving and
decision making skills with the ability
to develop and implement effective
action plans. Demonstrated experience in
the coordination of criminal
investigations. Commitment to detail in
doing the job right the first time in
completing all projects. Excellent
communication and presentation skills. A
team leader, providing motivation and
training by example. Computer literate.
AREAS OF STRENGTH
-INVESTIGATIONS - LAW ENFORCEMENT -
PROJECT MANAGEMENT - TRAINING
Proven project management experience in
the collection, analysis, and
presentation of criminal evidence in
compliance with law enforcement
Solid reporting skills in conducting
thorough investigations and maintaining
Hands-on experience in all aspects of
motor vehicle accident, narcotics, and
Strong instruction and training skills
with individuals at all levels.
Certifications received: Narcotics &
Dangerous Drug Law Enforcement
Certification; National Crime
Information FBI Certificate; School of
Specialized training includes: Drug
Enforcement, Narcotic Law Enforcement,
and Computer Information Systems -
International Intelligence Information
Professional affiliations include:
Massachusetts Highway Association,
Worcester and Essex County Highway
Associations, Retired Massachusetts
State Police Association, and Central
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police
LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE
WURTSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
- Tetter, NH:
1991 - 1994
Coordinated all aspects of prisoner
security and transportation from
security facilities to courthouses,
ensuring the safety of the community and
the suspects. Additional
responsibilities included serving civil
process, evictions, and warrants within
Recognized for excellence in job
MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE - Boston,
1970 - 1990
Conducted interrogations and
pre-deposition interviews as part of
ongoing criminal investigations. Served
as an expert on narcotics, motor vehicle
law enforcement, and accident
investigations. Responsible for
performing public records research, as
well as coordinating interviews and
reconnaissance for drug trafficking
criminal investigations with other law
enforcement departments. Trained and
supervised new officers.
court officer, consistently sought out
for clarification on points of law and
procedures by district attorneys,
defense attorneys, and judges.
Career achievements in law enforcement
include commendations from the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division
of State Police, as well as numerous
citations and awards for service.
- POLICE STANDARDS & TRAINING
COUNCIL - Concord, NH
Law Enforcement Program
-NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY - Framingham,
Criminal Justice Coursework
-MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE ACADEMY -
Law Enforcement Program
UNITED STATES NAVAL RESERVES
Airman, Honorable Discharge
56 Yardley Avenue,
Worthington, US A 63977
Seeking a challenging position of
intelligence analysts where I can make
the best use of my abilities and
intelligence analysis skills.
Summary of Qualifications:
than 8 years of intelligence analyst
Superior writing and communication
Knowledge of public policy and current
Familiar with the All Source Analyst
System (ASAS LITE), Joint Intelligence
Operations Capability (JIOC-I).
Excellent interpersonal and human
Microsoft PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word,
Microsoft trained in installing and
configuring windows 2000 servers and
Programming language knowledge such as
Pascal, C, C++, J++, HTML, Visual Basic
Experienced in the development of
United States Army, Iraq
Reported and discussed the course of
action on the chemical, biological,
radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threat
to the senior level executive CBRN.
Worked with CIA, and DIA personnel to
gain knowledge on various chemicals used
by insurgents in manufacturing home-made
Operated the Global Broadcast Service (GBS)
providing support of the Unmanned Ariel
vehicle (UAV) feeds and tactical
Participated with FBI investigating
corrupt individuals within in the Iraqi
government and police organizations by
producing target packages, map products,
timelines, and data-mining.
Generated final reports for
Maintained systematic, cross-reference
intelligence records and files.
Northrop Grumman, Inc., Fair Lakes, VA
Prepared all-source intelligence
products to support the combat
Provided support to the ISR
(Intelligence, Surveillance, and
Reconnaissance) synchronization process.
Provided computer modeling and analysis
support for NBC Defense studies.
Designed and implemented new pre and
post processor tools for U.S. army
Provided all source analysis and
reporting, supporting Operation
Deliberate Forge, Libyan Freedom of
Received and processed incoming reports
- MS of Intelligence Analysis,
Michigan State University
- BA in International Relations,
Michigan State University
Usar Unit Administrator
56 Yardley Avenue,
Worthington, USA 65989
Seeking a challenging position of USAR
Unit Administrator in the military field
where I can apply the experience and
Summary of Qualifications:
Knowledge of USAR programs and policies.
Strong organizational and communication
Ability to work well with others to
accomplish a common goal.
Ability to juggle multiple tasks
Ability to obtain and maintain a secret
-USAR Unit Administrator,
-Department of the Army: Army
Reserve Command, Los Alamitos, CA
Performed administrative, clerical and
supply functions in support of the unit.
Implemented administrative plans,
policies and procedures established by
Prepared and processed personnel, pay,
supply action, maintenance of records
Interviewed individuals interested in
assignment, advised on army reserve
program and unit vacancies, answered
Served as the principal administrator
responsible for performance of a variety
of technical, analytical, advisory, and
coordinating duties for the USAR Unit
Commander in accomplishing the overall
functions of the unit.
Assigned, distributed and reviewed work
of subordinate unit sections and
Served as the key point of contact
regarding recruitment and retention for
-Supervisor Unit Administrator,
-Army Reserve Command, Ayer, MA
Managed personnel, finance, and
automated systems activities.
Represented commander by establishing
goals and objectives, and setting
priorities for accomplishing overall
Assisted the commander in establishing
unit and individual training goals and
Managed unit and individual training.
Interpreted training directives and
Managed and provided technical review of
completed personnel actions.
Managed the unit supply program.
Planed and established priorities.
Master of Business Administrator in
Finance, University of Texas
Bachelor of Science, University