Your resume can be like the spoken word. Once said—or in this case, sent to your potential employer—it’s often challenging to take the words back, so you’d better be sure they pack the right punch.
If your resume is on point, it will likely strike the target you intended. Otherwise, it can either miss it completely or simply fail to make a memorable impression.
“Once someone fires a resume at a potential employer they should be absolutely sure their words target the job they’re after,” said National Employment Director Jeff Hall. “If not, a candidate could miss the mark completely and someone else may land the job you wanted.”
Here are a few tips on resume writing from a Forbes article featuring guidance by Tony Beshara, author of Unbeatable Resumes and president of Babich and Associates.
Beshara advises to keep resumes simple and no more than two pages in length. He also said a job candidate does not have to use full sentences and beginning statements with a verb is often best.
“Get rid of ‘objectives’ and ‘summary’ and all that silly stuff,” Beshara said in the article. “It’s all fluff. An employer doesn’t care about your objective. He cares about his.”
Hall offered specific advice unique to service members preparing to transition out of uniform.
“While attending DAV career fairs, I’ve noticed many employers get lost in ‘military-ese,’” he said. “It helps to replace jargon like ‘NCOIC’ to their civilian equivalent, such as ‘manager’ or ‘supervisor’ as appropriate.”
Hall said an exceptional resume would also include what he calls “the why.”
“This is the part where you tell your prospective employer why he or she should hire you,” Hall said. “It indicates what you have accomplished in past professional roles, shows what leadership experiences you have and what you’re passionate about. These, of course, should be specifically targeted to the job you’re after.”
More resources are available at jobs.dav.org.