4 Tips to Make a Military Resume Stand Out

6 seconds: that’s the amount of time that the average HR professional uses to review a resume. Unfortunately, some veterans are having trouble capturing the attention of employers that quickly and are struggling to find work. One reason being that HR professionals struggle with interpreting a military resume for a civilian job. To avoid this confusion, follow these steps to translate your military resume to the business world:

1. Update the Old-School Format

Most military resumes include the basics: name, phone, and an occasional picture. Delete the picture and include: home address, email, and a LinkedIn profile URL.

2. Replace Objective with Summary

An objective is a statement of career goals related to a specific industry or job application. Objectives stereotype you into one narrow role. Instead, write a summary of your background to explain who you are and what you’re capable of. Use action verbs like managed, trained, instructed, and supervised.

Example: 10-year veteran of the U.S. Navy with experience leading large groups and executing strategic plans in high-stress situations.

3. Cut the Excess

The purpose of a resume is to tell a brief career history… emphasis on the BRIEF. Delete high school education and turn each paragraph into a couple of 1-sentence bullet points. This makes it easier on the eyes and highlights your skills quickly to hiring managers.

4. Lose the Military Jargon

Remove acronyms, military terms, or the word “civilian” from a resume. Some HR professionals won’t understand what those mean, so you need to translate them into strong business buzzwords, like: effective communication, problem-solving, negotiated, launched, or conceptualizing. Here’s a list of the best (and worst) buzzwords to include.

Example of a good buzzword: title your education section “Military Professional Education”


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