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Good Morning Veterans! How is the word treating you today?
Man, I feel good this January morning. There’s a nip in the air and I plan to do a good round of PT at lunch. How about you? A few Pushups, A few sit-ups, and a two mile run at least – right??
Remember when you were standing on the range and the instructor was telling you about the different types of ammunition? What ammo you should use for what target? Real important stuff.
Well … Resumes are no different.
Gotta use the right tool for the right effect (or is affect, I always get those confused). No good firing 5.56 at a tank, am I right? Likewise, no good using a chronological resume when you a functional will get you that interview, and no need to use a functional, when a combination resume will tell your whole story.
Okay, let’s see.
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Like I mentioned earlier, there are two types of resumes – Broadcast and Targeted. There are three main formats in your quiver – Chronological, Functional and Combination.
The Good Old Standard Chronological
Take a look at figure 1 and to get a quick snapshot of the pros and cons of a chronological and though the pros suggest it is commonly used, some employers tell me this format can bury your qualifications for a job. If you are going to use a chronological resume I suggest you consider using this format for your broadcast effort.
On to the components of a good chronological resume!
Before you do anything else, open that master resume you made. This is the key step that saves you time and ensure quality. From this point, for the rest of your life, you will always open the master resume before you do anything else.
So you have your that bad boy open and now it is just a matter of
copying and pasting from the master to the Chronological. The example on this page shows a pretty good attempt. The only thing I would do differently is center justify the job titles. Other than that this is a good resume that easy to understand in a single rapid reading.
There are hundreds of templates for a chronological resumes on the web, but the most important thing to remember you go from oldest position to most recent job hitting the highlights of you performance. If you Google or Bing “Chronological Resume” You’ll end up with more than 600,000 hits.
With that being said there is no reason there is no reason to have a funky, disorganized resume with your name on it.
This resume works best if you have a strong work history and you last positon is similar to the position for which you are applying.
Military Skills Translation — I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but I didn’t. Oops!
One of the problems I had when I left the Army was my pride got in the way. I thought that having leader in my job title was a self-evident description of what I did. Oh no, no, no! It doesn’t work that way.
Fire team leader, squad leader, and platoon leader – the words will just bounce off the head of the HR professional whose closest understanding is their cousin Louie led something, somewhere, in one of the services. They don’t understand – its neither good nor bad; it just is.
So you have to push your pride aside and try to civilianize your accomplishments by visiting a good military skills translator. There are many available, but use one so you can get the hang of turning your skills into something employers care about.
It’s all in the words
Anyway from the example above, Mr. Lasky listed his from newest to oldest and used a lot descriptors that talked to his success and competencies.
Look at that resume closely. It paints a picture using data and measurable results. You need to do that too.
When I was a platoon leader I “Ensured the accountability of and maintenance of for four mobile integrated track laying combat systems worth more than 5 million dollars. I maintained a readiness rate of gr3eater than 90 percent for all organizational equipment (or something like that).
The point is telling your story in words that highlight your successes, not just list your job description and usually the only way to do that is with data. Anyway like a good fighting positon, it is all about preparation. Go back and refine all you successes and make sure you can paint a picture that an employer can understand.
The best advice I ever heard about making it easy for employers to call you for an interview came for Denzel Washington as lawyer Joe Miller in the movie Philadelphia, “Explain it to me as if I were an eight year old.”
Don’t make the HR department work for it, make it easy for the,.