Tips on Developing a Resume

As you begin contacting employers, placement firms, or others who can help with your employment search, you will need a hard hitting, high-quality resume. Your resume should reflect you and your experience. It can be from one to three pages long, depending on what you have accomplished.

When writing a resume, be concise. You may want to emphasize the following:

  1. Your career objective. Type of position you are seeking, and why you want the position.
    How your experience, skills and education/training relate to the skill requirements the employer is seeking.
  2. To accomplish these items requires that you do research on the company and read carefully the job postings that company’s put on the Internet. Don’t respond if you are just close. Make sure you meet all the requirements so the employer will want to give you a call.

There is research that indicates the typical employer spends less than 30 seconds per resume on the initial review. There is other research that suggests that over 98% of all resumes received by employers never get a second look. Therefore, to be effective, your resume must provide the employer with information indicating that you do meet their needs as stated in the job posting.

To bring home that you meet the needs of the employer, make sure your resume statements show you accomplished something. By this we mean use statements showing “Did X which lead to Y”. For example, “Took command of a regiment and improved productivity by 35%” or “Given responsibility for the ships store’s and ordering. Saved 15% on the assigned budget by efficient planning and ordering.”

When writing a resume, keep in mind that most companies now use automated resume systems. This is important to understand. If you send in a resume that has blocks on it or is scattered in its format, it will not be scanned. This means it will also probably not be read and be trashed!

    Things to avoid in a resume include:

  • Too much use of military jargon, abbreviations, acronyms
  • Use of personal pronouns
  • Self flattering remarks

Here is a suggested resume format to consider using if you have civilian experience. While some of the lines are comical, they should get the point across.

Street Address
City, State ZipCode
770.555.1212 (h)

An optional thing to add to a resume, some like it, some don’t, but if used, tailor it to the job to which you are applying.

Operating Systems – IBM, and other OS stuff
Languages – C++, VB, Java, JavaScript, Alabamaese RDBMS – DB2, Oracle


Big Time Department Manager

    , Big Time Company, Atlanta, GA – January 1995 to Present

  • Responsible for all the Big Time activities at Big Time CompanyGrew department from 12 to 35 technical and support personnel while increasing productivity 600%
  • Increased profitability by 33% over the previous year
  • Managed a $4.2 million dollar budget which increased only 8% a year while increasing productivity 600%
  • Promoted twice from Analyst, to Department Manager

Small Time Department Manager

    , Small Time Company, Atlanta, GA – November 1992 to December 1994

  • Implemented small time activities which improved productivity of department 18%
  • Did X which lead to Y
  • Did another X which lead to Y


    US Army, 1979 to 1992

  • Served on Active Duty in various commands reaching the rank of Major
  • Responsibilities included budgets to $18,000,000 and managing up to 400 personnel
  • Cited for Doing X which lead to Y

BS Business stuff, Stuffy College, Stuffy, AL – 1979
ABC Training Company, Certification in ABC – 1992
XYZ Training Company, training in XYZ – 1995

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This would be a resume format if you only have military experience:

Street Address
City, State ZipCode
770.555.1212 (h)

An optional thing to add to a resume, some like it, some don’t, but if used, tailor it to the job to which you are applying.

Chief of Operations, Jacksonville Naval Hospital, Jacksonville, FL – 1995 to Present
Promoted from First Class Petty Officer to Chief
Responsible for all physical plant and supplies for a 300 bed hospital with 35,000 outpatient visits
Met all assigned objectives while sustaining a 30% reduction in force
Did more x which lead to y

Corpsman, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1992 to 1994
Served as a Physicians Assistant in a shipboard hospital with 50 beds and 20,000 outpatient visits a year
Did X which lead to Y
Did another X which lead to Y

AS Medical Technology, Stuffy College, Stuffy, AL – 1989

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