How to Write a Military Resume


A military resume formats military experience in a way which potential employers can see the relevance of your military skills for a civilian job. This resume format focuses on things such as leadership experience, the ability to work well under pressure, and unquestioning ability to follow directions. It is a great benefit to any employer to have ex-military personal on board, and this resume format makes it easy to see that.

Things You'll Need

  • A list of your skills
  • Education information
  • Computer
  • Paper
  • Printer
  • Printer Ink
  • Address and telephone numbers of previous employers
  • List of any special qualifications that you might have
  • Your basic resume format should these elements: contact information, job objective, qualification summery, education experience, skills, military experience, accomplishments and achievements, activities, personal awards and certifications, and training received.

  • Your contact information should be at the top of the page. It doesn’t really matter what formatting, as long as all the ways to reach you are listed at the top of the page. Your job objective should state what you are hoping to accomplish in a given job. It is best if these are tailored for specific jobs as well.

  • In the education experience field you should list all schools you have attended and all degrees received. Also list years attended. If you have received any special awards in college, you can list them here as well.

  • When writing your military experience, try to be as brief as possible. Sum up job duties with short bullet points. If possible, list the contact information of each officer who served over you for reference purposes. List dates of all jobs held.

  • These fields focus on special awards and notification paid to you because of your good work. List all achievements attained, relevant activities involved in, and any personal rewards received.

  • This is the place to put any special training that you have received that might help you stand out against other candidates. Military personal have a distinct advantage here, because no other profession offers as much on-the-job training as the military. Take advantage of that!

  • When you are finished writing your resume, have someone else look it over. This will help avoid things such as typos and other errors. When they are finished, then you are ready to send the resume out to potential employers. This is usually done through hard copies, or through e-mail.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your resume is going to be printed, make sure it is printed on good quality paper, as poor quality paper can reflect badly on job-seekers.
  • Resumes written in clear, brief formatting is best. That way potential employers can see at a glance what your qualifications and special skills are.
  • Be sure to put any relevant skills on each different resume for each job. The best thing to do is to create slightly different resumes for each job you apply for.
  • Never lie when creating a resume. Many employers check the information listed on resumes, and lying employees never go over well with employers.

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