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When on the hunt for a job, it is important that your resume is well written and captures your experiences thoroughly. LiveCareer makes it easy for you to accomplish this by compiling expert advice and providing samples for you to learn from. Take a look at this executive US army officer resume sample to learn how to improve your own resume.
Manage the length of your resume
This resume sample is actually nearly perfect. One of the main ways it may differ from your own is its length. Typically resumes must be kept to a single page, but it is okay to use two pages if you have more than 10 years of experience, as this resume does. The length of this resume sample works very well for it, but you should be caution when writing yours and try to keep it shorter. Nearly every section has been extended slightly to better capture the writers extensive history. The highlights section has two columns of five bullet points, rather than three or four, the work history surpasses the typically five to eight bullet points for each position, and the achievements section takes up a lot of room. Note that the summary is four lines long, as it should be for every resume.
Take out all unimportant information
Because your space is so limited, every single piece of information that you include should earn its spot on your resume. You simply cannot afford to have repetitive or unnecessary text. Take a look at some of the points in this samples experience section:
These two points are not distinct enough to warrant having them both. Notice that they start with the same ten words. Worse, they each take up a lot of space on the page. It would be simple to combine these into a single point, but it would even be an improvement to simply remove one of them. After combining them, it may look like this:
The education section
One of the easiest sections to mess up is the education section, but luckily it is one of the least important sections. By the time employers read it, they will likely have already made up their mind about you, but it is still wise not to take any chances and make it shine just like the rest of your resume. This sample makes the mistake of extending the section with bullet points. This is not the right part of the resume to include specific examples of achievements. Your education section should stick to the basic facts and dates of your education experience and graduation. Of course, some employers will request information about your GPA or other educational facts, in which case they should be included when applying for those jobs specifically. If you feel strongly about including any of the information that may go here, it would be more appropriate to add them to the achievements section. To get started on a resume that will portray you in a good light to employers and fulfill all of their expectations, be sure to check LiveCareer out. Our resume builder and other tools and tips will put you on the right track to creating a resume that is sure to get you called in for an interview.