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It can be difficult for experienced employees to find a clean and convenient format for their resume. After a long, varied career, there is a lot of information that has to be organized well without overwhelming the reader. This JROTC instructor can improve his resume in a number of ways.
Avoid presenting a wall of text
This single entry is very long and may be confusing to readers: G-4 Engineer Section January 2005 to January 2008 2nd Marine Wing Engineer Chief Cherry Point Marine Corps Ai, NC Reviewed new customer orders and requests and manually entered data into a centralized database.Conducted qualitative and quantitative analysis of logistics operations using simulation models and other tools.Negotiated contracts with outside providers to minimize costs to the company and customers.Oversaw scheduling for the day-to-day activities of 22 transportation employees.Monitored shipments to guarantee on-time delivery.Oversaw the organizing and product storage in stockyard areas.Built partnerships with local organizations to increase company offerings and improve services.Completed and followed up on all registration and traffic documents.Communicated all emergencies, delays due to weather and carrier schedule changes to customers and supervisors.Coordinated rush orders and order changes.Resolved problems for customers, warehouses and carriers.Acted as a liaison between logistics, carriers and customers.Coordinated returns between origin and interim transportation departments.Wrote weekly and monthly global transportation reports. Prepared invoices for all customers in the logistics department at the end of every month.Coordinated with freight forwarders to expedite international shipments. Like most jobs in the military, this was a highly demanding and complicated set of tasks. In merely three years, this person carried out 15 different logistical jobs as a Marine wing engineer chief. This can be difficult to process for the reader. Scanning it quickly for a few seconds, as many employers do, we are in danger of seeing it as an undifferentiated wall of text. Breaking it up into bullet points can make it much more readable.
Watch your spacing and punctuation
There’s another problem with this wall of text: there is no space after the period at the end of each item. For a correct, professional look, always add a space after a period or a comma. The spell-check feature in your word processor may be able to help you with this. So can the find and replace function.
Don’t skip obvious information
There is a 16-year gap in this resume between graduation from high school in 1983 and the position as recruiter supervisor in Cherry Point, NC in 1999. It is clear from the summary at the top of the document that this person spent most or all of that time serving with distinction in the military. This service, with the relevant years, should be listed briefly under the Experience heading. Don’t create a mysterious gap by skipping years of past experience.
Watch for redundancies
Can you spot the mistakes in this list?
There are two bullet points with the same item: Works well independently. There are also two bullet points with Flexible. This contradicts the person’s claim earlier in the same bullet list that he is detail-oriented. A detail-oriented person would not let such a simple mistake slip by in the editing process. QuintCareer’s Resume Builder is here to answer the tough questions about your own resume and make it into a stronger document. Our authentic resumes and personalized career advice can help you find the job of your dreams.