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When you pull your professional resume out form the recesses of your cloud storage, you want to ensure you update it to meet current industry standards of format and content. We’ve asked out team of resume experts to look over this U.S. Army Operations Officer resume sample and pinpoint areas that need improvement. Apply these tips and guidelines to your own revision process to ensure your resume meets and exceeds the hiring manager’s expectations.
Fill Out the Summary
The professional summary is the only section in a resume that doesn’t call for bullets, so take advantage of the space! Common practice dictates the use of 4 to 6 longer phrases written from the first person perspective and without the use of pronouns. In the sample, the applicant supplies excellent information, but fails to use all the allotted space. While you don’t want to overcrowd the area, you still need to provide enough information. A revised professional summary might look like: United States Army Operations Officer with active U.S. government secret security level clearance and over 10 years of field experience. Highly flexible and organized professional who is skilled at handling multiple tasks and managing priorities in fast-paced, changing environments. Motivated U.S. Army Operations Officer with business and financial background capable of managing multiple large accounts simultaneously. Dedicated professional with experience overseeing large and small teams while successfully fulfilling individual responsibilities in a timely manner. Notice that each phrase is punctuated with a period and contains strong action words. Additionally, write from a place of confidence and showcase your professional merit.
Include All Experience Information
There are two main issues with this applicant’s experience section. First, each entry should have 5 to 8 bullet points. This ensures you give enough information without overcrowding the space. A revised entry would be similar to the following: Operations Officer January 2010 to January 2013 United States Army ? Fayetteville, North Carolina
The second major issue is the overall lack of information in this section. Given the list of accomplishments and job description, it seems unlikely that this individual doesn’t have a work history beyond January 2010. In the resume, you must list all of your work experience. If you have an especially expansive career you can use two pages or even leave of the oldest and least relevant entries. However in this case, the applicant needs to showcase the ability to hold a post as well as how his career has progressed. With more entries, he can show the trajectory of his career as well as his unique capabilities and experience.
Include All Relevant Education
It is possible to receive a master’s degree without first receiving a bachelor’s degree, but it is very unlikely. Like in the experience section, this applicant has left out important educational information. Because he has completed degrees beyond a high school diploma, the officer can leave out high school credentials, but all of his higher education is relevant to his resume. As such, he should complete his educational history so that it shows the fill scope of his knowledge. Remember, don’t send your resume off without spending amble time proofreading because small errors and inconsistencies can significantly detract from your professional persona. For more useful tools and tips, use Live Career’s Resume Builder and get access to eye-catching templates that will make your document pop.